5 Simple Steps for Perfect Gel French Manicure
By: Marissa Caudillo
One of the most elegant and timeless nail looks that you can get is a french manicure. It is suitable for any season and any occasion. This timeless look can be done at home with a little practice. Here are 5 simple steps to get your perfect gel french manicure at home!
1. Prep your nails. Cut, file and shape your nails to your liking. Be sure to push back your cuticles. To create a perfect base for the gel polish, buff the nail lightly with a buffing block to remove any shine from the nail plate. Dust off any dust residue left on the nails with an alcohol wipe or a lint-free peelie (a sticky lint-free pad used in nail salons to remove excess dust from the nails). You will end up with a sand paper like texture on your nails. This will allow for better adhesion of the gel polish and also give you a longer lasting manicure!
2. Apply 1 coat of gel polish color of choice as a base color all over the nail. Cure under an LED lamp for 30 seconds or a UV lamp for 2 minutes depending on what type of lamp you have
In this blog you will be learning the 5 simple steps for a perfect gel french manicure. All the products used are easily available in the market and are very affordable too.
For those of you who don’t know, gel is basically a thick polish like liquid which hardens on its own when exposed to UV rays from an LED lamp. It offers high durability and chip resistance. The best part about gel nails is that it can last for up to 2 weeks without any chipping, peeling or fading so it’s definitely something worth trying if you want your nails to look perfectly groomed all the time!
So here we go with the five simple steps:
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When it comes to getting a perfect French manicure done at home, your best bet is a gel nail polish kit. Gel nail polishes are designed to last longer than traditional polishes, they dry quickly and they provide a glossy finish that can last for weeks. If you are wondering how to get a perfect French manicure with gel nail polish at home, we’ve got you covered.
The key to a perfect gel French manicure is preparation and practice. The first time might not go as smoothly as you would expect but with time and practice you will get there.
Follow these simple steps for the perfect gel French manicure:
Step 1: Prep the nails.
The first step to getting a perfect gel french manicure is to prep your nails. Use a filer and file your nails in one direction to get the desired shape. Make sure that you remove the shine on top of your nails as well by buffing them with a buffer. After that, clean all the dust off of your nails and remove any remaining oil or residue with a nail cleanser or nail polish remover.
Step 2: Apply Base Coat
Apply a base coat to all of your nails, then cure it under your LED lamp for 30 seconds or under your UV lamp for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Apply White Gel Polish
Apply a thin layer of white gel polish over your entire nail bed and cure it under LED lamp for 30 seconds or under UV lamp for 2 minutes. I recommend applying two coats if you have very pale skin tone so that you can get the bright white finish on your tips without having to use French tip guides.
Step 4: Apply Top Coat
Apply a top coat over the white layer of gel polish and cure it again under LED lamp for 30 seconds or under UV lamp for 2 minutes. This will make your gel french manicure last a lot longer and prevent any chipping at
If you want to make your nails look like they were done by an expensive professional, you should try doing a gel French manicure. Gel manicures are supposed to last up to 14 days without chipping, which is twice as long as a regular manicure.
Gel nails are applied just like acrylic nails and set in a special UV lamp, but are much easier to remove. They also tend to be stronger than acrylics, yet thinner so they don’t damage your real nails.
Here’s how to get perfect gel French manicure at home:
1) Clean your nails thoroughly with nail polish remover and cotton balls until the cotton balls come away clean. If you have any damaged or loose nail layers or hangnails, remove them by snipping them off with scissors or a clipper.
2) Push back your cuticles using an orange stick wrapped in cotton pad soaked in cuticle remover.
3) Rub alcohol onto your nails using a cotton ball to remove any remaining oil and create a smooth base for applying the gel base coat. Allow the alcohol to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
4) Apply the gel base coat and cure it in your UV lamp following the instructions that came with your kit. Make sure you
1. Prep & Polish
Before you begin, make sure your nails are in tip top condition. File them into the desired shape and push back your cuticles. Once you’ve done this, apply a thin layer of Base coat to protect your nails and allow to cure under a lamp for 30 seconds.
2. Apply Gel Polish
Apply a thin layer of White gel polish over the entire nail and cure under a lamp for 30 seconds. If you find that uneven coverage has occurred, wipe off your brush and reapply the product. Allow to dry and apply a second coat if needed.
3. Apply French Tip
Using an angled makeup brush or liner brush (with enough gel polish to cover the tip of your nail), swipe across your white tips to create a ‘french manicure’ effect. Ensure that both sides of the tip are even before curing under a lamp for 30 seconds.
4. Apply Top Coat
Apply a thin layer of Top coat to seal in the colour and ensure long lasting wear! Cure under a lamp for 30 seconds before applying a second coat if necessary! Finally, remove tacky layer with alcohol soaked wipe or cotton pad.
5. Sanitize & Store
To prevent infection, ensure hands are clean
What you will need:
1) Gel base coat (I use Harmony Gellish)…
2) Gel polish that is slightly darker than your natural nail color (I used a pure white)…
3) Gel polish in a sheer nude…
4) Gel top coat.