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If you're a nail polish addict or frequent salons on the regular, then you've most likely already heard this year's buzzword "shellac". And for those who have not? Let us explain.

Shellac is a long-lasting acrylic-gel based nail polish that dries almost instantly by curing it under a UV light. The final result is a perfectly smooth and even manicure that gives the impression of fake nails but without the damage that they can cause.

Best of all, unlike regular polish which will chip away after a couple days, a properly done shellac manicure will last for 2-4 weeks even under the toughest conditions!

Are you sold? Right on, now let's get to the fun part-how to apply shellac properly and perfectly. Whether you have your own supplies and are doing your nails at home or are having them done at a salon, these steps are crucial to achieving a beautiful manicure every time.

Supplies

· Cuticle Pushier
· Nail File
· Clippers
· LED Nail Lamp
· Nail Buffer
· Scrub Fresh or Nail Polish Remover
· Base Coat
· Top Coat
· Shellac Nail Color Polish

1. Tidy up Your Nails

Before you even touch the shellac, you'll want to tidy up your hands to make sure you get that "salon fresh" look. Remove any dirt or polish remnants with Scrub Fresh or nail polish remover, hide cuticles with a cuticle pusher, trim any hang nails with clippers, and sculpt your nails into your shape of choice with a file.

2. Buff your Nails

Gently buff away any shine or rough edges from your nails with a nail buffer pad. You do not want to thin or sand down your nails, so be gentle. You just want to make sure that you have a clean and matte surface for the shellac polish to properly adhere to.

3. Apply Your Base

Apply one coat of Shellac UV Base to your hand, and allow it to cure under the UV lamp for 10 seconds. Repeat with second hand.

4. Apply Your Polish

Alternating hands, apply one layer of Shellac Color Polish and let cure under the UV lamp for 2 minutes. Repeat for second coat, and third if color is not yet opaque. Be aware however, that the thicker the layer of shellac is, the more likely it is to peel off.

5. Apply Top Coat

Apply a layer of topcoat to one hand, and let polish cure for 2 minutes under the UV lamp. Repeat for second hand.

6. Clean it Up

You might notice a tackiness to your nails once you're finished. Simply apply some Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball, and wipe off any sticky residue. This will also help harden your nails!

So there you have it, the secret to long-lasting perfect nails!

It might be tempting to skip some of these steps to save time or money-especially if you're using your own supplies-but trust us, if you want a perfect shellac that looks gorgeous and last, you do not want to skimp out .

Source by David L Schiavone

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