Gel nails always look stylish and the annoying nail care and manicures are also eliminated. More and more people are choosing to add artificial fingernails to their hands. We’ll show you how you can do it yourself at home.
There are many reasons why people choose gel nails. Some would like to enhance their hands purely visually, while others focus on the advantages of hygiene and nail care. But one thing is certain: once they are attached, gel nails save a lot of manicure work and the nails always look chic.
Artificial fingernails also offer completely new possibilities for people with sick natural nails. Gone are the days when you had to be ashamed of brittle, discolored or unhealthy fingernails. But healthy people also consciously decide to take this step and decorate their fingers with bold colors and small pictures.
THIS IS HOW YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE GEL NAILS
Gel nails consist of three layers that are individually applied to the finger. Each layer has its own function. The adhesive layer fixes the gel nail on the natural nail and gives it hold. The overlying build-up layer gives the nail consistency and is designed in different ways as desired. The top layer seals the nail, protecting its decoration from damage.
The individual layers must cure under UV light before the next layer can be applied. This is also an essential difference to acrylic nails, which are air-hardening and therefore have to be applied particularly precisely within a very short time.
GEL NAILS ARE THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR BEGINNERS
There are different types of artificial fingernails. The fact that gel nails are very popular is due to the fact that they are very easy to model and the recipe does not stink. That is why gel nails are particularly suitable for beginners who want to try their hand at manicure at home and have no experience.
Gel nails are applied to natural fingernails in several layers. It is often difficult for amateurs to obtain a uniform layer thickness and to distribute the material evenly on the nails. Therefore, before you start, you should be aware that gel nails are not very resistant – despite their noticeable thickness. If you do a lot of manual work, you should rather use acrylic nails. However, you cannot easily divide these up yourself.
You should also know that gel nails are firmly attached to your natural nail. Therefore, if you want to remove your gel nails again, you have to wait until they completely grow out. Alternatively, you can sand it down, but this is not that easy and often leaves damage to the natural nail even with professional support.
ARTIFICIAL FINGERNAILS: THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED
Before you can get started, you will need a few utensils:
a UV lamp for curing
the glue tips and the different UV gels for the three layers
a brush that is suitable in size and hardness for the appearance of gel nails
if necessary, decorative colors or glitter to design your gel nails
Additional tools such as a tip cutter are not absolutely necessary, but they make the procedure much easier. If you want it to be quick, buy a gel nail starter set . Such a package contains all the materials you will need.
APPLYING GEL NAILS: HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT
First of all, prepare your nails by carefully pushing your cuticles aside with a cuticle pusher or similar household tool. Now remove cuticle remnants from the nail with a careful scratching motion and clean your nail so that it is dust-free and the gel nail can later adhere well. Lightly buff your nail with a rasp, sanding block, or sandpaper. This is how you remove the natural layer of fat. Make sure not to touch your nail anymore and thus potentially contaminate it again.
Now bring the nail tip (tip) on the front of your finger and trim it to the desired length. Use a tip cutter if you have one. If necessary, scissors or a nail clipper will do the same.
In the next step you apply the primer as an adhesive layer on your natural nail. Very important: only coat the nail and not the tip with it. Apply the layer as evenly as possible all over the nail. If you have very sensitive nails, you can apply a more dermatologically compatible primer beforehand.
When you’ve applied the first coat, let it dry under the UV lamp for a minute or two. Then move on to the second layer. The build-up layer should be a little thicker. Before you let it harden, you should take a closer look and touch up if necessary. Then wipe it off with the cleaner and file the edges even if necessary.
Now it’s time to design your nail with colors and designs. When you are done with it, you apply the sealing layer (finisher). Let it dry and wipe off the yellowish dispersion layer.
And your gel nails are ready! If you have sensitive skin or are wearing gel nails for the first time, it makes sense to use nail cream to care for your nail now.