15 Tips to Wearing the Perfect Gel Nail Polish Perfectly

Jul. 30, 2020
Painting your own nails can save you both time and money, but it can be a pain try and get your nails to look like you’ve had them done professionally. Somehow, there’s a perfect art to nails and, frustratingly, many of us would rather pay for someone else to do it than be seen with a half-assed polished nail. Clearly, if you’ve found this article, you want to get the hang of creating the perfect gel nail, and luckily we have our tips to finally make your dream a reality.
1. Clean your hands and nail beds before starting your manicure. Any oils, dirt, or leftover polish on your nails can keep the new gel from sticking properly. 
2. File your nails enough to get any snags off and don’t go overboard on cutting your cuticles, because it can result in germs and infection.
3. Make sure your nails are completely dry before application. Any moisture that can get trapped under the polish can lead to them rising up and off your nail. 
4. Start with a base coat. Putting the gel color directly on your nail can result in staining and will make it much more difficult to remove the gel later on.
5. Keep your coats thin. It’s better to have multiple, thin, and separately dried coats than to make them so thick that there isn’t enough time for them to fully dry, which can lead to peeling and bubbling.
6. When using lighter colors, less is more. It’s better to have more coats than thicker ones, to ensure that you can’t see the nail through the polish.
7. Be sure not to get any paint on your skin or cuticles. After your gel nails are dry, this will cause the paint to peel away from your skin, which will result in dirt getting underneath. You’ll have them all picked and peeled off within the day. 
8. Try painting from the bottom, close to the cuticle and up to the left. Lift the brush and paint up against and to the right then again up the center. Finish by taking the brush and lightly swiping it over the top rim of the finger (capping the free edge) to seal in the gel.
9. Don’t forget that final topcoat. If the gel polish you’re using says “no wipe” it means you don’t need to wipe with alcohol afterward to get rid of the stickiness, but if it’s a standard gel polish, you will need to wipe the nail with a piece of paper towel or tissue soaked in the alcohol to finish.
10. When using a UV light for your gel nail polish, be sure to keep the light over your hand for each coat of nails for at least 1:30 seconds. Try not to bump the nails against the light or sides of the light to keep them from scratching.
11. Use the same brand for your base, topcoat, and color. If you mix and match brands (especially choosing the cheaper ones or those that are on sale) you run the risk of them peeling prematurely or not coming off at all.
12. Be patient. When it comes to gel nails, you need to give yourself time to get each coat right without rushing. Going too quickly will only result in having mistakes to fix or having to start all over a couple of days later.
13. Do it one hand at a time. When you’re doing your own nails, it’s important to start with one hand and finish completely before painting the next. Doing one coat for both hands at once can lead to overdrying and an unwanted finish.
14. Instead of shaking your color before using, which is a popular method for many at-home manicurists, try rolling it in your hand instead. This will result in a more even mixing of the color and its primer. 
15. Finally, always work on a flat and sturdy surface (that means not on your lap!) and make sure there is an ample amount of light. You want to be able to check under a light to make sure you haven’t missed any spots or left any imperfections before you cure the gel.
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Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 1
Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 1
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Black Owned Makeup Look
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All about Cherie Spotlight
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Hi all! 🎉🥳 New year, new (and improved) Cherie Spotlight! There's a lot of new faces, so a big welcome to all those who are new! We want to (re)introduce Cherie Spotlight - a really fun and engaging way to get involved with the cherie community and even win some free beauty prizes - so you don't miss out on all the fun things happening within cherie! ABOUT CHERIE SPOTLIGHT The great thing about Cherie Spotlight is that anyone can participate. You don't have to be a seasoned creator or a professional beautician. Start creating and posting, and you're in the running! Each category has 5 winners, for a total of 15 winners every two weeks - that’s 30 winners a month!! You can find the information about Cherie Spotlight, the winners from last week, and the prizes for the current week in the designated area in the app (more on that later!). THE CATEGORIES There's a few different ways to get involved and win. Here's what you need to know! Cherie’s Picks Cherie's Picks is a selection of our favorite, top engaged with content that is selected by Team cherie. Content that is loved by the community and cheered for, commented on, saved, etc. are considered for Cherie's Picks. New on Cherie So you're new around here... Welcome, we're so glad you're here!! It can be intimidating to create a new account and start posting, but we're here to cheer you on along the way and maybe you can get a free beauty product while you're at it! Share your first posts on cherie for a chance to win the New on Cherie prize. It's THAT simple! Cherie Convo On cherie, we're all about encouraging conversations and listening to what YOU have to say! For this category, we want you to post into the topic of the week with your stories, opinions, and more. You can check out the weekly topics at the top of the Discover page or on this account @cherie and share what's on your mind! Make sure you use the Topic tag to tag the weekly topic in order to be considered for that week's Cherie Convo. WHERE TO FIND CHERIE SPOTLIGHT The Cherie Spotlight page is where you can find all the information regarding Cherie Spotlight. Here, you can see last week's winners & their prizes, as well as this week's prizes. To find the Cherie Convo topics for each week, check out the Discover banners or this account @cherie. There are three ways to view the Cherie Spotlight page in the cherie app: Discover banner Go to the Discover page and find the rotating banner. Click on the banner titled "Win Prizes with Cherie Spotlight!" to be redirected to the Cherie Spotlight page. Notification page Go to your Notifications page and find the uppermost banner labeled "Cherie Spotlight" Insights Go to your profile page and click the "Insights" button. From here, you will see a "cherie spotlight" banner. This will take you to the Cherie Spotlight page! Happy posting! If you have any questions, DM us on cherie or comment below 🍒
Hi Army!
Hi Army!
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LOVE YOUR SKIN ❤️ From Junkie to Skincare Junkie
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I have had quite a weird relationship with my skin throughout the years. This last year I have shown it the most love & care than I ever have throughout my life. For over 7 years of my life, I was a heroin addict. From the ages of 16 to 23 all I cared about were drugs & having “fun”. I certainly didn’t care about my skincare. I picked at my face, popped pimples, cleaned it with whatever I could find. I had no love for myself & I felt ugly inside & out. Luckily, over a year & half ago, while 5 months pregnant, homeless & living in my car with my boyfriend, a miracle happened. We got arrested. That arrest forced a chain of events that brought me here, today, writing this post. Right now, as I lay in my new house with my son asleep on one side of me & my husband on the other, I am clean & sober. & sobriety is the best gift I ever gave myself & I am so thankful for it. Through sobriety I found myself. My likes, my dislikes. Things I’m good at. Things I’m really not good at. (Cooking 😬) & it turns out, I really, really love skincare! It’s not a perfect love though, I still have my ups & downs. My breakouts & my imperfections. (Currently there are 3 pimples developing on my chin laughing at me😂) Regardless of that, I am happy & I enjoy every second of life today. I have come from using wet wipes to clean my face, to using the worst of the worst in early sobriety (St. ives - I remember you😖), to now having a good, healthy & consistent routine! I now pay attention to ingredients in my products & I know what they mean & what they do. I understand what my particular skin needs! & what to use to help it stay clean & radiant. I am so happy with my journey & so thankful that I’m alive to share it with you guys today. I am living proof that we do recover but that recovery, just like skincare isn’t going to be perfect. It’s real. There are good days & bad days. But no matter how “bad” a day could be while sober, I look back & remember how far I have come & how far I plan to go. Thank you for reading! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick