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Have you been wondering how to prep your nails for a gel polish at-home manicure? Well, it's never been easier to get started. For our step-by-step instructions (+ professional tips) on how to prep your nails for gel polish, keep on reading!
To remove traces of polish, residue, and bacteria for a clean, flawless manicure base.
To trim and shape your nails into your desired shape.
To remove cuticles and excess skin for a clear working surface and a more professional-looking manicure.
To remove and push back cuticles.
To gently remove nail dust and other residues.
To file, buff, smooth, and shine the nail.
To prepare the nail plate and create a lasting foundation for gel polish.
To improve color saturation and staying power.
1.Cleanse Nail Surface
To remove all traces of prior polish, dirt, and residue from the surface of the nail, you will want to gently cleanse the nail plate with a nail cleanser. You can dampen a cotton ball or absorbent nail wipe and gently massage the nail bed by pressing firmly from cuticle to nail tip. Wipe each nail clean.
Pro Tip: Our Nail Cleanser is gentle and non-drying. Plus, using it in your gel polish prep routine will extend the life of your gel polish color and boost shine.
2.Trim and Shape the Nails
Smooth away rough edges and create the nail shape you want using a high-quality nail file.
Pro Tip: Have you ever heard of a washable nail file? Not until now. Our unique 100/180 grit (great for artificial or natural nails) nail file can be cleaned and washed for long-lasting, sustainable use.
3.Push Back and Trim Cuticles
For a clear and clean polish base, you'll want to soften and remove cuticles and hard, excess skin around the nail plate. Our instant cuticle remover softens the skin in seconds so you can safely and easily remove cuticles with a cuticle scraper.
4.Wipe Nails Clean
Using a lint-free nail wipe, clean the surface of the nail to prepare for your next step.
Using a buffing block, use designated sides to smooth and shine the nail, preparing it for polish.
6.Wipe and Cleanse Nails (Again)
Apply a layer of our non-toxic Nail Prep Dehydrator and let air dry for 90 seconds.
Pro Tip: You don't want to skip this step! A nail dehydrator is one of the most important steps for a professional gel manicure as it preps the nail plate and creates a long-lasting foundation.
Using a primer as the last step in your gel polish prep routine will help keep your color lasting, vibrant and avoid lifting. Simply apply a light coat on each nail and let air dry for 30 to 90 seconds.
Voila, Your Nails Are Prepped for Gel Polish!