1. For the next 24 hours after applying gel nail polish don't submerge your nails in hot water. Wear gloves when doing washing such as washing the dishes and your hair with medium temperature water. Hot water will lift the polish off your nails and cause chipping.
2. Don’t buff your nails after you file them. Filing creates a rough surface, allowing the gel to stick better. Buffing reverses this effect by making the surface smooth again (which will cause the manicure to not last as long).
3. Don’t apply hand cream before or during the gel application process. The oiliness will cause the gel polish to not stick. You can apply hand cream after you are finished. Also, do not use cuticle oil when you have a gel manicure – some oils will reduce the shine of a gel manicure.
4. Don’t apply the gel on or too close to the skin. If you get gel on your skin, use the cuticle stick to remove it before curing. Curing gel on your skin will affect the lasting and make it come off easier).
5. Work finger by finger, completing each nail before moving on to the next one. It’s important to cure each nail immediately after painting (to reduce the amount of time the gel is in contact with air). This will lead to the best result.
6. Close the bottle of gel polish when not in use, and while you are waiting for each curing cycle, if possible (or at least set the cap over the bottle while you are curing to minimise the amount of air and light that enters the bottle). This will prevent the gel from drying out, as gel reacts to both LED light and also natural light. Avoid having the LED lamp shine directly on an open bottle of gel, which will also dry out the gel.
3 Important Tips
1. Be sure to file both the edge AND the surface of your nail. This allows the gel to stick better and therefore last longer.
2. Wipe the nail with nail polish remover/acetone (make sure it doesn't have vitamin E or other oils) to remove the dust and natural oils so the nail polish adheres better to the nail.
3. To help prevent your manicure from chipping cap those tips! Run the brush along the nail tip to cover the whole tip with the polish.
4. Be sure to wipe the brush against the rim of the bottle to remove ALL the gel. The brush should have almost no gel polish on it when you apply the first layer. Gel polish is much thicker than regular nail polish so it needs to be applied very thinly at first.
5. The first coat of gel must be VERY THIN. This is the most important tip!! If it is too thick, it will not cure (dry) completely under the light and it may easily chip. Also, if is too thick, the gel can feel hot under the LED light.
And Voilà, you now have salon-finish gel manicure!