Can I do my own Gelous gel manicure at home?
You certainly can! We've created a next-level product range for beautiful DIY gel manicures. Why not pamper yourself while learning to master the art of a beautiful at-home gel manicure or gel pedicure? We'll give you all our tips and tricks so you can use your Gel Nail Polish Pack to create the perfect DIY gel manicure!
How do you prepare your nails for a Gelous gel manicure?
If your nails bend or break easily, we suggest taking some time to give them some much needed care. Nails that bend and warp can cause your Gel Nail Polish to peel away from your nails easily. This is easily taken care of - simply apply our ORLY Nail Defense and Cuticle Oil to strengthen and nourish your nails. You’ll want to continue doing this until your nails feel noticeably stronger and have minimal bend when you push down on them.
Preparation is incredibly important if you want a manicure that lasts a long time and looks salon-quality. Before you apply your first layer of Gel Nail Polish, lightly buff the surface of your nails using our Nail File. You'll want to buff your nails in one direction, paying close attention to the sides of your nails and near the cuticles, as these are often the areas that start to lift first if not buffed sufficiently. Ensure the surface of your nail looks dull (not shiny), as the roughness of your nails will help the Gel Nail Polish adhere better.
Once your nails have been thoroughly buffed and prepped, you need to clean them to ensure there is no leftover dust, oil or anything else on the nail. Thoroughly dust off your nails with our Dust Brush, then apply your Nail Polish Remover to a Lint Free Wipe and clean on top of the nails, around the cuticles, sides, and even under your nails too! Get right in there. The aim is to make sure that there is nothing that could hinder a smooth application of your Gel Nail Polish. Removing the residue on your nails can make a huge difference!
How long does Gelous Gel Nail Polish take to dry?
To dry Gelous Gel Nail Polish, cure each of your coats under the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds. Once your last coat is cured your nails will be dry, smooth and hard. There's nothing worse than smudging your nails after finishing your manicure - with Gelous Gel Nail Polish this is a thing of the past!
Once cured, your Base Coat, Builder Gel and Colour Coat layers will remain a little tacky. This is so that when you apply the next layer, it sticks to the layer below. Once your Top Coat is cured under the UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds it won't be tacky - it will be hard, dry and perfectly cured.
How do you apply Gelous Gel Nail Polish?
Start by setting up your manicure station somewhere comfortable, clean and away from any pets to avoid lint or hairs sticking to your Gel Nail Polish. To apply each coat of your Gel Polish, start a bit above the cuticle and ‘push’ your Gel Polish gently towards it, leaving a thin gap between the edge of the Gel Nail Polish and your cuticle. After this, pull one stroke up the center of your nail, one up each side and then ‘cap’ your nail by running the brush horizontally over its tip. It's important to apply thin, even coats of UV/LED Gel Nail Polish over your nail to ensure proper curing and reduce the likelihood of peeling or chipping. Make sure to avoid getting any Gel Polish on your skin or cuticle - if you do, you can simply remove it with an Orangewood Cuticle Stick or Lint Free Wipe before curing.
Your first coat is the Base Coat. After applying, you'll want to cure it for a minute under the UV LED Gel Nail Lamp. If you have flaky, brittle, thin or splitting nails, we recommend using one of our Rubber Base Coats instead of the regular Base Coat to create a thicker, more even surface your your Gel Polish to adhere to. For those of us who aren't blessed with lovely thick nails, follow this with an application of Builder Gel (also known as BIAB or Builder in a Bottle), curing it again for 60 seconds under the UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp. Builder Gel is very helpful in giving your gel manicure additional strength and reducing any nail bending. The next step is to apply Gelous Colour Coat. We recommend doing 2-3 thin coats of this for the best coverage, curing after each coat for 60 seconds with the UV LED Gel Nail Lamp. Now it's time for the final layer - Top Coat. We have a range of Top Coat options, including Matte Top Coat, Glossy Top Coat and Shimmer Top Coat to give you options to finish your gel manicure in whichever way you want.
How should I properly care for my nails after a Gelous gel manicure?
There's a few more key things that will ensure you achieve the gel manicure of your dreams. Use Cuticle Oil regularly to moisturise your cuticles and keep your nails looking fresher for longer. Hand moisturisers and masks, such as ORLY Hydrating Creme and Jema Rose 8+ Minute Hand Mask are great too - these keep your hands moisturised, soft and gorgeous. Finally, do your best to avoid washing dishes or using cleaning products without gloves as this can sometimes interfere with the longevity of your gel manicure. These last few steps really do make all the difference when taking your at-home gel manicure from good to great!