Gel manicures are the best invention since sliced bread. It makes the process of painting your nails so easy and so much more fun. The name itself is enough to make anyone want to try it out. I’ve been having gel manicures for a couple of years now, and I love them so much.
I’ve tried different salons but only a few were able to give me that perfect glossy finish on my nails. Here are some tips that I have picked up which can help you prolong the life of your gel manicure:
1. Do not touch your nails before they are completely dry. The gel polish needs time to set and touching it may smudge it and ruin your perfect paint job.
2. Make sure that you use the right base coat before applying the gel nail polish. There are specific base coats made for gel polishes, and using other products may cause the polish to chip or peel off after a few days.
3. Use a top coat when you’re done painting your nails with the color gel polish. This will add another layer of protection for your nails, and make them last longer than usual (and look super glossy).
4. Avoid getting your hands wet immediately after you’re done with your manicure. Water may
To ensure long-lasting gel manicures, it’s important to use the right products. Here are my recommendations for the best gel manicure products.
Prepare your nails with a nail cleanser and primer before applying the base coat, color and top coat. It’s also important to use a 4-in-1 oil between color coats. It helps protect the natural nail, provides moisture to prevent cracking and peeling, is easily absorbed into the nail plate and has a non-greasy finish.
Use LED lamps for curing gel polish. LED lamps cure each layer in 30 seconds or less, whereas UV lamps can take 2 minutes to fully cure each layer.
Make sure you apply thin layers of gel color when doing a manicure or pedicure. Thin layers make it easier for the lamp to penetrate all areas of the nail and cure them quickly, preventing any bubbles or imperfections from appearing on the surface.
Gel manicures can be a great way to get a long lasting manicure, but they are not without their drawbacks. Gel nails often look thick and unnatural, and most gels come in limited colors that tend to be pink toned. Gel manicures also require you to visit a salon and cost more than basic manicures. If you are going to get gel nails, the least you can do is make them last by following these tips:
1) Make sure your hands are clean before getting the gel applied. Your hands should be washed and free of any lotions or oils which could affect how well the gel adheres to your nails. Dry your hands thoroughly as well.
2) Do not use any base coat on your nails. The gel will act as its own base coat.
3) Apply the gel carefully, making sure it covers the entire nail surface with no bubbles or holes in the color.
4) After curing under the UV lamp, apply a top coat of regular nail polish for extra shine and protection for your nails.
5) Avoid harsh chemicals that could remove the gel from your nails such as bleach or ammonia based cleaners or acetone based nail polish remover. You should also avoid nail polish with glitter in it since it is
As gel manicures become more and more popular, you may be curious about the best way to preserve them. Gel manicures are a new way to get a long lasting nail polish that can last from two to three weeks. The following tips will help your gel manicure stay in tip top shape for the maximum time allowed!
Gel Polish – Professional gels have been around for many years and are used by professionals in salons. These are different than LED and UV gels, as they are thin and require a base coat and top coat in addition to the gel polish.
Lamp – When using a professional lamp you only need to cure all sides of each nail for five seconds. This is because most professional lamps have four bulbs at nine watts each. The UV rays emitted by these lamps cure gel quickly and effectively. Using a lamp with less than four bulbs or one that is less than 36 watts will take longer to cure, resulting in longer curing times that could damage your nails or make them discolored.
Gel Remover – You should always use a gentle non acetone remover when soaking off your polish, as harsh chemicals can damage your nails. If you use an acetone based remover you can weaken the bond between your natural nail and
My gel manicure lasts for three whole weeks. I know this because every time I get my nails done, the salon owner says to me, “You’re lucky. You have very strong nails.”
What they don’t tell you is that there are a few tricks of the trade that will help your gel manicure last longer.
Here’s what those tricks of the trade are:
This post is in honor of the gel nail polish. You may be thinking, “Why are you writing a blog post about nail polish? That seems a little weird.” I get it. But hear me out.
Gel manicures are a big deal for me. I used to get them all the time and now I don’t, so I basically think about them all the time. I just love how smooth and polished my nails look when they have gel on them (pun intended). And I really love that the polish stays on for at least two weeks without chipping at all. It’s amazing to me that your nails can look like you just got them done for two whole weeks with almost no effort!
However, as great as gel manicures are, there are some steps you can take to make your gel manicures last even longer than usual. Here are my personal tips and tricks for making my gel manicures last as long as possible:
1. Make sure your nail bed is clean.
This might sound like a given, but one of the most important things to remember when getting a gel manicure is that you should always make sure your nails are clean before applying the gel base coat.
Having an oily or dirty nail bed can prevent the gel from adhering to your nail properly, which will make it more prone to chipping and peeling.
Before you begin your manicure, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water, dry them completely, and then use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad to wipe over each of your nails twice — once on either side.
2. Always apply a base coat first.
After making sure your nails are completely clean and dry, it’s time to apply the first coat — the base coat. If you’ve ever had acrylic nails before, you can think of this as the step where you would apply the white glue to your nail beds in order to build up length.
The purpose of this first step is to not only add length and thickness to your nails (if desired), but also ensure that they’re protected from anything you might put on top of them afterwards that could stain them or discolor them in any way. So