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Gel Nails Guide for Beginners

Gel Nails Guide for Beginners

Traditional nail polishes are prone to chipping within a few days, quite often due to more oil production on the nail bed which prevents the polish from adhering for a prolong duration. Doing your own gel nails can seem intimidating but it is SUPER easy and rewarding because of all the time and money you save. Gel polish is the latest trend for those struggling with long-wearing nail polish. Unlike regular nail polish, gel polish is a thinner formula and more flexible than standard acrylic enhancements so it will not chip easily from your nails. This gel nails guide includes instructions, tips and FAQs. Leave a comment if you still have questions.

Tools for Doing Gel Nails

  1. 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
  2. Cotton Pads or Lint Free Wipes
  3. UV Lamp or LED Lamp
  4. Gel/Shellac Base Coat
  5. Gel/Shellac Color Coat
  6. Gel/Shellac Top Coat

DIY Steps for Gel Nails

  1. Begin with clean and trimmed nails. Use a cuticle oil to remove any excess skin laying on the nail plate, you can also push the skin back with a orangewood stick for a smooth surface. A nail file will shape the nails to your desired length to get your nails ready for the gel polish. Excess oil and residue should be removed with a cotton ball dampened with acetone.
  2. Apply a cuticle remover on your cuticles and then push back each cuticle with a metal or wood cuticle pusher. If you have tough cuticles then you can soak them in warm water to soften them for one to two minutes before you push back your cuticles.
  3. Base coat is important to protect your natural nails from damage. Apply a very thin coat of the base gel to the nails, avoid applying the base gel polish close to your cuticle. Place your nails under a UV or LED lamp. LED lamp will cure the gel polish in just 30 seconds, or 2 minutes with a UV lamp.
  4. Apply a very thin coat of gel polish color. Remember to use the thinnest layers step by step to prevent the gel polish from lifting off the nail. Cure the nail under the UV or LED lamp.
  5. Apply one coat evenly and cure for the prescribed time (typically 90 seconds-2 minutes). I really like to layer on and cure a second coat to make the color bolder, especially if I’m working with a sheer polish.
  6. Finish with a thin layer of top coat for a glossy look and cure it under the UV or LED lamp. This coat is a critical step and is key in creating a long lasting manicure. Apply a thin and even layer, then cure for the prescribed time limit.
  7. Wipe with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. Now your pretty gel nails will be dry, hardened, smooth and shiny.


How Do I Remove Gel Nail Polish?
  1. File and gently buff the top coat off your gel nails until the glossy finish is removed.
  2. Use 100 percent acetone and soak a small piece of cotton ball.
  3. Cut small square pieces of tin foil for each nail to wrap around your finger.  Wrap the cotton ball on your nail and place a small piece of tin foil on top, wrapping it tightly.
  4. Allow the nails to soak in the acetone for 15 minutes, making sure the cotton is placed directly on your nail.
  5. Remove each wrapper one nail at a time, the gel polish should be softened and released from the nail. Use a orangewood stick to gently push the gel off your nail. If any small piece of polish is remaining, use a nail file to buff it off or repeat the removal process.
  6. If the polish is still hard, reapply the cotton soaked acetone with the tin foil and leave it on for a longer duration. Continue until all of the color is removed from your nails.
  7. Finish with CND nail oils, massage it all over your nails and cuticles to treat any dryness and replenish moisture leaving them looking silky and radiant.
Will Gel Nail Polish Ruin My Nails?

This is a common question we care about because the gel nails removal process is so different than normal nail polish. Typically people who have very sensitive/weak nails or who are addicted to gel manicures and get them non-stop back to back are the people who have problems with nail damage. In general, the most of us can do gel nails at home safely if we give our nails a break for at least one week in between nails manicures. Improper removal is another main cause for the damage. If you get impatient and scrape it off, this can leave white spots and damage your nails. Ultimately, if you give your nails a chance to breathe and remove gel properly and you’ll be good.

Is Gel Nail Polish Safe?

