Allow me to piggyback off my previous post on how I maintain my nails, I’ve now added in Shellac because despite what you may have heard.. nail varnish definitely does not last! If there anything I do differently now, it’s that I still file my nails in one direction but I then file up on the nail; this seals it and 110% prevents peeling! Also, I never used to trim my cuticles
as i’d heard the worst but now I LIVE for my cuticle trimmer.
So, onto the shellac…
What is Shellac?
Simply put, Shellac is a long-lasting gel manicure. It is cured under UV or LED light and can last up to a month with no breaks, chips or need for extra coats; provided you have healthy nails to begin with!
What you need to know..
- Healthy nails to begin with are a must.
- Regular exposure to UV light can cause age spots.
- It has to be removed carefully with acetone which can dehydrate your nails as well as the skin around them.
- Never peel the polish off; you can peel the top layer of your nail too!
- Shellac polish costs an arm and a leg – no kidding.
- Buffing and cuticle oil will become second nature to you.
- If you are doing it on yourself, it is easier to do one hand at a time.
How does one apply Shellac polish?
- Prep your nails (file, buff, cuticles trimmed etc)
- Apply one coat of the ‘base coat’ and put hand under a UV or LED lamp for 120 secs/2mins
- Apply one coats of the ‘colour coat’ and again put hand under the lamp for 120 secs/2mins
- Apply one MORE coat of the ‘colour coat’ and again put hand under the lamp for 120 secs/2mins
- Apply one coat of the ‘top coat’ and put hand under a UV or LED lamp for 120 secs/2mins
- Use an alcohol wipe to rub the sticky residue left on the nail – and DONE.