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How to Do Gel Nails At Home

May 09, 2020

How to Do Gel Nails At Home

 

1. Removal.First ly properly remove the gel polish If you have gel polish on, I have already several gel polish removal posts so make sure to check those out.

2. Prep.It is to cut nails to desired length, and then file nails to desired shape, push back cuticles, etc.

3.Buff. Buff the shine off of each nail that you can use a 220 grit or higher file or buffer. A higher number means a finer grit.
When you just removed a gel polish manicure, simply buff the new growth instead of the whole nail.

4. Cleanse. You can use 91% alcohol (cheapest at the drug store) and a lint free wipe to cleanse the nail of any debris. You especially have to remove any extra nail residue that was buffed. If any debris is left under the gel polish, it will caused lifting and then your gel polish manicure will not last as long. I personally love to use disposable alcohol wipes for this step. It makes
everything so easy!

5. Dehydrate. I usually count the cleansing part as dehydrating, but many brands have a separate product for dehydration. IBD has powerbond. Gelish has pH Bond. OPI gelcolor has Bond Aid. You can also use 100% acetone, but try to avoid the cuticles. Just please remember to apply the product to the nail with a lint free wipe or with the brush provided. Let it dry before you are painting on the base coat. I would start by skipping this step. When you have a problem with lifting, then dehydrate just the tips or wherever the lifting occurs. If the problem happened again, then dehydrate the whole nail.

6. Base Coat and Cure. Using the base coat to paint your nails. If you are new to gel polish, you must know that the base coat is not optional and paint the tip of your nail with the base coat. Usually cure for 30 seconds in an LED lamp or for 1 minute in a UV lamp.

7. Color and Cure. Put your nail with your chosen gel polish color. Also usually cure for 30 seconds in an LED lamp or for 2 minutes in a UV lamp.

8. Color and Cure. Most colors need 2-3 coats. For the second and third coats, simply repeat the process for Step 7, including the curing. If you do get some gel polish on your skin or cuticle, make sure to remove it BEFORE curing. Otherwise it is very difficult to remove. Don’t worry, as long as you remove it before curing, it’s pretty easy.

9. Top Coat and Cure. Paint the nail by a gel polish top coat.To be Gelish Top it Off is a great top coat. Paint it just like the base coat and color and remember to avoid cuticle and nail edge and cap the free edge with the top coat. Als Cure for 30 seconds in an LED lamp or for 2 minutes in a UV lamp.

10. Wipe off Tacky Layer. After curing, your nails will feel tacky to the touch. No worry, they are dry, it’s just that the gel polish has a tacky (also called inhibition) layer when it’s done curing. Use a lint free wipe with 91% alcohol to wipe off the tacky layer on top of the gel polish. Don’t be afraid to wipe the nail, it’s dry. ?? I especially like using disposable alcohol wipes for this step because it prevents cross contamination of the tacky layer from nail to nail. If you still use the same wipe for all of your nails, they will end up looking a bit dull.

11. Apply Cuticle Oil. If you still used acetone to remove a previous gel polish manicure, then your cuticles are probably pretty dried out.After apply a cuticle oil, like my all natural version here. But, be sure to wait at least for 1 minute after wiping off the tacky layer before adding the cuticle oil. If you really apply the cuticle oil immediately after wiping the tacky layer, it can
make the shine on the top coat dull.





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