If you’ve been thinking about trying out gel polish but aren’t sure where to start, this article is for you! Gel polish might sound intimidating at first, but once you know the basics, it can be your new favorite beauty accessory.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything from what products are needed to prep and apply gel polish to what color of gel polish is best for your nails. We’ll also teach you a few nail art designs so that you can show off your creativity. Ready? Let’s get started!
How To Apply Gel Polish On Natural Nails?
Now that you know what you need, let’s get into the six steps to applying gel polish:
1. Cleaning your nails
Before applying gel polish, it’s important to make sure that your nails are clean and free of any oils or other debris. You can use a nail file or emery board to remove any debris from your nails. Make sure that there is no dirt or other debris between the base of your nail and the cuticle.
2. Preparing your nails for gel polish
The best way to prepare for gel polish is to use a base coat. Base coats are a thin layer of clear polish that will protect the natural nail underneath from being damaged by UV light (UV lamp). The base coat will also allow you to see where you need to file in order for the gel polish color to be applied smoothly and evenly onto your nails. To apply a base coat, apply one layer of clear polish on all four fingers of your hand. If you want to add a second layer, apply a second coat of clear polish on the same fingers and let it dry for at least 30 minutes before applying the gel polish. If you want to apply a third layer, apply another coat of clear polish on the same fingers. Let dry for at least 30 minutes, and then apply the gel polish.
3. Preparing your nails for gel polish
It’s important to make sure that your nails are completely clean and free of any oils or dirt before applying gel polish. You can use an acetone-based nail cleaner or just soap and water to remove all oils from your nails before applying gel polish.
4 . Applying Gel Polish
After cleaning your nails, it’s time to apply the base color of your choice onto all four fingers of your hand with a brush (gel brush). Make sure that each finger is completely covered with one coat! It is important that each finger be completely covered with one coat of color to ensure a smooth and even application of the gel polish. The gel polish should be applied in one long stroke from cuticle to tip. Make sure that your nails are completely dry before applying any additional layers of gel polish.
5 . Adding Gel Polish
Once you’ve applied your base coat, it’s time to add two layers of color! Apply the first layer of color using a clean brush (gel brush). Make sure each nail is completely covered with the first layer and that each finger is completely covered with one coat of color. You can apply as many layers as you like or until you reach your desired level of opacity (thickness) for the formula that you’re using. To ensure that all nails are completely covered with one coat, start by applying a thin layer on the tip and then follow up with a thicker layer on all other nails. Finally, apply a final layer on all nails to make sure they’re completely finished! As long as your nails are completely dry, you can apply as many layers as you like.
6 . Finishing touches
Once the gel polish has dried, apply a top coat over the gel polish to seal in color and protect your nails. You can use any topcoat that you like. Just make sure it is designed for use with gel polish! A quick tip: if you want to remove the topcoat, just soak your finger in warm water for a few minutes and then gently remove the gel polish with a nail file.
7 . Cleaning up your nails
When it’s time to clean up your nails, make sure that they are completely clean of any dust or dirt before proceeding. Use an acetone-based nail cleaner or soap and water to remove all oils from your nails before applying another coat of clear polish on all fingers. If you want to apply another base color (or even one more layer of color), repeat steps 2-6 above. When applying a base coat, you’ll want to start with a clean nail and use a thin coat of color. However, when applying the gel polish, it’s best to apply at least three coats of color (one layer each for the tip, middle and base) before adding any topcoat.
What Is Gel Polish?
Gel polish is a nail polish that comes in different colors and is cured with a UV lamp or LED. The gel polish can stay on your nails for up to three weeks, which is six times longer than regular nail polish.
Before we get into the steps to apply it, let’s take a look at the basics of what you need for this process:
- A clean surface to work on
- Nail prep products (we’ll get into those more later)
- UV lamp or LED
- Gel Polish color of your choice
How To Choose The Right Color?
Of Gel Polish Choosing the right color of gel polish is an important step in making your nails look their best. There are a few things you should consider when choosing your gel polish color:
– What colors are in trends?
– What colors do you like on yourself?
– What colors fit your profession?
Regardless of what colors you choose, make sure that you’re not choosing more than one red or pink shade. Having more than one can make it difficult to match your nails with other outfits. Once you’ve chosen the perfect color for yourself, try to be consistent in wearing this color so that it becomes a signature pop of color for your nails!
Our Top 3 Favorite Nail Art Designs
1. Gel Polish with 2-3 Ombre Layers
One of the easiest and most popular nail art designs is an ombre manicure.
Begin by applying a thin coat of nude gel polish to your nails. Let it dry for one minute before adding a second color that’s darker than the first but not too dark. Make sure to apply gel polish in a thin layer, like you would any other color, and let it dry for about one minute. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of layers. Then add on some clear top coat to seal in your design and keep them from smudging or chipping too easily!
2. 3D Flowers
This design is as beautiful as it is simple! Start with a base coat of black or another deep color, followed by two coats of pink or red to make flowers on your nails.
Then use white polish to make stems for the petals and leaves for the flowers, drawing them in whatever way you want. Finish it off with some clear top coat so that the three-dimensional effect stays around longer!
3. Glitter Gradient Nails
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out this glitter gradient design! Start by painting your nails black with two coats of nail polish. Next, take a glittery polish (preferably gold) and paint over half of each nail, making sure there are no spaces left uncovered in between colors. Finally, finish off.
After following these steps, you will have beautiful nails for weeks.
You will be able to maintain a manicure for weeks on end with gel polish. If you want to maintain beautiful nails, the benefits of gel polish can’t be overlooked. You will be able to avoid the hassle of removing and reapplying nail polish without sacrificing the quality of your manicure. Gel polish is a great investment for anyone who needs their nails to look as perfect as possible.