i get this question a lot. i use polish first............i dont use a clear basecoat, but i use whatever polish im going to use first before i begin painting my designs. this creates a sandwich of polish/paint/topcoat.........and seals the art for long periods of time...
if you use paint directly on the nail, the oils from the nail actually go into the paint and pop the whole picture off whole! so that isnt good..hahahahahaah (unless you want to pop your nail polish off and make something with it later)
i hope this helps everyone who is reading and concerned and has this question!! i am so glad you guys are watching and asking and keep them coming! i have more videos up and on their way!