I’m sure we all love getting pampered at a salon, but sometimes our wallets don’t agree. One of the best ways to save money on your beauty routine is to learn how to do it yourself! Shellac nails are quickly becoming one of the most popular manicure services because they last longer than regular polish and look better too.
Essential Tips For Getting Salon Quality Nails at Home:
1) Always start with a clean slate; use alcohol wipes to wipe off any oils or lotions before applying polish. This will help ensure that your manicure stays fresh looking for as long as possible.
2) Use base coat, two coats of color and topcoat to get that perfect shine! If you don’t have enough time in between applying each layer try using thinner coats instead; it’s much better than skipping steps altogether because then none of them will adhere well enough to last long-term.
3) Make sure all three layers (base coat/polish/topcoat) are dry before moving onto another one so there’s no smudging or bubbling up of one onto another – this can ruin an otherwise beautiful job!
4) Never leave your nails without a topcoat; even though shellac nails are durable they’re
A gel manicure can last up to two weeks and promises a chip-free finish, but there are some essential tips for getting salon quality at home.
The application process for gel nails is slightly different than the traditional polish you’re used to. Here’s what you need to know:
1. The application process is similar to applying acrylics, so if you’re not comfortable with that, it’s best to visit a salon.
2. Gel polish requires drying under an LED or UV lamp between coats, which usually takes three to four minutes per layer.
3. You’ll need special supplies like a primer and cleanser liquid in order to prep your nails before painting on the polish.
4. Use a cotton ball saturated with alcohol to remove the tacky layer of residue after curing each coat of polish. This will ensure your topcoat adheres properly and won’t peel off prematurely.
Nail polish has come a long way since its early days. We’ve seen everything from gel to magnetic polishes, but now we’re seeing the ultimate in long-wear: shellac nails. Shellac is a new nail trend that can last up to two weeks.
What are shellac nails? They’re essentially a hybrid between nail polish and gel. As it says on the CND website, “The formula is thin and flexible like polish, so it not only looks natural, it provides strong natural nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping.”
How do you get them? First, you should probably go to a salon and get them done by a pro. This will allow you to see how they’re applied and make sure they’re done right. Once you know how to do it yourself, you can use at-home kits or just buy the products individually.
Every girl loves getting a fresh set of nails, but let’s face it, neither your wallet nor your time can afford weekly trips to the salon. I started doing my own manicures at home years ago, and I’ve gotten pretty darn good at it too.
That being said, shellac is a different animal altogether. Shellac nails are just so much shinier and longer lasting than regular polish. It’s one of those things that once you start using it you’ll never go back!
I’ve been doing my own shellac nails at home for a while now, and I do have some tips and tricks to share with you!
Now that you are ready to apply a shellac nail polish at home, you should follow these steps.
You should start by applying a base coat on your nails. Apply it from the cuticle all the way to the tip of the nails. Make sure that you apply one coat only. It is also important to remember to cap the free edges. This will help you in making sure that all parts of your nails are thoroughly coated with the base coat.
After applying the base coat, you should now apply two coats of your favorite color of shellac nail polish. You should leave some space between each nail and also give enough space between each coat as well. After this, you should now apply a topcoat on your nails. Make sure that you use a thin layer only when applying this topcoat because it will prevent your nails from chipping or peeling off too early.
Now that you have applied all these coats, you should now wait for about 30 seconds until they all dry up completely. This is to make sure that each coat is dried thoroughly before applying another one on top of it.
After 30 seconds, you should now cure them under an LED/UV light lamp for about 20 seconds as well. Wait for another 30 seconds until they hard
What is Shellac?
Shellac is a mix of gel and nail polish. It has the ease of nail polish when applying and the long-lasting effects of a manicure. Shellac will last up to 2 weeks without any chipping, cracking or smudging. The only downside is that it is more expensive than your average salon manicure, but its durability makes it worth it!
Shellac Application Process:
1) Buff your nails. Do not use a metal file for this; instead use a fine grit buffer to smooth out the surface of your natural nail. This will help remove bumps from the nail bed and allow for better adhesion of the shellac. It also helps to remove any oils on the natural nail to prevent lifting and peeling. Make sure you wash your hands after buffing.
2) Apply base coat: There are two coats of shellac (base coat & color coat). First apply one thin coat of base coat and cure under an UV lamp for 1 minute or LED lamp for 30 seconds. The base coat helps with adhesion to your natural nails and also helps with staining as some shellac colors can stain nails (especially reds/darker colors).
3) Apply color coat:
Apply base coat with CND Shellac Base Coat or any UV Gel Base Coat. Cure under LED light for 10 seconds or CCFL lamp for 2 minutes.
Apply first layer of color polish in a thin coat and cure under LED light for 10 seconds or CCFL lamp for 2 minutes.
Apply second layer of color polish in a thin coat and cure under LED light for 10 seconds or CCFL lamp for 2 minutes.
Apply top coat with CND Shellac Top Coat or any UV Gel Top Coat. Cure under LED light for 10 seconds or CCFL lamp for 2 minutes.
Wipe nails with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove sticky inhibition layer.
Your shellac nails are finished!