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4 TIPS to perfect your at-home gel mani

Ready for perfect gel manis at home? We’ve put together our top tips to help you achieve a manicure that is très magnifique!

 

#1 Prep!

Push back your cuticles, file your nails to the desired shape, and then gently file or sand the entire surface of your nail.

Gel Mani at home Step 1

Gel needs a rough texture to grip onto. This allows the polish to adhere better & last longer.

 

#2 Cleanse!

Wipe away all dust & oils with nail polish remover. This helps to dehydrate the nail. Be careful not to touch your face or hair after this or apply hand cream. Gel needs a dehydrated, clean surface for best, long-lasting results.

Gel Mani at home Step 2

 

#3 Super Thin Layer!

The first coat needs to be ultra-thin, as gel is super thick. To achieve this, remove all excess gel from the brush by swiping it along the neck of the bottle. Your brush should be almost transparent. Apply a VERY thin layer of gel, covering the entire nail surface. You should still be able to see your nail.

Gel Mani at home Step 3

 

#4 Paint & Cure (One Nail at a Time)!

Paint each nail and cure immediately in the LED lamp, working one by one. Do not paint all nails, then cure one at a time. 

Gel Mani at home Step 4

It’s important to minimize the time the gel is exposed to air because it will begin to retract (the gel recedes from the edge of the nail). Cure it as soon as you have finished painting. Repeat this step until you get the desired color intensity. Most shades require just two coats but lighter shades may require three.

 

Questions? Watch our video tutorial!