Happy new year everyone!
If you live in the USA this post might seem a little useless for you!For people in the UK trying to find products to create a gel manicure at home,using a peel off nail polish base coat isn’t easy.Well it wasn’t for me anyway and i’m not talking about the nail polish you get in boots that states “gel finish – no need for uv lights” either.
For under £11 i bought 6 shades of Gel Len nail polish,that also included a base and top coat.Shades do vary in different sets and since writing this post up,i can’t find the exact set i purchased.Browsing Amazon i managed to find the base and top coat and all the single shades,which i’ve linked below.In my set there is a shimmer red,a bright red,glitter topper and a beige.Each polish needs to be cured under a uv lamp,which i also purchased from Amazon for £13!
Everything you need:
Step 1 –
File all nails to desired shape and length and push cuticles back.I like to use a cuticle dissolvant to help scrape off the cuticles that have grown up the sides and on top of my nail.This will help your manicure last longer and stop the polish flooding into your cuticle.Wash any remaining dissolvant off with some warm soapy water.
Step 2 –
Apply a layer of base coat onto each nail and then place them under your uv lamp for around 1 min 30.I like to do my thumbs separately,it just makes life easier and lessens smudging.My uv lamp has a cut off time of 45 seconds and two short sessions is enough to set the base coat.It’s important to cure each layer under the lamp,especially the base coat.Otherwise any colour you apply on top will mix in with the base,making it harder to get an opaque layer.The base coat will stick be tacky after curing.
Step 3 –
When applying your gel polish,don’t apply it right up next to your cuticle.Instead leave a gap,this will stop any flooding that happens when you cure it under the lamp.Don’t forget to apply some polish to the tips of your nails too,this will stop early chipping/peeling.Which brand of gel polish you use,will determine how many layers you need to apply to get the finish you want.All the shades i’ve used have needed 2 coats,each coat needed curing separately for around 2 minutes or until hard.
Step 4 –
When applying your top coat,you can afford to be generous.This step won’t affect the appearance of your nail colour,it will give your nails that nice hard shine and durability we’re all seeking.Again,make sure you wrap the tip of your nails.It’s equally important to clean up any top coat that has seeped onto your cuticle or surrounding skin.If you leave it and cure your nail,you won’t be able to correct your error afterwards.
I’ve inserted photos of my first and second attempts below.Note the flooding in some of the nails,this is what happens when you take the polish too close up to the cuticle.
First attempt –
Photo taken 1 week after application.
Second attempt –
Photo taken 2 days after application.
Overall i’m quite happy with the Gel Len polishes,they hold up really well for me.I only noticed some minor tip wear on day 7.What i really love about this brand of gel polish is the fact i don’t need any nail varnish or acetone to remove it.I simply just peel it off from the edges.
It’s rather satisfying.
Let me know if you have any questions on any of the products used or linked above,in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.If you liked this post you may also like my older nail of the weeks posts too.Linked here.