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Gel Nail Polish Application Guide

  1. Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly.
  2. Apply sunscreen to your hands 15-30 minutes before the following Steps. Avoid getting sunscreen on your nails and wipe off if you do.
  3. Using the curved side of the Gelous Nail File, gently push back your cuticles. This provides a clean surface for the gel polish to stick to, while creating longer, more even looking nails.
  4. Using the 180 grit side (fine side) of the Gelous Nail File, file your nails to the desired shape, making sure the edges of each nail are smooth.
  5. Using the 180 grit side (fine side) of the Nail File, gently buff the entire surface of each nail. Make sure the whole nail appears dull (not shiny) from the buffing, paying particular attention to the sides of your nails and around the cuticle, as this is where lifting may occur prematurely if they are not buffed correctly.
  6. Apply Nail Polish Remover to a Lint Free Wipe and thoroughly clean your nails, under your nails and around your cuticles. This removes dust and oils on your nails while dehydrating the nail bed, giving the Base Coat a fresh surface to apply to.
  7. Apply Nail Primer and leave to air dry for 60 seconds. 
  8. Apply a thin coat of Gelous Base Coat to your nails and cap the free edge (view capping diagram here). When applying, leave a small gap between the Gel Nail Polish and your cuticle. Aim to avoid getting any Gel Nail Polish on your skin or cuticle, however if you do, remove it with an Orangewood Cuticle Stick before curing. Cure for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp. Your Base Coat and Colour Coat should remain a little sticky after curing, so that when you apply the following layer it sticks to the layer below.
  9. If you are using Gelous Builder Gel, apply 2-3 thin coats and cap the free edge. Cure after each coat for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp.
  10. Apply 2-3 thin coats of Gelous Colour Coat and cap the free edge. Cure after each coat for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp.
  • Applying Galaxy Gel Nail Polish: 
    • See Colour Coat recommendations for your Galaxy Gel Nail Polish on its product page.
    • Apply a thin coat of Galaxy Colour Coat and cap the free edge. Place the magnet above your nails and experiment for different results. If you aren't happy with the result, wipe off with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover, reapply and redo. Once you are happy with the result, cure for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp.
  • Applying Blooming Gel:
    • Apply a thin coat of Gelous Blooming Gel to your nails and do not cure.
    • Using your desired Gelous Colour Coat and a Gelous Nail Art Brush, draw your design into the uncured Blooming Gel. Allow some time for it to bloom, then cure for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp once you are happy.
  • Applying French Nails:
    • If desired, wipe your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover to remove the sticky inhibition layer.
    • Peel a French Tip Nail Guide from the sheet.
    • Place the French Tip Nail Guide just below the white tip of your fingernail or toenail and press firmly in place.
    • Apply 2-3 thin coats of your nail tip Colour Coat to the area above the French Nail Tip Guide and cure after each coat with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp. 
    • Peel off the French Nail Tip Guide, then touch up with a Nail Art Brush as required.
  • Applying Nail Transfers:
    • If desired, wipe your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover to remove the sticky inhibition layer.
    • Remove the protective film on the Nail Art Transfers.
    • Cut around the design you would like to use.
    • Soak the design in a small bowl of room temperature water for 5-10 seconds.
    • Use Nail Art Tweezers to remove the design from the bowl and separate it from the paper backing. Take care when doing this, as they are very thin so can tear easily.
    • Using the Nail Art Tweezers, place the design on your nail.
    • Use the Gelous Silicone Tool to gently press over the surface, ensuring it is completely stuck down and there are no air bubbles.
    • Let the design air dry.
  • Applying Nail Stickers:
    • If desired, wipe your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover to remove the sticky inhibition layer.
    • Using the Gelous Nail Art Tweezers, gently peel off the Gelous Nail Art Sticker you would like to use. Take your time, as they are very thin, so can tear easily. Make sure to avoid touching the sticky side with your fingers, as this will reduce adhesiveness.
    • Using the Gelous Nail Art Tweezers place the Gelous Nail Art Sticker on your nail.
    • Use the Gelous Silicone Tool to gently press over the surface, ensuring it is completely stuck down and there are no air bubbles.
  • Applying Striping Tape:
    • If desired, wipe your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover to remove the sticky inhibition layer.
    • Using the Gelous Nail Art Tweezers, place the Gelous Striping Tape at the edge of your nail, then roll across, lightly pressing as you go.
    • Cut the Gelous Striping Tape at the edge of your nail.
    • Use the Gelous Silicone Tool to gently press over the surface, ensuring it is completely stuck down and paying special attention to the edges.
  • Applying Foil Gel:
    • Apply a thin coat of Gelous Foil Gel, curing afterwards with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp.
    • Cut out the section of the Gelous Nail Art Foil you want to use and carefully place on your nail with the image side facing upwards.
    • Use the Gelous Silicone Tool to gently press over the surface in a sliding motion, ensuring it is completely stuck down & there are no air bubbles.
    • Slowly and carefully pull off the Gelous Nail Art Foil backing.
    • Apply extra Gelous Foil Gel if needed and re-apply Gelous Nail Art Foil to any gaps.
  1. Apply a thin coat of the Gelous Top Coat (Gelous Rubber Top Coat is recommended for Nail Art) and cap the free edge. Cure for 60 seconds with the Gelous UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp. Your Gel Nail Polish should be hard and smooth after the final cure.
  2. Apply Gelous Cuticle Oil around your nails and rub into your skin to nourish and moisturise.
  3. You have then completed your manicure or pedicure and will have a durable, professional looking manicure that will last up to two weeks!

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