The Ultimate Guide to Gel Polishes: Everything You Need to Know

Gel polishes have revolutionized the nail industry, offering a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that traditional polishes can't match. Whether you're new to the world of gel nails or looking to deepen your knowledge, this guide will cover everything you need to know about gel polishes.

What Are Gel Polishes?

Gel polishes are a type of nail polish that requires curing under a UV or LED lamp. They are known for their durability, lasting anywhere from two to three weeks without chipping or peeling. Unlike regular nail polish, gel polish dries instantly under the lamp, meaning you can go about your day without worrying about smudges.

Benefits of Gel Polishes

Long-Lasting Wear: Gel polishes can last up to three weeks with proper application, making them perfect for those who don’t have time for frequent touch-ups.

High Gloss Finish: The shine of gel polish remains intact throughout the wear period, giving your nails a salon-quality look.

Strength and Protection: Gel polish adds a layer of protection to your nails, reducing the likelihood of breakage and promoting nail growth.

Quick Drying Time: Once cured under a UV or LED lamp, gel polish dries instantly, allowing you to move on with your day without worrying about smudges.

How to Apply Gel Polish

Preparation: Start by cleaning and shaping your nails. Use alcohol and lint-free wipe to clean your nails. Push back your cuticles with CUTICLE PUSHER and lightly buff the surface of your nails to remove any shine with our BUFFER. This helps the gel polish adhere better.

Base Coat: Apply a thin layer of base coat and cure it under a UV or LED lamp for 30 seconds. This step is crucial for ensuring the longevity of your gel polish.

Color Coats: Apply the first thin layer of your chosen gel polish color. Cure it under the lamp for 60 seconds and repeat with a second layer for full opacity.

Top Coat: Finish with a layer of DIAMOND or MATTE top coat to seal the color and add extra shine or matte finish. Cure it under the lamp for 60 seconds.

Finishing Touch: Apply CUTICLE OIL to keep your cuticles hydrated.

How to Remove Gel Polish

Removing gel polish properly is essential to avoid damaging your natural nails. Here are three effective methods:

Using Gel Polish Remover:

Apply Remover: Apply a layer of gel polish remover on the nail and wait few seconds. 

Gently Scrape: Use an orange stick or a CUTICLE PUSHER to gently scrape off the remaining gel polish. Do not force it off if it resists; Apply the remover again if necessary.

Hydrate: After removing the gel polish, hydrate your nails and cuticles with CUTICLE OIL or lotion.

Using Acetone:

Soak Cotton Balls: Soak cotton balls in acetone.

Wrap Nails: Place the soaked cotton balls on your nails and wrap them in aluminum foil. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.

Remove Foil: Gently remove the foil and cotton balls. The gel polish should start to lift off.

Gently Scrape: Use an orange stick or a cuticle pusher to gently scrape off the remaining gel polish. Do not force it off if it resists; soak again if necessary.

Hydrate: After removing the gel polish, hydrate your nails and cuticles with CUTICLE OIL or lotion.

Using an Electric File (for  professionals only):

File Off: Use an electric nail file to gently file away the gel polish. Be careful not to file too deeply and damage your natural nail.

Buff and Smooth: After most of the polish is removed, use a BUFFER to smooth out the nail surface.

Hydrate: After removing the gel polish, hydrate your nails and cuticles with CUTICLE OIL or lotion.

Choosing the Right Gel Polish

When selecting a gel polish, consider the following:

Quality: Invest in high-quality gel polishes that are free from harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene. Quality products provide better results and protect your nails.

Color Range: Look for brands that offer a wide range of colors to suit your style and mood.

UV/LED Compatibility: Ensure that the gel polish is compatible with your curing lamp.

Brand Reputation: Choose reputable brands known for their quality and customer satisfaction.

Caring for Your Gel Nails

To maintain your gel nails:

Moisturize: Regularly apply CUTICLE OIL to keep your nails and cuticles healthy.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Wear gloves when doing household chores to protect your gel polish from harsh chemicals.

Touch Up: If you notice any chips, touch up your nails promptly to prevent further damage.

Explore White Diamond Nails Gel Polishes

At White Diamond Nails, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of high-quality gel polishes that cater to every style and preference. From vibrant hues to subtle shades, our gel polishes provide long-lasting wear and a flawless finish. Explore our collection today and experience the difference.

For more tips, tutorials, and inspiration, follow us on Instagram and join our community of nail enthusiasts. Whether you're a professional nail artist or a DIY enthusiast, White Diamond Nails has everything you need for perfect gel nails.


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