I have been doing my own gel nails now for nearly 18 months. I was fed up of chipped nails using standard polish and found it a pain booking in and traveling to a salon every couple of weeks.
I wouldn’t say I was amazing at painting nails but I do get by and after all practice makes perfect.
In terms of gels I watched a few YouTube tutorials before taking the plunge, and quickly decided it’s worth a go.
I decided to go for the Red Carpet Manicure set. It seemed great value and had easy to follow instructions.
You start with a prep on the nails, then use the structure, coloured plush (two coats), followed by the brilliance for the top coat. Thin coats gives the best finish, don’t be tempted to do thick coats thinking it will be faster or give you a better look. It doesn’t, if anything it makes it more likely not to last. Don’t forget to fold you nails under the UV light between each coat and make sure you leave it the the full time to cure properly.
I like to do mine on a Sunday night in front of the tv, I use a laptop knee pad to make it easier and to have a solid surface to work on.
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