Take your time there is no rush with applying gels, unlike normal nail enamel the gel will not set unless placed under a LED/UV lamp.
1. The base coat is extremely important as it will affect the result of the colour application, make sure to apply as close to the edges without touching the cuticle, if you do then clean the area before setting.
TOP TIP - Cap the Free Edge. When using gel polish, it is important to cap the free edge (paint the end of the nail). This will prevent the polish from lifting which will result in a longer lasting gel manicure. CAP THE FREE EDGE ON EVERY COAT ESPECIALLY THE BASE AND TOP COAT.
2. Colour application, firstly you will need to shake your chosen gel colour, due to the gel/polish formula it is important to shake before each use. We recommend rolling the bottle between two hands, this will often allow a more even application. Using the chosen colour paint carefully, curing each layer at a time. Do not load the brush too heavily as the gel could flood the cuticle or lift easily after curing. You can build up the layers to achieve the colour. We recommend using two layers however depending on the depth of the shade you made need to use addental layers.
Use Thin Layers. Gel polish has a slightly different consistency than most nail polishes. You do not need as much gel polish on your brush as you would with regular nail polish. Use thin coats, 3-4 thin coats, will last longer than 2 thick coats. Thin coats including the base and top layer.
Do not touch the nails in-between layers. There will be a sticky residue on the surface that should only be removed once the topcoat has been cured, as this will allow each layer to stick to the next. Make a mistake? Don’t worry you can tidy any mishaps with nail polish remover before curing.
Cure even coats. With each coat cure the fingers before painting and curing the thumb. If you’re working slowly this will prevent gel shifting or dripping to the side.
3. Top Coat the final gel layer, this leaves the nails with a high glossy shin, make sure to remove any tackiness within a lint free wipe and prep and shin [not sure of the name here].
TOP TIP – If your chosen a light shade and want to keep the gels looking fresh and tidy for longer apply a thin layer of top coat polish, this can easily be removed and reapplied weekly using acetone free polish remover.