What are needed for the gel polish systems?
For most systems nail prep and primer are used for nail preperation. Ultrabond can also be used to increase the adhesion of the gel to the nail plate
Uv or Led lamp?
A led lamp decreases the time of curing dramatically.
A cleanser is also needed for most systems.
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Steps on how to use gel polish:
Step 1: Prepare Your Nails Start by removing any existing nail polish using acetone or nail polish remover. Shape and file your nails to your desired length and shape. Push back your cuticles gently to create a clean canvas for your gel polish application.
Step 2: Clean Your Nails Clean your nails with a lint-free nail wipe or cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or debris. This step helps the gel polish adhere better to your nails.
Step 3: Apply a Base Coat Apply a thin, even layer of gel base coat to your nails. Be sure to avoid getting the base coat on your cuticles or skin as this can lead to lifting. Cure the base coat under a UV or LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions (usually for about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
Step 4: Apply the Gel Polish Apply a thin coat of your chosen gel polish color to your nails, again being careful not to touch your cuticles or skin. Ensure the color coat is even and smooth. Cure the first layer of gel polish under the lamp for the recommended time.
Step 5: Apply Additional Layers (Optional) If the color is not fully opaque, you can apply a second coat of gel polish and cure it. Some colors may require a third coat for full coverage.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat Apply a thin layer of gel top coat to seal in the color and add shine to your nails. Cure the top coat under the lamp as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 7: Cleanse Your Nails After curing the top coat, use a lint-free nail wipe or cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any sticky residue left on your nails. This step is essential for a glossy finish.
Step 8: Hydrate Your Cuticles Apply cuticle oil or a hydrating nail treatment to nourish your cuticles and the skin around your nails.
Step 9: Enjoy Your Manicure Your gel polish manicure is now complete! It should be shiny, durable, and ready to last for several weeks without chipping.
Remember to follow the specific instructions provided with your gel polish kit, as curing times and other details may vary. Additionally, always ensure proper ventilation and use UV or LED lamps as directed to protect your skin and eyes from prolonged exposure to UV light.