Gel nails are synthetic nails that can be put on natural nail and tip overlays, and can also be sculpted as short extensions. They are typically clear and thin, are good at resisting breakage, and are flexible. People have slowly been switching from acrylic nails to UV gel nails because the UV gel nails are much less damaging to the nail. UV gel nails are a popular trend in Europe, and are slowly becoming more common in the United States.
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Things you need
- Nail buffer
- Professional 9 volt UV lamp
- Thin gel coat
- Gel brush
- 100/180-grade nail file
- 80-grade nail file
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle clipper
- Cuticle oil
- Coloured nail polish (optional)
Prep nails by removing the oil from your nail by filing your nail surface using the coarse nail filer first, then the softer nail filer. Finish off by buffing your nails using the nail buffer. You can tell if the oil is removed when your nail surface is no longer shiny. File your nails into the shape you desire as well.
Using the cuticle pusher, gently push your cuticles back. Using the cuticle clipper, clip the cuticles (make sure not to cut excessively in order to avoid blood).
Make sure your nail surface is smooth and there is no nail dust. Using the gel brush, apply an even base coat of the thin gel polish to all of your finger nails, making sure to not get any gel on your cuticles. Put your hands under the UV lamp (also known as "curing") for three minutes.
Apply another thin and even layer of the thin gel polish as a second coat. Cure for another three minutes. Keep applying layers of the thin gel polish and curing until you achieve the thickness you desire.
Using your nail buffer, smooth out the surface of your nails. Apply one to two coats of coloured nail polish if you desire; if you choose to do this, apply another coat of the thin gel polish and cure once more.
When your nails are fully dry, rub in some cuticle oil to soften up the cuticles and to provide them with nourishment.
Creating UV Gel Nails At Home
Tips and warnings
- Make sure to never get gel on your cuticles.
- If possible, it is better to go to a professional to get UV gel nails done, as complications (like infection) can occur.
- Make sure your hands are completely clean before following these steps.
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