To apply gel nail extensions, prepare and clean the original nails, select artificial nail extensions that fit over the nails, cover with gel substance, and use a UV light to harden the gel. This process provides durable nail extensions that stand up beautifully under nail art or a manicure.Know More
Wash the hands, and remove any polish or glue from the nails. Push back the cuticles, then buff the nails to remove any shine. Be sure the nails are completely dry. Cut and file nails back if they are long.
From the box of nail extensions, select one which is the right size for each finger. It should match the exact curve of the natural nail. If the nail is a little wide, file it slightly to narrow it.
Apply glue to the hollow part of the nail extension, and attach it to the nail. Hold the extension for at least 30 seconds to give the glue time to dry.
Cut the extensions with scissors or specific nail extension clippers. Cut them a little longer than the desired length to accommodate filing and trimming. Shape and file the extension as desired.
Brush gel carefully over the natural nail and the artificial tip. Harden the gel under a UV light. File to the desired shape.
Select a nail polish designed to go over gel extensions. Polish as desired. If necessary, harden the gel polish under a UV light.
Gel nails typically hold color longer than acrylic nails. Although gel nails are more expensive then acrylics, they do not result in unattractive chipping as often as with acrylic nails. Gel nails are more flexible and therefore less likely to break when one accidentally hits them against a hard surface. When acrylic nails break off, the nail bed is exposed to possible bacteria or yeast infection, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
Gel nails are artificial nails that overlay natural nails to strengthen and lengthen them. This type of artificial nail is applied in several gel coats, which are set or cured with an ultraviolet light between each coat. Unlike acrylic products, gel products are odor-free.Full Answer >
To get short gel nails, use a nail cutter to cut the nail to the desired length, then remove old polish and prepare the nail for new color. Apply a colorless gel polish base coat and cure it using a UV lamp, then apply several coats of a colored gel polish, remembering to cure the nails between each coat. Then finish with another coat of the clear gel polish, and allow to cure for a professional look.Full Answer >
To remove gel nails, soak cotton wool in acetone-based nail polish remover, place some over each nail, surround the cotton wool and nail in foil for 10 minutes and remove the nail. This process requires enough cotton wool to cover each nail, acetone-based nail polish remover, tin foil and a nail file for the optional finishing step. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete.Full Answer >