Unsurprisingly, we’re crazy about gel nail polish. Because of that, we want to continue to bring together gel nail tips to create the best go to resource for all your gel nail needs. We love gel nails because they are a 100% guaranteed way to get a long lasting manicure. But without the correct application, you’re not going to get the results you were hoping for. Here are 10 things you can do to get the most out of your gel polish look.
Clean your hands completely before starting. Remove all traces of old nail polish completely and scrub each hand as clean as possible.
Give yourself a full manicure before applying any paint. File your nails and shape them to your preference. Don’t forget to manage your cuticles as well. Your manicure will be longer lasting if your nails are the best that they can be before you start the application of polish.
Complete one hand before moving to the next hand. Once you have one completely gelled up nail, it’ll be easier to focus on the next hand without worrying about smudging or damaging the polish. With both hands covered in wet paint, you’re a lot more likely to end up with some nicks.
Use Aquaphor. Some of us are messy painters that end up with polish all over their fingers. Before painting, apply Aquaphor to the cuticles and skin surrounding the nail. Use a Q-tip with remover to ensure that there is no Aquaphor on the nails itself. After this, paint your nails as you normally would. Thanks to the Aquaphor, you’ll be able to simply wipe away any that has escaped on to your fingers.
Use gloves and sunblock for protection. The UV light from the nail lamps is pretty much harmless. You’re simply not exposing your skin to enough light at a long enough amount of time for it to be damaging. If you find yourself paranoid anyway, apply sunblock beforehand. You can even use fingerless gloves, which can be purchased, or created using any on hand at home.
Don’t touch your nails between coats and curing. Your nails will be tacky, so any touching is going to ruin the manicure. If you enjoy lumps and uneven coats, go for it.
File the top of the gel nail until the shine comes away to help make the removal process easier. After filing, you can carry on using the foil method to get all of the polish off in a non-damaging way.
Invest in some cuticle oil because frequently using gel nail polish can be very drying. Use the oil every single day to restore moisture to your fingers and keep your nails healthy. As long as you do what it takes to maintain the health of your nails, gel polish does not have to be damaging.
Don’t peal and pick at chipped nails. Pealing at your polish will strip the top layer of your nail. Remove your polish properly no matter how fun it might be to chip away at it.
Don’t try to fix damage to the polish. It’s not going to work. The best way to fix a premature chip is to completely remove the polish from that nail and start over. You won’t have to do the entire hand unless there is damage to every nail.