I am a big fan of a good manicure as you might have noticed by now and if there is one thing I absolutely cannot stand it’s chipped nail polish. Now to make this clear, I am not talking about one nail that broke while you closed a door at work, I am talking about bitten off, scratched off, played with nail polish which looks like it was applied a year ago. A manicure takes 10 minutes, removing your nail polish takes 1, so either way there is really no excuse to walk around looking like you don’t care about your hygiene, right?.
Thankfully there is a solution for all of us lazies out there, and it’s called Shellac, a mixture of gel and nail polish. It’s hardened with UV light and supposedly lasts up to a month (realistically about 2 weeks). If you want to give it a go, I have a few tips for you on how to get it right, as Shellac does not behave like nail polish in the slightest and takes some practice before getting it perfect.
1. Try to build a sandwich with the 3 coats. Apply the base coat to cover all of your nail, then apply the colour to the middle of your nail, and finally apply the top coat to all of your nail again so it touches the base coat on the outer borders, locking in the colour. Your manicure will last much longer when you use this method instead of just layering all coats on top of each other.
2. When you start painting and you’re not fast enough, or use too much product you might notice the shellac ‘flowing’ to the sides of your nails, as it doesn’t dry like normal nail polish. My trick: just put the finger you’re painting on the table and let the others hang down the side so the shellac moves to your finger tips instead of the sides. When done, quickly place your hand inside the lamp, let it dry for 2 min and then off to the next coat.
3. Use two very thin layers of colour, instead of one thick one. By doing this, you avoid the ‘flowing’ effect mentioned above, your nails won’t look as thick as some gel nails do, and you can control the actual shade of colour much better.
4. When the top coat is applied, you are supposed to use rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky layer. Nail polish remover with Acetone works just as well! Just quickly swipe every nail but remember, leaving it on for too long will start removing it. All done!