We’re about 1 month into quarantine limbo, a period where drinking prosecco at 11 am is acceptable and pants are optionable yet agreeably unnecessary. It’s a time to embrace your natural beauty, let your leg hair grow and forego fussy beauty regimes. However, if you’re like me, chances are your pre-lockdown gel nails are hanging on by a thread and with salon visits a no-go, you’re mani has been left high and dry and in serious need of some TLC.
Luckily, giving yourself a gel manicure at home is not only totes doable, it’s an act of self-care, the ultimate “me-time” activity and best accompanied by a glass of wine and a banging Spotify playlist.
Below are my step-by-step instructions on how to remove your gel polish. You don’t need to be an expert (I mean, if I can do it, anyone can!), but you do need the right tools. Half of which you may already have at home, however here is a link to an Amazon shopping list with everything you’ll need including: 100% Acetone (essential for removing gel), A LED lamp, prep solution, base and top coat, lint-free wipes, a cuticle nipper & pusher set, nail file and your favourite gel nail colours.
DIY Gel Nails Tutorial.
1. Using a file, remove the top shiny coat of your existing gel polish
2. Remove gel polish with 100% Acetone
You will need a bowl, 100% acetone, 10 x lint-free wipes and 10 x pieces of of tin foil.
Then wrap the wipe around each nail and secure in place using tin foil. Wait around 10-15 minutes and let the acetone do its job.
Any remaining polish will slide off smoothly as most of the gel polish will have been dissolved by the acetone.
Push your cuticles back and use the clipper to cut the dead skin around your nails.
Use the lint-free wipes again for this step.
Apply 2-3 thin coats depending on desired opacity. Cure each coat individually under the lamp for 60-90 seconds.
Cure again for 90 seconds. IMPORTANT: you may find there is a sticky residue on your nails even after drying them under the lamp. Don’t worry, your nail is actually dry and set, you just need to take a lint-free wipe and use the prep solution to wipe the residue away.
Admire your on-fleek nails.
Cuticle oil not only moisturises but it also helps increase circulation in the nail bed and can stimulate nail growth.
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