The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Wearing Gel Polish

mikaela.zmikaela.z
Jul. 30
Gel polish is popular because it’s a long-lasting, strong, polish that can withstand the day to day hand washing and work of working women. When the craft is perfected, a gel manicure can last two weeks or longer, but there are many mistakes people make that keep them from getting that perfect finish.
1. Your hands aren’t completely dry or clean. Any moisture, oils, lotion, or dirt on your nails will keep the polish from attaching itself to your nail. They’ll end up popping and being easily picked off.2. You’ve gotten polish on your skin without leaving a space between the polish and cuticle. Anything on your skin will cure under the light and if the polish is smooth from nail to the skin, it will almost always peel up and lead to the entire cured polish to come off soon after drying. 3. You forget to cap the free edge or you only do it with the topcoat. Probably one of the most important steps, capping the free edge (getting some of the polish on the very tip of your nail) will seal the color and keep it from leaking/shrinking under the light. It will also help it from peeling after you’re finished and promote a long-lasting manicure.4. You made the coats too thick. When it comes to gel polish, less is more. You don’t want the polish to go on too thick because it might not dry completely under your light. Also, it can result in air bubbles popping up when you pull your hand back, which means you’ll have to start all over. It can also leave streaks and lead to bleeding of the polish into your skin.
5. You didn’t fix your mistakes BEFORE curing your nails. It’s important that you take a good look at your nails after each coat to make sure you’re not about to cure any mistakes onto your nail or skin. Completely wipe off anything that’s on your skin first. If there are air bubbles, scratches, or you knocked the nail against your lamp, wipe the nail and start again.
6. You forgot to wipe the nail at the end. Even salons and estheticians often make this mistake! If you’re walking away after completion and your nails are sticky, it’s because you need to wipe with alcohol when you finish the topcoat (unless the topcoat says “no wipe”). Otherwise, that stickiness won’t go away, dirt will stick to it, and you’ll end up having to soak and start all over.
7. You’re too rough on your hands. Gel nails are thicker and harder to chip, but they’re not impenetrable. If you work in a business where you wash your hands often (or the over-use of sanitizer), the chemicals can eat away at the polish and lead to premature chipping. Try to wear gloves when washing dishes or when you can, and find soaps and sanitizers that have less alcohol or other tough chemicals in them.
8. You nervously pick at your nails or play with a snag instead of filing it away. After spending all that time perfecting your nails, stop playing with them or picking at the tiny chips. It will always lead to you prematurely pulling the polish off, which can harm your nail underneath and stip away important nutrients. If it’s a nervous habit, find something else to pick at, such as a fidget spinner or a ring.
9. You’re not patient. You’ll eventually learn how to get the perfect system in place to get those nails done right the first time, but until then, be patient. Go slow and give yourself the time you need to get the most out of your gel polish.
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