Get the Dish on Gelish! A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Gel Polish 62

My fingernails are naturally pretty strong and grow long, so I like to keep them polished and looking nice. Gel nail polish is one of the greatest inventions ever… no more chipping and peeling after just a couple of days.  Gel polish typically lasts about 2 weeks, and it stays super shiny like it was just applied.  It protects your nails and makes them stronger, preventing them from breaking or ripping.  And one of the best advantages is that it dries instantly after curing in an LED or UV lamp, so you can immediately get back to work without having to worry about messing up your polish.

I was getting gel manicures at my local salon every couple of weeks, but it was an expensive habit to maintain.  After watching the professionals at the salon do my nails so many times, I thought I would try to do it myself from home.  I did some research on the different brands of gel polish and decided that Gelish was the best option for me.  It was easily accessible on Amazon.com and cheaper than most of the alternatives.  Gelish also has a pretty big selection of colors to choose from.  I purchased all of the equipment that I needed to get started for about $150, which is the equivalent of about 4 manicures at the salon.  Now I do my own gel manicures from home, as well as for a few family members and friends.

People always ask me;

  1. Are your nails real? – Yes
  2. Do you do them yourself? – Yes
  3. Is it hard to do? – No! It’s actually pretty easy.

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying Gelish nail polish.

  1. Trim and file the nails to the desired length and shape.
  2. Push the cuticles back with an orange stick or cuticle pusher.
  3. Lightly buff the surface of each nail with a block buffer.
  4. Cleanse the nails with Gelish Nail Cleanser and a lint-free wipe OR using sterile alcohol wipes.  It’s important to ensure your nails are completely oil-free!
  5. Apply Gelish PH bond to your nails.
  6. Apply a coat of Gelish Foundation to each of your nails.
  7. Cure the Foundation gel in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  8. Optional:  Apply Gelish Structure Gel and cure.  (read more about Gelish Structure gel here)
  9. Apply the first coat of the Gelish color polish of your choice.
  10. Cure the polish in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  11. Apply a second coat of Gelish color polish.
  12. Cure the polish in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  13. Apply a thin coat of Gelish Top It Off to your nails.
  14. Cure the top coat in your LED or UV lamp (read more about lamps here).
  15. Wipe your nails off with the Gelish Nail Cleanser or sterile alcohol wipes.  (This removes the tackiness).

A few tips:

  1. If you get polish on your cuticle or skin, remove it with a brush dipped in alcohol or nail cleanser BEFORE curing your nails under the light.  If you allow the polish on your cuticles to harden it will likely cause the polish to peel or chip.  Try to keep the polish on the surface of the nail only.
  2. If you mess up it’s super easy to fix as long as you do it before curing.  Just wipe the layer of polish off with your nail cleanser or alcohol (use a lint-free pad or paper towel), then just re-apply the layer.
  3. Cure time:  Typically gel polish cures with an LED lamp in just 30 seconds, or 2 minutes with a UV lamp.  Read the label on your polish for curing times.
  4. You can repeat steps 11 and 12 to add additional layers of color if you prefer.  To spice things up, try adding a glitter topper like Vegas Nights.

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