Many people are concerned about the affects of using a UV or LED Lamp to cure the gel nails. My opinion is that gel manicures are safe in moderation and are no where near as risky as laying out on the beach in the sun. There are conflicting reviews on the safety of UV Nail Lamps but most dermatologists seem to think it is perfectly safe. There are also safety precautions you can take at home by using Anti-UV gloves.

What is Shellac or Gel?

Many of you are wondering what is shellac? Is it different than Gel? Shellac is the brand name that the company CND chose for their gel product. So shellac and gel are essentially the same thing.

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The Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

The Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Every time i ask some of my friends to do nail care, they always be like: Will it affect the self protection of the nails?

Let’s make it clear first: Nail Caring and Manicure are complete two different things. Nail Caring is to protect your natural nails in a healthy way.

So, whether you prefer manicure or natural nails, it is important to get fundamental care for your nails.

We have picked this ultimate guide of nail caring for you:

Nail Care History

While you’re sitting at the nail salon or filing away on your own nails at home, you probably don’t think back to where it originated. The history of the manicure actually began thousands of years ago in Ancient Egypt and has adapted and evolved to the shapes, colors, and styles that we know and love today.

The very first form of nail care and manicures ever recorded was around 5000 – 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt where women used to dip their nails into henna. These dyed nails were seen as a status symbol and a show of wealth and style considered to have great sex appeal.

Moving forward a while to China’s Chou Dynasty around 600BC and both noblemen and women were known to sparkle gold and silver on their nails.

As we move into more modern times within the last century, we can see the modern manicure as we know it today start to emerge. Around the early 1900s, women had started to experiment with colors, piercings, and other nail art, matching their outfits to their nails and using them as a way to show off their personal style to the world.

In 1955, the fake nail was inadvertently invented by a dentist and his brother as they were trying to fix a broken fingernail with acrylic. From here on out, celebrities and everyday people alike were seen with dramatic, bold, and long nails, which has only continued to evolve with the changes in fashion.

The rise of the nail salon really began to take off in the 1990s, as women were happy to pay money to have their nails professionally done and receive pedicures and manicures regularly.

In the last 10 years or so, though, the range of home nail care products has exploded and there seems to be a trend now towards caring for your own nails to make the practice more personalized, safe, and affordable.

Healthy Nails Signs

first of all, we need to learn the structure of our nails. You might like to take a note of these word which will be used later.

The nails with soft and smooth skin around, nail bed is rosy and nail plate is glossy, not too thin or thick is the sign of healthy nails.

If you have health nails, keep taking care of it: clean nail walls periodically and apply hand cream. Nails are the same to skins, they need moisturizing as well.

Don’t forget to work out. It will reflect one’s physical body condition on nails.

The Benefits Of Manicures And Pedicures

There’s no doubt that the number one reason people enjoy manicures and pedicures is that they make their feet look good, but there are actually a few other benefits that you can get from regularly treating yourself at home to this important nail care.

Fungal Infections

Our feet can be especially prone to picking up fungal infections, especially when they’re exposed to moist conditions. Keeping your feet clean with a pedicure can be one way to prevent it, and paying close attention to any changes in your feet mean that you’ll be able to get on top of fungal infections before they get any worse.

Mental Health

The best way to balance your mental health is to treat yourself to a relaxing manicure and pedicure, and even doing them at home can have the same effect.

Just spending half an hour doing something for yourself can have a huge impact on your mood and happiness, and the improvement in your self-confidence when you see how good your nails look will give you another boost.


Any good manicure or pedicure will feature an invigorating massage that can have great effects on your circulation. Manicures and pedicures can also relieve pressure on your extremities, improve blood flow, and help your body to distribute heat more evenly which can be particularly helpful during winter.

Skin Care

Every day, our hands are exposed to various grime, dirt, and bacteria, so spending a little time each week on pedicures and manicures can keep them clean and hygienic. These processes can remove dead skin cells that trap dirt and give you a fresh and clean surface to start the week with.

