Your Easy 8 Step Guide to a DIY Gel Manicure
Don’t you just love the feeling of a fresh manicure? Heading to the salon for a gel manicure is always a great experience, but it’s also not all that budget-friendly. While we should definitely all be comfortable spending money on things that make us feel good, sometimes it’s also necessary to save some money.
What’s the Difference Between a Gel Manicure and Shellac Nails?
Trying to decide what you want to get at your next (or first!) nail appointment? You have lots of options to choose from, but it can be tricky to figure out which is best for you, especially if you’ve never been or only been with friends. Don’t worry, not everyone is a manicure aficionado and it’s perfectly okay not to know the difference.
Quick At-Home Gel Manicure
Here's a quick at-home gel manicure step by step that I did for this easy nail art! 1. I start with clean, prepped nails. Prepped nails are shaped, the cuticles and cleaned up and a pH primer has been applied! 2. I use a rubber base coat. This is thicker than a regular base coat and adds an extra layer of protection in case I want to file off my manicure when removing. 2. I apply two or three coats of builder gel to my nails. The first layer is a thin flood layer. The second and third layers add structure to the nail and strength. It's super important that the tip of the nail isn't too bulky as this can lead to breakage. 3. Apply your gel color. I used OPI - OPI Gel Nail Polish Put It In Neutral and applied two coats. You can stop at this step and apply your top coat. 4. I applied a matte top coat to my thumb, index and middle fingers on one hand and to my pinky and ring finger on the other hand. 5. I then applied my magnetic gel polish to the tips of each finger, using a magnet to activate the polish. 6. I applied a shiny, no-wipe top coat to the remaining fingers and to the magnetic polished parts of my matte nails to finish off the nail look! #CheriePartner
OPI-OPI Gel Nail Polish
How to remove dip powder and gel nails!
Removing dip powder and gel nails can be intimidating because you may feel worry about damaging your nails, especially if you are doing it yourself. Here are my step by steps to easily remove nail polish: 1. File top layer with a strong nail file grit. This will make it easier for the aceton to penetrate and dissolve the nail polish 2. Saturate cotton ball with pure acetone. Make sure not to skip this step since only 100% acetone can remove dip powder and gel. Onyx Brands - 100% Pure Acetone Nail Polish Remover 3. To allow the aceton to do its magic, wrap each nail with aluminum foil. Wait 10 to 15 minutes 4. Remove and enjoy clean nails 5. since acetone can be drying, apply cuticle oil BLOSSOM - Scented Cuticle Oil - Lavender note: if after removing the cotton ball you still have nail polish on, repeat steps 2 and 3. sometimes you may need to use a orange stick to remove any leftovers 4.
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