10 steps to the perfect Gel Manicure

 

I love going to the nail spa as much as the next girl but going every 2 weeks can get pricey and time consuming. A few months ago I decided to start doing my own Gel Manicures and I absolutely love it But, if you are new to gel polish you may encounter a few problems and think gel polish just isn’t for you. Gel polish application and removal can be a bit tricky, but I promise that the art of a gel polish manicure CAN be mastered. Here are 10 tips and tricks to help you in any mishaps you may have.

 

 

  1. Clean Your Nails. You must have clean, dry nails in order for gel polish to adhere correctly. After buffing your nail, use a lint free wipe soaked with 91% alcohol to cleanse your nails of any extra debris. Clean all the way to the cuticle and around the sides. If there is any debris on your nail, the gel polish will stick to it instead of sticking to your nail. :-/ That’s a recipe for disaster. Well, a recipe for a shorter lasting manicure, anyway.
  2. Shake Gel Polish. Gel polish has a unique formula that really needs to be shaken before each use. If you shake your gel polish before you use it, you will have an easier and more even application. You don’t need to shake the base coat or top coat, just the colors.
  3. Apply Aquaphor or Lotion Around Cuticles. Use a q-tip to apply aquaphor to your cuticles before you do a gel polish manicure. Don’t get any on your nail, but cover the cuticle and sides of your nail. That way, if you accidentally get some gel polish on your cuticle, it will actually be on the aquaphor and you can wipe it right off when you are done with your gel polish manicure. Score! You can also apply aquaphor or lotion to your cuticles during gel polish removal so that the acetone doesn’t dry out your cuticles as much.
  4. Use Short Strokes. When painting on the gel polish, use short strokes, especially around the cuticle and edge of your nail. Short strokes are easier to control so it will help you get nice even lines around the edge. You have to be extra careful on the first coat of color, but once that’s down, it’s much easier to keep your other coats in those nice lines.
  5. Use Thin Layers. Gel polish has a slightly different consistency than most nail polish which can definitely throw you off if you are new to gel polish. You don’t need as much gel polish on your brush as you would with regular nail polish. If you get too much gel polish on your brush, the gel polish will pool and get thick around your cuticles and nail edge. Bleh. But, if you use thin coats, you will completely avoid this problem. Yeah! Just remember, it’s better to do 3-4 thin coats, than to do 2 thick coats.
  6. Cap the Free Edge. When using gel polish, it’s important to cap the free edge. This means to paint the end of the nail after you have painted the actual nail part of the nail. When you cap the free edge it will prevent the gel polish from lifting which means you’ll have a great, long-lasting manicure. You should cap the free edge on every coat, but it’s especially important for the base coat and top coat.
  7. Remove Extra Gel Polish BEFORE Curing. Gel polish cures hard when you cure it in your UV or LED lamp. That means, if you accidentally get some on your skin and cure it, it’s not coming off. I’ve made this mistake a few times, but the good news is, it’s very easy to remove as long as you do it BEFORE curing. Gel polish wipes away much more easily than regular nail polish, so don’t be afraid to wipe off any excess polish that may have gotten on your skin. You can also use a small brush dipped in acetone to wipe off the nail polish.
  8. Cure in the Right Size Lamp. If you have a 4-finger lamp, don’t try to cure all 5 fingers from one hand because it will not cure properly. Just cure 4 fingers from one hand, 4 fingers from the other hand, then both thumbs together.
  9. Completely Cover Color With Top Coat. When you are applying top coat, make sure that you completely cover the color with the top coat. You still need to avoid the cuticles and nail edges, but do cover all of the color. If you don’t, the color will look matte and can be rubbed off throughout regular wear and tear. As long as it’s covered by the top coat, you are good to go.
  10. 10. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. This is basically my mantra when it comes to gel polish. Anyone who has had damage from wearing gel polish probably got it from improper removal or from dry cuticles and nails. As long as you remove gel polish correctly and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, your nails will be as strong as ever.

Ways 2 Save; A new series??

Okay so I was thinking about starting ANOTHER blog for all the tips and tricks I’ve learned about saving money BUT I decided to just try out making it a series on here since I’ve only been blogging for a month (YES, it will be a month tomorrow omg I know!!!!!). I’ve still got a long way to go to build up this blog so I don’t think I have the time to build up another  one at the same time SO without further-a-do here’s my new (potential) blog series!

Okay so today I’m going to share a few of my ways to save money in everyday life!

  1. COUPON- this is probably one of the most popular way to save. I’m starting to dabble in coupon-ing and I’ve actually saved a pretty penny so far! (Tell me in the comments below if you’d like a post all about coupon-ing and how to!)
  2. SHOP AT A DISCOUNT/CLUB STORE – I’ve recently started doing majority of my shopping at Sams Club and Aldi (no, you cannot coupon there): ) and I’ve cut my weekly grocery bill down from $130 to about $70.
  3. STOP EATING OUT- This was so hard for me; I literally only eat 2 meals a day and I went from BOTH being fast food to BOTH being a meal I cooked and preped the Sunday before. I used to spend around $600 a MONTH on food now I spend less than $300. 

Sorry it’s so short but I wanted to get it up today instead of tomorrow! Tell me what you think in the comments and if I should make this a real thing! 
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