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Unlock Flawless Gel Manicures: Easy Guide to Perfect, Long-Lasting Gel Color Nails!

by ANH HUYNH 18 Mar 2023

Applying gel color to nails is a process that involves several steps to create a long-lasting and glossy finish. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use gel color on nails:

  1. Prepare your nails: Remove any old nail polish and push back your cuticles. Trim and file your natural nails to the desired length and shape. Clean your nails with alcohol or a nail cleanser to remove any oil or debris.

  2. Apply a base coat: Apply a thin layer of gel base coat to your nails, avoiding the cuticles. This helps the gel color adhere to your nails and provides a smooth surface for the color application.

  3. Cure the base coat: Place your nails under a UV or LED lamp to cure the gel base coat. The curing time depends on the specific lamp and gel product you are using. Typically, it takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes to cure the base coat.

  4. Apply the gel color: Shake the gel color bottle to ensure the color is well-mixed. Apply a thin and even layer of gel color to your nails, avoiding the cuticles and sidewalls. Be careful not to apply the gel too thickly, as this can cause uneven curing and peeling.

  5. Cure the gel color: Place your nails under the UV or LED lamp to cure the gel color. The curing time depends on the specific lamp and gel product you are using. Typically, it takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes to cure each layer of gel color.

  6. Apply additional coats (if needed): For a more opaque color, apply additional thin layers of gel color, curing each layer under the lamp. Two to three layers are usually sufficient for most gel colors.

  7. Apply a top coat: Once the desired color opacity is achieved, apply a thin layer of gel top coat to seal and protect the color, ensuring a high-gloss finish.

  8. Cure the top coat: Place your nails under the UV or LED lamp to cure the gel top coat. The curing time depends on the specific lamp and gel product you are using. Typically, it takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes to cure the top coat.

  9. Remove the tacky layer: Some gel top coats leave a tacky residue after curing. To remove this, use a lint-free wipe soaked with alcohol or a nail cleanser and gently wipe each nail.

  10. Maintain your gel manicure: Gel color can last up to two weeks or more with proper care. Keep your nails hydrated by applying cuticle oil regularly and avoid using your nails as tools to prevent chipping or peeling.

To remove gel color, use a gentle soaking or filing method to avoid damaging your natural nails. Do not peel or forcefully remove the gel, as this can cause damage to the nail surface.

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