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 offer longer staying power than traditional nail polishes, but there has been concern over the safety of the gel manicure. Gel nail polish is applied to the nail and then set by exposure to ultraviolet light. UV light exposure has been linked to premature aging and skin cancer.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 get pink and white gel nails, also known as French tips or a French manicure, prepare your nails. Apply the base coat, and apply the white tip.Full Answer >