Hi friends! How is your week going? I’m literally forgetting what day/week of ‘at home’ we’re on, but it’s definitely become our new normal. I know we have at least three more weeks of this and I’m okay with it, I just wish there wasn’t so much anxiousness in the air.
And I miss my friends and family. Really bad. My amazing group of Mom friends always gets together for birthdays and we have two special ones this month. We’ve been plotting virtual parties, but I wish I could hug their necks and get together in person!
How are you doing?? It’s beyond crazy (and oddly comforting) knowing that we really are all in this together. ♥
HOW TO GET A GEL MANICURE AT HOME (WITHOUT UV LIGHT)
I’m super excited about today’s post because I think it will be helpful for you. My twice a month salon manicures have obviously been put on hold right now. I usually get shellac and love it because it looks so good and lasts for at least two weeks. I love having nails that look good and can’t stand it when my nails look chipped and ugly.
Several months ago, I was commenting on my sister-in-law Jessica’s gorgeous nails, and she told me she does them herself. I was so shocked because they always look fabulous, like she just came from the salon. She told me she’s been doing her nails at home for years. She said that, after much trial and error, she found the magic combo for getting a gel manicure at home, without any UV light.
PRO TIP: The key is the Gelous Nail Gel. It’s a clear gel polish that contains Keratin to strengthen, harden and reinforce weak nails. It bonds directly to your nail and makes your nails smooth as glass so that the polish glides on like silk.
My nails are weak with lots of ridges, so if I polish my nails without the Gelous Nail Gel, the polish never looks good. It’s all clumpy and bumpy. But with it, they look fantastic and, if you take your time and follow the steps below, your manicure will last a good 4-5 days without chipping!
PRIMING YOUR NAILS FOR PAINT
Start by removing old nail polish and then clean up your cuticles. An easy way to do this is to apply cuticle remover around your cuticles, wait 15 seconds, and then gently push the cuticles back with a cuticle tool.
I’m always afraid to cut my cuticles, but this product works great by easily and gently removing the dead skin around your cuticles without any damage to them.
Having a clean looking nail helps your polish go on better and makes your manicure look that much more professional.
GEL MANICURE STEPS
So let’s get to the gel manicure. The thing I really love about this is that all you have to do is polish your nails, without any UV light.
PRO TIP : Be patient, use thin coats of polish and wait 5 minutes between coats so the polish dries completely before moving onto the next step.
Step 1 : File, buff and smooth your clean nails. I use this Nail Buffer Block and really like how it’s labeled so you know which side is for what. Remove any nail dust with polish remover, being sure no cotton is left behind.
PRO TIP : Be sure your nails are completely clean (no oils) and dry before applying polish.
Step 2 : Apply a thin coat of Gelous Nail Gel
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Step 3 : Apply a thin coat of nail polish
PRO TIP : How to get perfect polish application : Apply a ‘dot’ of polish just below the cuticle, then pull the polish straight down the nail bed. Then pull down on the right and left sides. Finally, gently push the dot of polish up toward the cuticle.
PRO TIP : Don’t forget to seal the ends of your nails by dragging the tip of the nail polish brush along the tips of your nails. It will help keep your nails from chipping.
Step 4 : Apply a thin coat of the Gelous Nail Gel
Step 5 : Apply a thin coat of nail polish
Step 6 : Apply a top coat
After your polish is completely dry, apply Cuticle Oil. It will give your polish a lasting shine, and help the health of your cuticles, especially if you use it daily. You can also use vaseline if you don’t have cuticle oil.
Have are your nails holding up? Have you been doing them at home? I hope this helps with your next manicure! Try it and let me know how it works for you!
Have a fantastic day!