I have loved my gel manicure system ever since I purchased it (read here). It’s easy enough and gives me a chip-free manicure for about 2 weeks, and since I work with my hands a lot that is a huge lifesaver. The only downside? Being limited to only using gel polishes, when I have a huge stash of regular polishes that I have collected over the years. Being the Google-savy person that I am, I searched to see if it was possible to use regular polish with the gel system. Low and behold, there is a way! Hallelujah!
Prep nails as you usually would (file, trim cuticles, buff, clean), just like if you were doing a regular gel manicure. Apply base coat then cure (just as you normally would do).
Apply regular polish, use as many coats as you desire (just as you would when regularly painting nails). It does not matter what color or type of polish you are using. The trick is:
You have to let the polish completely dry.
That means, you have to play the waiting game. This part is crucial, I wait at least 30 minutes before moving on to the next step. If you don’t wait until it dries, the gel system will not work. You do not need to cure in this step.
Apply top coat, then cure. Wipe off excess using isopropyl alcohol, then you’re done!
Pretty easy breezy, right? I do this all the time, depending on the polish it usually lasts a week and a half until I see fading on the edges. Now that is amazing wear time for someone like me, polish chips on me after a day. Now I can enjoy the longevity of a gel manicure with my regular polishes, holler!
Do you get gel manicures? What’s your favorite system?
Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. -Iris Apfel
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