Gel nail polish manicure? Yes please!
The official start date for Summer 2017 is June 21st and I can’t wait… I am looking forward to sundresses, shorts and all the fun clothing possibilities that come along with the summer weather!
Of course one of the very first things I wasn’t waiting to have ready for summer are my hands, as I quite often let life and “mother duty” get in the way and my hands get neglected. But I am making an effort to change that and to keep my hands not only hydrated, but also manicured, at least as much as possible…Yep, I’m talking about the mommy duty again!
How do you get nice looking hands for summer?
It is actually easier than you think. Hydration is vital and you should try to keep your hands properly hydrated year around.
The next step would be taking care of your nails, (always a good idea to use a cuticle cream).
I love having my nails painted as they can complement any outfit you are wearing and let’s be honest, nice, painted nails just look good. I prefer the gel nail polish just because it tends to last longer and resists chips more than regular nail polish.
In order to make the best out of your do it yourself manicure experience, the very first thing you need to do, is gather all the materials you are going to use and select the best spot for you to sit down and start with the process.
Once you are all set and ready to start, wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Then use the slanted side of a manicure stick to gently push back your cuticles. There are two reasons to do this, one: you will get a cleaner surface for the gel to stick and 2: you create an even longer nail to work on.
I have very thin easy to push cuticles, but I know that this is not the case for a lot of people, so if you have hard to push cuticles, simply soak then in warm water for a few minutes and then push the softer cuticles back.
The right shape for you
There are many different ways to style your nails, some of the more popular methods are square shape which is how I do mine, but you also have the round / oval shape, the squoval and the pointy stiletto nail that is trending right now.
Once you have figured out the best shape for your nails, file the edges to create the desired style. After filling the nails, you should buff the nail surface with the pink side of your buffer while always being careful not overdo it to avoid weakening your nails.
Once the buffing is done, your nails will look a bit dull as this process removes the shine and helps the polish to adhere better. Pay special attention to the sides of the nails and around the cuticle as these are the most common spots where lifting tends to occur.
At this point, you might need to wash your hands one more time, to remove the thin dust from buffing your nails.
The next step is to start working on your hands. I find that it is easier if I do 4 fingers, then the other 4 fingers, and leave the thumbs for last.
Use a lint free wipe to clean your nails using some gel cleanser and let it dry for about 15 seconds.
You are ready to apply the color
You are now ready to start applying the color you have selected…I fell in love with the MelodySusie’s Sweet Reverie which is an easy to apply one- step gel nail polish.
The set has 6 different pastel color polishes that are just perfect for summer.
Make sure to shake the gel nail polish before you start with the application. Then apply a thin even layer and then cure the gel nail polish using an LED or UV lamp. Make sure you know the correct cure time for your gel nail polish as it is not the same for all brands.
For the MelodySusie gel nail polish, I set my lamp to 15 seconds. Depending on how you like the depth of your gel nail polish, you can use anything between 1- 3 coats.
You need to make sure to cure each coat and keep in mind that the same way not all the gel nail polish works the same, the lamps are also different. I use a MelodySusie 24W LED Nail Lamp which eliminates the guess work.
Once you have applied all layers, use a clean lint free wipe and some gel cleanser and wipe each one of your nails to remove the sticky moisture layer. Some of the color might come off, but do not freak out, that is normal and will not affect your final result.
If you decide you want to be a total rock star and have your pedicure done, do the same process on your feet and do one foot at the time!
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