Tips For Gel Polish Application
So, you’ve got your Bluesky Starter Kit and you’re ready to start creating gorgeous gel manicures from home. But how do you make sure your gel polish application is good enough for that long-lasting, two-week manicure?
We take you through our top tips for gel polish application to make sure you have all the information you need for stunning at-home gel manicures!
Begin with a primer
Gel polish needs a dry surface, free of any oils, to adhere to your nail and give you that long-lasting, week manicure. If you have naturally oily nails or find that your gel polish isn’t lasting as long as you’d like, try adding a primer into your routine. Primer for gel polish will help to remove any oils still on your nails before you begin your gel manicure to help with adhesion.
Apply a very thin coat of Bluesky Primer to each nail (1 dip in the bottle for all nails should be enough) and leave to air dry for 60 seconds. You can then continue as normal with your Bluesky Base Coat, gel polish colour and Bluesky Top Coat.
Thin applications for each coat
Always use a thin application when applying gel polish. You will need to make sure you avoid touching the cuticle or the skin around your nail, and keeping each coat as thin as possible will help you to control the brush.
Thick layers can also be hard to cure – you’ll need to make sure each coat is thin so that all the gel polish cures under your LED lamp. If your coat is a little too thick, be sure to cure it for longer.
Cap the free edge
Find that your gel polish is chipping after a few days? You need to make sure you always cap the free edge of each nail.
You’ll need to do this for each coat – including base and top coat – with a thin layer. This helps to seal each coat and prevents any chips or lifting for a long-lasting gel manicure.
Don’t let gel touch your skin
Gel polish can irritate your skin if you repeatedly get it on yourself. Always remember to control your application – with the thin coats we’ve just spoken about – to avoid getting any gel polish around your nails.
If any gel does get on your skin, a simple wipe with a Bluesky Cleanser Wipe will easily remove it. Make sure to do this before curing, or the gel polish will be cured onto your skin and become much harder to remove.
Try flash curing
If you find yourself taking time over your application, or you’re getting creative using different colours and nail art, you may find it helpful to ‘flash cure’ each nail as you go. All this means is curing each nail for 10 seconds after applying your gel polish, which will help it set while you continue with the rest of your hand.
Once you’ve finished your whole hand, you will then need to cure for 60 seconds under your Bluesky LED nail lamp for a full cure for all nails.
Take your time
This is especially important if you’re new to gel nails! Don’t rush any steps in the process from preparing the nail to adding the finishing touches. Rushing can mean you apply the gel too thickly or forget to cap the free edge, which will lead to lifting and chipping.
Follow our application tips and take a look our step-by-step guide for how to apply Bluesky gel polish. You’ll be an expert in no time!