Do you want a long-lasting gel manicure but can't get to the salon? You can get that salon look at home with our easy guide on how to apply gel polish. In this article, GelnailsUK breaks it down in an easy to understand how to apply gel polish step by step guide, helping you achieve the best long-lasting results using Bluesky gel polish.
These following steps are really important, so take your time!
- File your nails into your preferred shape. Use a 180/240 grit file to shape your nails.
- Use a metal cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick to gently push back your eponychium and scrape away any cuticle on the nail. The cuticle is a very thin layer of skin that typically attaches to the nail plate as it grows.
- Buff the nails using a buffing block, just to remove the shine. Don't forget to replace your buffing block regularly as they get dull and will actually make your nails shiny.
- Wipe the nails with Bluesky preparation wipes. Make sure to get into all the corners and crevices, and even under the free edge removing all dust. Use this opportunity to double-check that each nail is clean, free of cuticle and slightly matte (from the buffing) rather than shiny. Get the wipes here!
Apply the base coat thin, but make sure you have even coverage. Swipe the brush along the free edge of the nail. This is called 'capping the free edge' and it prevents chipping from wear and tear.
Place your hand inside the UV lamp, and cure for 60 seconds (LED) 2 minutes (UV /CCFL )
Once your base coat is cured, it will be sticky. Do not let anything (other than your gel colour) touch it at this point. The tiniest bit of dust or fluff will ruin the final finish.
Repeat step 3, applying a second layer of colour.
Topcoat is essential for sealing and protecting your nails ad giving you that long-lasting shine unless you're a matte finish kind of person. Whichever you choose, make sure you check to see if it cures without a tacky layer. Some topcoats need to be wiped off with Isopropyl alcohol once they are cured. I recommend using Bluesky 'no wipe topcoat' so that you just cure and go!
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