Applying the polish too thickly
When applying gel polish, it's important to apply thin, even coats. Applying the polish too thickly can cause bubbles to form, which can make the finished product look uneven. It can also cause the polish to cure unevenly, which can lead to chipping or peeling.
Not curing the polish properly
Gel polish needs to be cured under a UV or LED lamp for a specific amount of time in order for it to harden and adhere properly. Not curing the polish long enough or using the wrong type of lamp can result in smudging or chipping.
Not properly cleaning and prepping the nails before application
It's important to clean and prep the nails by filing and buffing them before applying gel polish. This can ensure a smooth surface for the polish to adhere to, which can prevent discoloration or poor adhesion.
Not using a base coat
A base coat is important for protecting the natural nails from discoloration or staining caused by the polish. It also helps the polish to adhere better.
Using expired or old polish
Gel polish has a shelf life, and it's important to use fresh polish for best results. Expired or old polish can be thick or difficult to work with, and can cure unevenly.
Not filing or buffing the nails before application
Filing and buffing the nails can create a smooth surface for the polish to adhere to, and can also remove any oils or debris that can cause poor adhesion.
Not using a top coat
A top coat helps to seal and protect the polish, and can also add shine. It can also help to prevent chipping or fading.
Not removing the sticky residue after curing
After curing, gel polish can have a sticky residue that needs to be removed with alcohol or a special cleaner. Not removing this residue can result in a dull finish or unevenness.
Not using the correct lamp or curing time
Different brands of gel polish may require different curing times or lamps. It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results.
Not using the correct remover or technique to remove the polish
Gel polish can be removed with a special remover or by soaking the nails in acetone. It's important to use the correct method and technique to avoid damaging the natural nails or making the polish difficult to remove.