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Top 5 Things to do for a gel manicure

Celebrity manicures are always prim and proper, completely in vogue with changing trends and season. More often than not, the secret behind their long-lasting, glossy finish nail colors is mostly a gel manicure. They stay spotless and sparkly for about two weeks at least. But, a lot of tools and techniques go into getting it done on your nails.

Gel manicure: Harder, tougher and a tad too costly than the regular manicure treatments.

– Firstly, your nails are cleaned and filed.

– Secondly, a base coat is applied followed by a UV gel based nail polish.

– It is then sealed off with a top coat.

What’s special about gel manicure is that each coating is thoroughly cured under a UV or LED lamp for a long-lasting, glossy effect.

Now, here is a list of things you need to do while choosing gel manicure:

The technique: Gel manicure involves drying your nails under a UV or LED lamp.

Do apply sunscreen on your hands at least 15 minutes before getting a gel manicure done.

Do choose LED lights as they need lesser exposure time over that of UV lights.

 The chemicals: butylated hydroxyanisol (BHA), dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde are few of the many toxic chemicals found in nail polishes.

Do lookout for these list of chemicals in the nail polish label as they are carcinogenic in nature.

The technician: Gel manicure involves filing down your nails. An unexperienced manicurist could do more harm than good while cutting or buffing your nails.

Do choose the right salon and skilled manicurist to do a gel manicure.

Do take your own set of sterilized nail file and buff tools while visiting a salon to avoid the risk of infection.

Well, are you a little too concerned about going for a gel manicure? Then you can try a better alternative to gel manicure. Get the look of a gel manicure with any regular nail polish with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base and Top Coat. Its long-wearing, high shine with a soft texture similar to that of a gel manicure.  Keep your nails safe from harsh UV lamp treatment and toxic chemical-based gel polishes.

  1. Start off by applying a thin, uniform layer of Gel Lab Base Coat. It only takes about a minute to dry.
  2. Then, apply two coats of nail color and allow at least two minutes in-between each coat for drying.
  3. Finally, seal off with a thin layer of Gel Lab Top Coat.

A salon-like gel manicure can be easily done at the comfort of your home. It saves you a lot of time and hassle – traveling all the way to a salon, waiting for an appointment and going through a set of drills, as well. A never-ending to-do list and shopping spree can leave you with no time for a professional salon visit. So, get party ready on this festive season with DL Gel Lab manicure.

Deborah Lippmann