This is a blog on the method of filing and polishing gel nails. It is intended to be used as a supplementary guide for students of the [Nail Technology] course, but may also be used as a general reference for any nail technician wishing to improve their skills.
The filing techniques shown in this blog will help you achieve a smooth, natural finish. The techniques are simple, easy-to-follow, and do not require any special equipment or training. The techniques are suitable for all types of nails, whether natural or artificial, and can be used in conjunction with other professional products such as gels or acrylics.
This blog uses some photos showing nails being filed. Please note that these photos should not be taken as a recommendation to file your nails in this way – they are simply demonstrations of methods which you may wish to try yourself. If you are unsure of what technique to use, please consult with your nail technician before attempting to file your nails.
Please note that this blog does not include instructions on how to apply gel polish (as this is covered elsewhere), nor does it include instructions for the removal of gel polish (as this is covered elsewhere).
In this blog we will learn the proper way to file and polish gel nails. The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that your client’s nail bed is completely clean. Then, you must decide which size nail tip that your client would like. Once you have chosen a nail tip, place it on the end of your client’s finger, and then apply glue to both the tip and the actual nail.
Once the glue is firmly attached, you can begin to file down your client’s nail. You can use either an electric file or a regular file to do this, but make sure that you file in one direction only. After filing down all of your client’s nails, you can then apply a base coat to each nail.
Once this is complete, you may begin painting any design that you would like on your client’s nails. Once your design has dried, apply a top coat over each nail in order to seal in the color and add extra shine.
This is all that there is to it! As you can see, applying gel nails is just as easy as applying real nails if not easier! So what are you waiting for? Start applying gel nails today so that you can show off your new look tomorrow!
I love gel nails! They last longer than acrylics, they don’t break and they look fantastic. I will be showing you how to do gel nails or to be more accurate, how to properly file and polish them. This is a step by step tutorial with photos of my nails at different points of the process. I hope that it helps you.
I am not a professional manicurist and I do not claim to be an expert. This is just how I apply gel nail polish – the method that works for me and the one that gives me long lasting results.
If you are going to do gel nails, it’s important to know how to file and polish them.
The first thing you need to understand is how the gel nails work. These are not like regular nails; instead, they’re a special type of plastic that’s applied with a special type of nail polish. The nail polish sticks to the gel on the nail and then dries, leaving the gel behind in a thin film. This process creates a hard shell around the edges of the nails.
Now let me tell you about how the gel nails work.
Before applying the gel, you need to make sure your nail tips are clean and dry. If they aren’t clean, they can have little bits of dirt or other debris stuck in them. If they aren’t dry, they can have water droplets stuck in them, which will make it difficult for the gel to stick properly. To clean them, use warm soap and water to wash your hands and use a towel or paper towel to pat your nails dry. Once they’re dry, use a toothbrush with soft bristles to gently brush off any dirt or debris that might be stuck in your nail tips. You should also make sure there are no water droplets stuck in your nail tips; if there are
Before you actually file or polish a gel nail, you will want to gently wipe any dust from the surface of the nail with a lint-free cleansing pad. This will remove any dust that may interfere with your filing and polishing.
Many people use an electric nail file to shape their nails, but this is often a mistake. Electric files are notoriously hard on the nails and can leave them looking thin and frail. It is best to use only a hand file when shaping gel nails.
Choose a file that is designed specifically for gel nails and make sure it’s not dull or damaged. If you see jagged edges on your file, it’s time to replace it. You should also keep your file clean so it doesn’t scratch or damage the nail during use.
You can apply the polish to your gel nails in several ways:
1) Use a thin brush to apply polish directly to the nail surface, using thin layers until you achieve the desired shade.
2) Apply a thin layer of polish over the top of your existing Gelish manicure, which will change its color slightly but dramatically improve its shine.
3) Apply one coat of regular clear nail polish over your current Gelish manicure, then wait for it to dry before applying a
You’re now ready to file. Pass the file gently up and down the nail in a side-to-side motion, being careful not to overfile or dig into the sidewalls of the nail.
Begin your filing with a fine grit file, such as a 180 grit, then move up to a medium grit file, such as a 220 grit.
The final step is polishing your nails. Using a soft buffer, buff out any nicks or ridges for a smooth nail surface.
Using your finger, gently smooth out any excess gel at the sidewalls of the nail and around the cuticle area to avoid gel from lifting away from the nail plate.
Before you start, make sure your client has had a manicure. A gel manicure does not involve any cuticle work or filing of the natural nail. You want your gel to be applied to clean, dry nails.
Although there are many ways to approach gel polish application, this blog will focus on the method that I find to be the most effective. If you are new to gels I would recommend watching our Gel Polish Application tutorial before moving onto this. It is extremely important that you know how to properly apply and cure your gels before you attempt any nail art!
Now, let’s get started!