How to use shellac at home?

Shellac allows you to get a high-quality and durable manicure for a long time, and if you buy everything you need and learn how to make a cover yourself, you can save a lot of money and time. Consider briefly what is necessary for such a procedure at home, how to prepare the nails and apply shellac on them.

What you need to prepare?

  • The gel polish set includes a standard set of tools and instruments for a regular manicure: nail polish remover, cuticle oil, scissors and nail files (for coarse polishing and soft nail file), shellac, etc.
  • Lamp for shellac with a capacity of not less than 18 watts. It should be comfortable, with a good, powerful and even color, otherwise the coating will not polymerize.
  • Degreaser, lint-free cloth, alcohol wipes to remove shellac.
  • Base and top coating - they are useful for working with gel polish.
  • Color gel polish
  • Alcohol wipes and means for removing excess

How to prepare nails: instructions

After you have prepared everything for work, prepare your nails for the procedure. Follow this instruction:

  1. Prepare a hand bath to soften the skin and nourish the nails. Oil is useful for cuticles. Then you need to process the cuticle: apply oil that will remove the cuticle, or cut it. If it is very small, it can be moved with a stick, the long one is cut off.
  2. File your nails with a glass file so that they have the perfect shape.
  3. This is followed by a thorough polishing: with the help of a coarse polisher, the shape of the nails is put in order, and the final polishing is performed with a soft synthetic saw.
  4. Clean the nails of dust, which appeared as a result of sawing, with a cotton pad. Treat the nails with a disinfector and wait until the plates are completely dry. Instead of a disinfector, you can use alcohol wipes from the pharmacy.

How to apply shellac: instructions

The technique of applying shellac is indistinguishable from the technique of applying any conventional varnish. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Using a brush, apply one stroke along the edges of the nails.
  2. Place the second stroke on the opposite side of the marigold, and the third exactly in the center.
  3. Next, seal the ends of the nails with a special coating.
  4. Apply a thin layer of base to protect the nails, do not forget to seal the tips. Dry your nails under a UV lamp (one minute) or under a LED lamp (for 12 seconds).
  5. Prepare a varnish: roll a bottle in your palms so that the pigment is distributed evenly over the consistency. Apply a thin and even coat and dry under the lamp for one to two minutes.
  6. Apply a second layer on top of the first to achieve a rich and full color. The second layer will be slightly thicker, but it should still be uniform.
  7. Dry the varnish under the lamp for two minutes.
  8. Apply the top with a sufficiently thick layer and dry under the lamp for a couple of minutes.
  9. After drying, the sticky layer is removed with a napkin. To do this, you can use a special solution, as well as acetone or alcohol.

How to remove shellac independently at home?

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Use cotton pads: each needs to be layered into a couple of pieces and cut in half to form semicircles. In small pieces, you can cut the foil and wrap your fingers to a tight state.
  3. Moisten the semicircles with gel polish remover, and if not, you can use a liquid with acetone or isopropyl alcohol.
  4. Attach the half-disks to the nails so that the solvent does not come into contact with the skin around, because it can be removed with a plastic stick. You can also cut it with a file. If the gel has sat down firmly, the procedure with cotton wool and foil is repeated.
  5. Lubricate the skin with cuticle oil to keep it from drying out.

Thus, shellac can be used at home. The first time may turn out to be imperfect, so you need to train to achieve success, but then you will do this manicure once or twice. Shellac gives a bright and durable color, looks good and keeps for a long time. If you like to paint your nails and you prefer certain shades, gel polish will suit you.

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