Gel Manicure Tips!

Hi loves!

Today I wanted to share some of my top tips for getting your gel manicures to last longer! I’m always trying to educate my clients on the best methods to extend the life of their manicure. If you’re tired of your manicure not lasting as long as you’d like, I’ve got some tips for you. Let’s get started!

Prep Work

This is the first step you should be doing with any manicure. Prepping the nails means cleaning the surface, getting rid of any overlapping cuticles, buffing the nail lightly and doing a final cleanse. All of these steps allow you to start with the best canvas to put your polish on. It ensures the product adheres well to the nail’s surface and gets rid of any oils or moisture that may cause the gel to lift too soon.


This is a new step to many people. Dehydrating the nail simply means removing the surface moisture and natural oils from your nail plate. That moisture is enemy number one to gel polish. If you leave any oils on the surface, your polish will lift at the ends in under one week. You can dehydrate your nails by wiping them with alcohol or acetone and a cotton wipe.

Avoid Water and Chemicals

This step may seen difficult at first glance, but it’s actually very easy to accomplish. Gel hates moisture as I’ve mentioned previously. Because of this, it’s important to wear gloves whenever you are washing dishes or doing any household cleaning with water and chemicals.

Nails are jewels, not tools!

This saying is something I struggle to keep in mind myself. Remember that we shouldn’t use our nails like tools to prick and pry at things. Are nails are delicate and even the best laid manicure won’t hold up if you are rough with it. If you take this precaution, you will definitely extend the life of your manicure!

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope you guys found this post helpful. If you have any of your own tips, I’d love to read them in the comments below. Have an awesome day!

XX, Amy


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