Common Nail Problems And How to Avoid Them

Our nails are an important part of our body as they’re there to support our fingers and keep them protected, so it’s not surprise that most of people’s fingernails have some minor problems.

Nails on our feet and hands are exposed to a variety of things that can damage them, lead to infection, and make them vulnerable, so it’s a good idea to have an understanding of the potential issues and how to avoid them.

Nail Ridges

Cause: It is very likely that they are iron, folic acid, protein and some other nutrients deficiency.

Solution: If it is light ridges, it can be gentlely polished and then coated with armor oil. A balanced diet or food with the above nutrients, such as eggs, pig’s liver.

Weak Nails

Cause: Overmanicure, frequently doing nail polish or hydropenia of nails. It may also be a lack of vitamin A (which help to produce protein – an important part of nails) or a lack of vitamin B7 (which helps nail growth).

Solution: Take a rest for your nails, try not to do nail polish for a while. Remember to apply hand cream after hand washing. Eat more food contains those vitamin, such as peanuts, yolk green leaves vegetables and so on.

Splitting Nails

If you find that your nails regularly split on your hands or feet, this could be the sign of a number of other issues. Weak and brittle nails can be caused by everything from autoimmune disease to dietary issues, so anyone who suffers from them should be speaking with a medical professional to determine the possible cause.

Nail Discoloration

Sometimes, nail discoloration can occur on the hands and feet of someone who uses too much nail polish without giving their nails a chance to breathe. A healthy nail should be pink and pale, so if you’re noticing yellow or darker nails then it could be an indication of a nail infection.

Lifted Nail Plate

This can be extremely painful to deal with and it can happen from trauma or an accident which snagged your nail. The best thing to do for a lifted nail plate is to keep it bandaged and covered up, allowing it time to heal on its own.

If you’ve suffered from a lifted nail plate and regularly enjoy manicures, it’s wisest to let that particular nail heal before you do any buffing or trimming that could damage it further.

The Nail Care Essentials Everyone Should Have

Taking care of your nails is serious business, but it doesn’t have to be a lot of hard work.

Although the nail salon boomed in popularity in recent years, people simply don’t have the time or money to spend there each week and so many men and women are now choosing to invest in a few key pieces of nail care equipment to do their own routine at home.

Here are the nail care essentials you’ll need to keep yourself looking great.

Nail Clipper

This is the most common instrument owned by almost everyone, regardless of how much other nail care you indulge in.

A nail clipper is a small stainless steel device that allows you to place the blades on the end of your nail and then push down to trim them off.

For the best results, it’s recommended that you trim in a straight line on the end of the nail so that you can avoid ingrown toes. Some nail clippers come with a metal file attached but it’s best to avoid this kind of abrasive material on your nails.

Nail Nipper

Some people confuse this with a nail clipper, however, a nail nipper is actually designed to work with ingrown nails and the loose bits of skin that you find around your nail. This looks like a small set of scissors but with a gripped handle to keep from slipping. As the skin and nails on your feet is generally tougher, many people prefer to use their nipper for pedicures only.

Cuticle Tool

As we now know, cuticles require delicacy when working with them to ensure that we don’t cut them or do damage to them. A cuticle tool is the best way to get rid of them as it allows you to gently push back the skin and then scrape away the dead cells that are found on your nail. These are usually made of stainless steel and should only be used with a little bit of pressure.

Peeling Knife

For those with extra tough skin, corns, and callouses, you might need to invest in a peeling knife. These are small handheld instruments with a sharp blade on the end that allows you to peel away at dead skin without a fuss.

Commonly used in pedicures for those with more dead skin than usual, they painlessly remove the extra skin before moving onto the next stage of your pedicure.

Nail File

There are a few different types of nail file available but all of them have the same purpose: to shape and fill back your nail and remove tears and sharp edges. Emery boards and metal nail files have been popular for years, however, many people are now looking to glass and crystal nail files for a smoother finish.

Nail Polish

This is one part of your nail care essentials that will be completely dependent on your personal taste. Some people prefer to have a range of colors and styles of varnish where others will prefer transparent polishes made to strengthen nails or prevent you from biting them.

