Gel polish has dominated the beauty industry by offering a fabulous alternative to traditional nail polish.
Looking to express yourself through vibrant and long-lasting nail colors? You've landed in the right spot. Welcome to the glamorous world of gel nail polish. Get ready to upgrade your nail routine to a new level of perfection!
Let this blog be your guide as we unravel the secrets behind achieving flawless gel manicures and share answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) that will make you feel like a true nail artist.
Why Gel Polish Rocks:
Gel polish has gained popularity in recent years due to its long-lasting properties and glossy finish. Here is everything you need to know about Gel Polish from application to removal:
1. Application: It is recommended to start with a gel base coat for added longevity and finish with a chip-resistant, high-shine UV gel top coat. Gel polish requires a UV or LED lamp for curing after applying each layer.
2. Drying Time: Unlike regular polish, gel polish dries instantly under the UV or LED lamp significantly reducing the risk of smudging or smearing.
Recommended Cure Time:
UV Light: up to 2 minutes
LED lamp: about 30-60 seconds
3. Durability: Gel polish is known for its exceptional durability and keeping nails stronger longer. It can last up to two to three weeks without chipping or peeling, making it an ideal choice for those who want long-lasting results.
4. Color Variety: Gel polish offers a wide range of colors and finishes, similar to regular nail polish. Some specialty effects like chrome or holographic may be more readily available in gel formulas.
5. Removal: Removing gel polish requires soaking your nails in acetone or using gel polish remover wraps.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q: Can you air dry gel polish?
A: No, you can’t air dry gel polish. For curing purposes, gel polish requires a UV or LED light. Oxygen prevents the gel molecules from forming together to harden, which explains why the gel polish won’t dry when exposed to air.
Q: Can you wear gel polish and regular polish together?
A: Yes, while it is possible to wear gel polish and regular polish together, it isn’t recommended.
Option 1: Apply a base coat, then apply a gel polish coat, allow it to fully cure under a UV or LED lamp, then apply a coat of regular polish on top and allow it to fully dry.
Option 2: Apply a coat of regular nail polish first, allow it to fully dry, then apply a gel topcoat (to enhance the shine and longevity of the manicure) and cure under a UV or LED lamp.
These methods may reduce shine and durability.
Q: Why does gel polish sometimes lift, chip or peel?
A: There are many reasons this could happen.
To name a few...
Improper application - If the gel polish layers are not applied correctly and thoroughly cured, it can cause lifting over time.
Damaged nails - It is difficult for gel polish to adhere to nails with ridges, cracks or peeling cuticles.
Moisture - Moisture or water trapped under the gel polish can cause its layers to lift.
Trauma - Banging nails on objects or excessive picking can cause gel polish to peel.
Age - As the gel polish layers age overtime, they become more prone to lifting and chipping.
Q: Will gel polish ruin my natural nails?
A: When gel polish is applied, cured, and removed correctly, is generally safe for natural nails. However, improper techniques can lead to damage and weakening of the natural nails. To minimize the risk of harm, proper application and removal methods are recommended.
Q: Are UV/LED Gel Nail Lamps safe?
A: UV/LED gel nail lamps are generally considered safe when used as directed. These lamps emit ultraviolet (UV) or light-emitting diode (LED) light to cure gel nail polish, creating a long-lasting and durable finish.
To minimize the risks, here are some safety tips for using UV/LED gel nail lamps:
1. Only use as directed by manufacturer
2. Do not use the lamp for longer than necessary; excessive exposure is not recommended.
3. Take breaks between manicures to allow your nails and skin to recover from the UV exposure.
4. If you have concerns about the potential risks, discuss them with a dermatologist or healthcare professional immediately.
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If you weren’t convinced before, by now I hope that this article will serve as a guide to help you say goodbye to boring nails and hello to vibrant, long-lasting colors that will make a bold statement.
With our flawless gel manicure tips and tricks and the answers to your burning FAQs, you have all the knowledge you need to rock stunning gel nails.
Get ready to make heads turn and express your unique style with glamorous gel-polished nails!