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Salon-quality nails are easier than you might think to re-create for yourself at home – you just need the know-how to get yourself started! Here are our top tips for those new to gel nail polish to help get you going and to make sure you have all the tools you need to create those perfect gel manicures.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! The preparation is just as important as the application; especially if you want long-lasting gel nails (who doesn’t?!)
Before you even pick your desired colour polish, make sure you’ve completed these steps:
Applying a base coat before your colour is all part of the preparation. It’s the basis for a long-lasting manicure as it acts as a barrier between your nail and the gel polish. We always recommend one thin coat of Bluesky base coat every time you apply gel nail polish.
The base coat also gives the gel polish a great base, meaning it won’t peel off after a few days. Apply your base coat and cure it for 30 seconds under an LED lamp (1 minute under UV) and then you’re set and ready to go!
Applying each layer takes care and consideration. You should be mindful of the fact that gel nail polish is different from your classic nail varnish in that it doesn’t require a super thick coat.
Make sure each coat you apply is thin and be careful with your strokes; this will enable you to control the brush and help you stay within the lines! If you do apply a little too much, don’t worry, just make sure you wipe away any excess with a cleansing wipe before curing the nail.
Want to keep your gel manicure for longer? Make sure you always cap the edges! What we mean by this is, when applying each layer – including your base and top coats – make sure you seal the free edge to cover the tip of the nail. This will prevent the polish from lifting off the nail and give it better protection from chips and scratches.
While it may feel tempting to pick at your gel manicure to get it off, our advice is: don’t! You can cause damage to your natural nails by picking off the gel polish, which means that you can say goodbye to your nice, healthy nails!
Instead, make sure you get your hands on some Acetone remover and follow these steps:
Now you know our top tips for applying and treating your gel nail manicure, it’s time to get started! Our starter kit gives you all the tools you need for your first gel manicure, including an LED nail lamp, a top and base coat, cleanser wipes, a nail file, a nail buffer and three different colours to choose from.
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