How To Apply Gel Nail Polish Perfectly Like A Pro

How To Apply Gel Nail Polish Perfectly Like A Pro

A gel manicure might just be what you’re looking for if you're new to nail polish, or want to find a longer-lasting formula. Compared to regular nail polish in Singapore, gel nail polish is known to be incredibly long-lasting. It comes in a liquid formula that is applied directly on your natural nail unlike acrylic nails. Are you looking for a gel manicure that lasts but can't make it to the salon? Learn how to apply gel nail polish easily with this guide, because painting your nails like a pro doesn’t have to be difficult!

Prep the nails

To ensure you get the best results, your natural nails need to be clean and dry, so wash your hands and scrub those nails before you begin. The next step to a beautiful gel manicure is shaping your nails. Use a nail clipper to trim your nails to your preferred size and shape, then use a nail file to round out the edges. Filing also allows for a smoother application.

Afterwards, push your cuticles back with a cuticle pusher to make more of your nail visible. Use it to also remove dead skin from your nail plate and help maintain even cuticles. Then, apply cuticle oil to nourish the skin surrounding your nails. Hydration is key for nail health. That is why you should be using cuticle oil daily, especially in combination with gel nail polish. One thing to take note of is to avoid applying cuticle oil too late in the process. Oily residue that is still on your nails will cause the base coat to have trouble adhering when applying nail polish. However, cuticle oil is a great way to rehydrate your cuticles after a manicure. Therefore it is also recommended to use cuticle oil after the treatment.

Buff the nails using a buffing block to remove access shine for a smooth application of the base coat. Keep in mind to replace your buffing block regularly as they can get dull and will actually cause your nails to become shiny. Next, clean your nails thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or cleanser to allow the polish to adhere directly to your natural nail. Take this opportunity to double-check that each nail is clean, free of cuticle and slightly matte rather than shiny.

Applying base coat

UV Lamp for nail polish

Apply a thin layer of base coat evenly, then wipe the brush along the free edge of the nail. This is called 'capping the free edge' which prevents chipping from wear and tear. Next, cure each nail under a UV or LED lamp to dry it. Cure your base coat for at least 30 seconds to a minute before continuing to ensure that it has thoroughly dried. When your base coat is cured, it will be sticky. Prevent anything from coming in contact with it at this point, as the tiniest bit of dust or fluff will ruin the final finish.

Applying the gel polish

icing color gel nail polish

Shake your gel nail polish well before application to ensure that the formula is properly mixed. Apply each layer in a thin coat all the way to the edges of the nail, but try to leave a 1 mm gap between any skin and nail edge. If you do make a mistake, simply wipe off the stray polish before curing, so it does not dry and become harder to remove. Going in with a second coat of gel nail polish is recommended for a more opaque colour. Cure your polish in between each coat, placing your nails under the UV or LED lamp for at least 30 seconds each.

Applying the top coat

Once your gel nail polish colour has been applied to your liking, apply a top coat to ensure that the colour is sealed in and to give your nails a shine. Be sure to cover the entire nail with a top coat, and cap the edges for a perfect seal.

Cure your nails one last time, this time for at least a minute, so you can ensure that they are perfectly dried and sealed. Wipe down the surface of each nail thoroughly with an alcohol wipe. This will remove the sticky residue from the top coat, helping to achieve that long-lasting shine.

Now that your manicure is complete, you should be confident in knowing how to apply gel nail polish in the future! Beauty Garage has a range of nail products and nail courses that will give you salon quality, beautifully manicured nails. Check it out to learn more!

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