Simple DIY instructions

Can’t wait until the next visit to the nail salon? Then it’s time to take the buffer, file and brush into your own hands. You can also model chic gel nails yourself at home. Beauty fans will find everything they need in starter sets: from cuticle pusher to the right gels and UV light curing device. And let’s go.

Before the actual modeling can be started, hands and nails must first be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Then the nails are filed into the desired shape, the cuticles are soaked and gently pushed back with a cuticle pusher.

Next, the nail surface is roughened with a grinding and polishing block, the so-called buffer, until it takes on a matt shape. Remove the resulting dust and start applying the gels.

Gel nails consist of at least three layers: the adhesive, build-up and sealing layer. Either you use a 3in1 gel for modeling, which is used for each of these layers, or you work with three separate gels.

The adhesive layer serves as a primer. The gel is applied thinly to the roughened nail with a brush and then cured for two minutes under a UV light curing device. This creates a sweat layer, which must be removed with a cleaner after the time has elapsed.

The build-up layer follows. This is applied a little thicker in the middle of the nail, tapering towards the edges of the nail. Allow this layer to harden under the UV lamp for two minutes and then treat with the cleaner.

Before the last gel layer is applied, the nail can now be optimized again: bumps can be repaired with a polishing file, the nail edges smoothed with a normal file. Then roughen the nail again, remove the dust particles and apply the sealing gel. This should harden under the UV lamp for a full four minutes to give the nail the desired shine. Dry the sweat layer one last time and the DIY gel nails are ready. A nail oil cares for the result.

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