There’s no need to actually use nail polish after a pedicure or manicure, which is the option that most men go for.

Simple Tips For Nail Care

There are literally thousands of unique ways that you can go that extra mile for your nails, and many that you’ll find passed down from friends, family, and manicurists along the way. We’ve compiled some of the best nail care tips and tricks for you to try out at home:

Hydrating Gloves

Gloves can be used a couple of ways in nail care, and both are equally important. Firstly, you should always wear gloves while you’re washing up or doing anything that involves a drying agent.

Secondly, before you go to bed you can lather up with a moisturizer, place the gloves on, and sleep with them. This offers complete hydration and you’ll wake up to new nails and hands in the morning.

Focus On Cuticles

Too many people ignore the cuticles or treat them improperly, but you’re never going to get a clear and clean surface with your manicure if you leave it out. Cuticles are the dead skin on your nails which can be scraped off with ease, leaving a smooth base to paint your nails.

Wear Sunscreen

We often forget how important sunscreen is for our hands as we focus on other areas, but our hands get quite a lot of exposure to harmful UV rays all through the day. Before you leave the house, apply a quick SPF30+ sunscreen to your hands to keep them and your nails healthy and strong.

File With Glass

The days of the tough emery board are over, with people now looking to crystal and nail files to help them shape their nail. These are affordable and durable, lasting well beyond a standard emery board and never losing their sharpness. A glass file is easier to use than a metal file and they can even double as a buffer to give your nails a glossy finish.

Focus On Health Over Length

Although you might want the longest nails in the neighborhood, this usually means they’re the unhealthiest. To keep your nails strong, you’ll want to trim them once a week so that the thinner end of the nail doesn’t get too flimsy. These thinner and longer nails are more prone to chipping and breaking anyway, so you’ll have to cut them down to size eventually.

Check The Labels

You probably don’t think that you have to be careful with the polishes and products that you’re putting on your nails, but some of them could be doing more harm than good.

According to the experts, we should be avoiding anything that contains formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. These ingredients are known to cause breakages and chipping, so you should avoid them completely.

Eat Smart

There are a few things that you can eat that will help to strengthen your nails from the inside out, so if you feel that your nails can do with some toughness try adding them to your diet. Try supplements including vitamin E and fish oil and eating foods like nuts, beans, and fish.

Why Should You Care For Your Nails?

With all of these tips and tricks around, you might start to wonder why it’s so important that we give so much attention to our nails. Sure, they make up such a small part of our bodies overall, but our nails the reason we need to give them regular loving is due to a few reasons.

Firstly, our nails are on show to the world at all times. You might not realize just how much action your hands get, but take note of it the next time you’re speaking with a coworker, buying something from the store, or even working out in the gym.

Our hands are always on display and when you have dirty nails, chipping nail polish, or fungal infections then you can come across as someone who doesn’t care about their appearance or health.

Another huge reason why nail care is so important is due to the all the health benefits it can offer us. As we’ve seen, our nails can be prone to a number of infections and diseases, so giving them extra attention can help us to stay on top of problems.

For many of us, we are even guilty of chewing on our nails or putting our fingers in our mouth without even thinking about it, so you don’t want something dirty and full of germs spreading bacteria to your mouth.

The best thing about nail care is that it doesn’t have to be a big process and it can easily be achieved in the comfort of your home. If you’re someone who feels uncomfortable at the nail salon or just don’t have the money to spend, you can invest in a couple of quality nail care essentials and spend a few minutes a week getting your hands and nails looking their best.

How To Do A Proper Manicure

There’s quite a lot of misconception about the manicure and with so many different types around, people are unsure about how exactly you do them correctly.

The manicure can have quite a few steps to it, but the best thing about it is you can completely adapt it to whatever you want it to be. Here are a few tips on how to do a proper manicure at home:

Spend Time Setting Up

If you’re planning on a full treatment of your nails, it’s best to lay out all of the nail care essentials including a bowl to soak your hands before you get started. This way you can stay in the one spot and give yourself a proper manicure without rummaging around finding bits and pieces.

