If you love gel and shellac manicures as much as I do, then you know how frustrating it can be when you have to do your own manicure at home and wait for the inevitable first chip. Sometimes it happens the next day, sometimes you're lucky and you can make it a few days. I wash my hands A LOT. I do a lot of dishes. I change a lot of diapers (more hand-washing), I do a lot of laundry. My point isn't to tell you that I keep up my end of the bargain in the housekeeping department, it's that my hands see a lot of abuse and a lot of water which means manicures don't tend to last long around these parts. That's the beauty of shellac or gel manicures. They are cured with a UV lamp and they don't budge. At all. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of running to the nail salon every 2 weeks to have my shellac properly removed and reapplied. With this method, you just need the bottle of American Classics GELOUS Advanced Nail Gel Coat, any polish of your choice, and top coat of your choice. I will tell you that if you haven't used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Out of the billions of clear top coats I've used, this one is leaps and bounds above the others. It really does dry insanely fast AND it gives the glossiest, shiniest finish. Do yourself a favor, and pick it up when you get your bottle of Gelous. The two together make the cutest couple since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Here's what you do:
Step 1 | make sure your nails are bare and don't have any oils or lotions on them. If you want to moisturize or rub a cuticle oil in beforehand, make sure you take a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and carefully remove any residue from nails before you apply your first coat of polish.
Step 2 | apply a very thin coat of Gelous to nails. Make SURE you wait at least 45 seconds before you apply your nail polish.
Step 3 | apply a very thin coat of the nail polish color of your choice (I used China Glaze in color "Japanese Koi" which is kind of a neon orange red). Again, wait at least 45 seconds to dry.
Step 4 | apply another very thin coat of Gelous to nails. Wait 45 seconds to dry.
Step 5 | apply another thin coat of the nail polish color of your choice.
Step 6 | apply top coat of choice. Again, I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Wait 45 seconds to dry.
Step 7 | apply one more coat of Gelous and let dry.
That's it! You're done! No curing under a UV light! You won't believe how shiny and glossy and sexy your new nails are and no worrying about them chipping off before you can say "Hey YOU! Check out my nails!" If you want your manicure to look as great as day 1, make sure you rub a good cuticle oil, coconut oil or olive oil into your cuticles daily to keep the skin around them soft and healthy. This easy step also keeps a bit of elasticity to your nails and polish which will give it major staying power. This makes a HUGE difference in the lifespan of a manicure.
You should be able to remove your new gel manicure with regular nail polish remover (you may have to soak a cotton ball in remover and let it sit on nails for a minute or two). If you have 100% pure acetone nail polish remover (you can find this alongside any normal nail polish remover) it will work a bit faster to remove your polish. Just make sure you wash your hands every well afterwards and then moisturize and rub some cuticle oil or coconut oil (or olive oil) into your nails and cuticles.
Here's how my mani held up after a week! I would have left it on longer, but I wanted to give myself a festive glitter mani for the 4th of July!