How to apply gel polish
The appearance of gel polish is definitely one of the most significant events that have happened in the world of the nail industry in recent times. This is an absolute favorite and a real salvation for girls who often use their hands in work.
You can continue to sing laudatory odes to gel polish for a long time, but instead, let's look at the technology of its application and find out if it is possible to do such a manicure yourself .
For a manicure with gel polish, we need a certain arsenal of tools. Let their number not scare you, in practice you will understand that each of them performs an important irreplaceable mission. So, we will need:
- Nail polish remover and cotton pads (to remove old finish)
- Primer and gel base (applied as a base coat). It "prepares" the nail surface for coating, is the basis for the long service life of gel polish and prevents delamination during wear.
- Design gel (rarely used for independent manicure, this is still the lot of masters). Used to strengthen the nail surface in those who have very thin, brittle nails.
- Fixative gel, top (another transparent gel that is used to set the entire procedure and get shine)
- Medium brush
- UV or LED lamp (for "drying" the nails and further hardening of the applied layers)
- Agent for cleaning the applied coating after gel polymerization (to remove the sticky layer that remains during the curing of the gel polish)
- Lint-free wipes or cotton swabs (for cleanser)
- Nail file
- Cuticle stick
- polishing block
So, we have prepared the "weapon", now let's go directly to the process:
Step 1: Preparing your nails Pre-treating your nails is one of the most important steps in any manicure. Using a manicure stick, gently push the cuticle. This is an important step, because if it is not treated, then after coating the cuticle will be damaged as the nail grows. If your cuticles are very difficult to push back, you can soak them in warm water for a few minutes. Now it's time to give shape to your nails. To do this, use a nail file with a medium grit to prevent delamination.
The next stage of preparation will be polishing the surface of the nails. This will remove the oily sheen and serve as the basis for good contact of the coating with the nail plate.
Pay attention to the area around the edges of the nails and around the cuticle, not paying due attention to polishing in these places - you can do a disservice to all further coverage.
Next, you need to decide which hand to coat first, as I don't recommend covering all 10 fingers at once. The easiest way is to do 4 fingers on one hand, then 4 fingers on the other, and finish by covering the thumbs. Step 2: Covering the base coat Initially, it is recommended to use a primer when painting the base coat. This is a kind of "double-sided tape" in the relationship of gel polish and nail. It is used for productive contact of the coating with the surface of the nail. If the nails are brittle, weak and exfoliating, a primer is indispensable.
Then move on to base gel polish . The durability of the entire coating depends on this. In the future, such a base also protects the nail from the harmful effects of the coloring components present in the gel polish. The base layer covers almost the entire area of the nail, retreating from the cuticle and side walls by about 0.5-1 mm. You need to be very careful and remember that all layers must be applied evenly and thinly.
Next, you need to "dry" the coating. To do this, place the nail in an ultraviolet lamp for about a minute (or in an LED lamp for 15 seconds). After drying, we level the layer using a dry brush in order to further evenly distribute the next color coating.
Step 3: Top coat Gel polish has a slightly different consistency than most regular nail polishes, and this can take you a little by surprise if you're new to the craft. You should not pick up too much gel on the brush (as you did with regular varnish), otherwise the gel polish will instantly spread around the cuticle and the edge of the nail. Just remember that it is better to make several thin layers than 2 thick ones. Depending on the type and power of the lamp, we dry a certain amount of time for each applied layer of gel polish. In order not to get confused in the required time, the table below will suit you.
Pay special attention to the end of the nail - carefully paint over it, this will help to avoid chips in the future wear.
Step 4: Finishing coat This is the final stage of the coating procedure. Finish gel (or gel top, as it is also called) is required to further fix the coating and give it shine. The finish must be applied in a thicker layer, in comparison with the previous stages. Again, do not deprive the attention of the ends of the nails. Drying such a layer also takes the longest time, at least 2 minutes in a UV lamp or 30 seconds in an LED lamp. If the gel top is not dried enough, the coating will not get the proper shine.
The sticky layer that remains even after all drying is usually removed with a special tool - a clinser (Cleanser). The durability of the coating depends on the use of this tool. The clinser also contains moisturizing ingredients that prevent the skin and nail plate from drying out.
Ready! Now you can enjoy a beautiful, and last but not least, durable coating of your nails.
Well, in the end, I would like to remind you of my favorite mantra - moisturizing, moisturizing and moisturizing again . :) Everyone who has experienced negative consequences after wearing gel polish, most often received it due to improper removal of gel polish or from overdried cuticles and nails. Therefore, whatever the coating on your nails, do not forget to apply a moisturizer or cuticle oil on time.