Give Yourself Time To Dry

Add to the process the time it takes to dry your nails, as many people try to get back on with their day and end up chipping or smudging the polish. There are some ways you can make it dry faster such as dipping your nails into cold water or using a quick dry polish, so if time is important then you might want to try these.

Keep Tools Sharp

Always give your tools a quick look over before you use them as working with dull or faulty equipment can actually do more damage than good. Nails files need to be changed more regularly than other equipment but a good pair of stainless steel clippers should last for many years.

Don’t Go Too Hard

While it might be tempting to dig deep and remove callouses, ingrown nails, and cuticles, the best approach is a gentle one. Our skin and nails are very sensitive and you can do a lot of damage if you don’t take care with the process.

Give Nails A Breather

There are some people who always change their nail polish to suit the latest trends, and while it’s good to look stylish you need to give your nails a chance to breathe every now and then. Try to give it a week between each application of polish otherwise, you could end up with brittle and discolored nails.

The Importance Of Nail Care

There’s no limit to who can benefit from caring for their nails; men and women, young and old, those with lavish lifestyles or people who prefer simpler lives. How you care for your nails can be a completely personal experience and it will depend on your comfort, style, and taste, so there are no hard and fast rules for how you have to take care of your nails.

With more and more reports of bacteria and fungi being found in public nail spas and the rising cost of having manicures and pedicures, there’s been no better time than now to invest in some quality and professional grade equipment for home.

This means you can treat yourself to some nail love whenever you feel the need, and make minor fixes and adjustment as required.

Our hands are the most used part of our body and they’re involved in just about everything we do in life, especially when we communicate with others. It’s essential to look well presented and healthy at all times, and that’s exactly what you can achieve when you take a little time to keep your nails in the best condition.

Looking back on all the nail trends of the past, there’s no telling what trends and styles we’ll see in the future, and how many modern trends like the male manicure will evolve. We’re certain that the world of nail care can only get bigger and better, though, and more people realize the huge impact that a well-manicured nail can have on your overall appearance and health.

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25+ Easily Done Winter and Christmas Nail Art Designs


Let’s face it, at Christmas there are so many things to do so your manicure is often bumped right to the last of the list, if it even gets done at all. We’ve decided to bring you the easy winter and Christmas nail ideas that you can totally recreate at home. And that leaves you with plenty more time to cook turkey, shop for gifts, and find that perfect Christmas day outfit!


On the Autumn Winter catwalks for 2016, short plum nails were a big hit. Not only were they sho
rt, they were rounded too, which many of us would find easier to work with on a daily basis.

If that sounds a little too dull and not very Christmas-like for your liking, add a touch of glitter, just like you can see here. It’s just a little addition, but one that makes the world of difference. And you’ll see be in trend!
Products used: Insta-Dri in Wined Up and China Glaze in Twinkle Lights.

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When it comes to easy winter and Christmas nail ideas, you can’t get much more wintery than these cute blue snowflake designs!
Add your snowflakes and you’re basically good to go. Now all you need to do is hope for a white Christmas!You could opt for an ombre-effect across your nails, which we think is a great idea. The thumb could be dark blue, for example, moving to the pinkie finger, each nail getting lighter in shade, until you get to white.
Products used: Isadora Velvet Matte Nails in Moody Blue and Marble.


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20+ Incredible Black Based Nail Art Ideas

20+ Incredible Black Based Nail Art Ideas

On your black based nail you could try some innovations to match the base color as black is definitely one of the most classic and popular colors.

Opting for a black inspired manicure is a classy and chic option when looking to make a fashion statement with your fingers. Black nails can suit just about every outfit and occasion that it is paired with. There are so many designs that you could choose from and incorporate your black themed nails as well. However, you can try some innovations on your black nails with the use of glitters, beads, or some different nail colors to match the base color.

Take a look at this great collection of 25+ elegant black nail art designs and get inspired for your next nail design idea.

Let’s hit the trend now!
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