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How to apply soak-off gel nail polish

Gel nail polish is super hard and durable. You will need to purchase a kit for this. I am using the Nailene kit for this Snapguide.

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A few tips: Keep all polishes from touching your skin. Go slowly. Don't touch your nail until the very end - you could ruin all your hard work! Bake times are for an LED light.

Wash hands thoroughly before starting. It is always best to start with a clean base!

Wash hands thoroughly before starting. It is always best to start with a clean base!

Clip nails to desired length.

Clip nails to desired length.

Use nail file to smooth edges and shape nails as desired.

Use nail file to smooth edges and shape nails as desired.

Use buffer or a fine nail file to gently buff the shine off nails. Do this lightly! You don't want to damage your nails.

Use buffer or a fine nail file to gently buff the shine off nails. Do this lightly! You don't want to damage your nails.

Wash hands to remove all the mail dust. Dry them thoroughly.

Wash hands to remove all the mail dust. Dry them thoroughly.

Wipe nail with cleanser and a wipe.

Wipe nail with cleanser and a wipe.

Bake for thirty seconds.

Bake for thirty seconds.

Apply a light coat of color. Don't forget to cap the tip!

Apply a light coat of color. Don't forget to cap the tip!

Bake for sixty seconds.

Apply a second thin coat of color. Cap it!

Apply a second thin coat of color. Cap it!

Bake for another sixty seconds.

Bake for another sixty seconds.

Apply a light layer of top coat...

Apply a light layer of top coat...

......Cap it! : D

Bake for a final thirty seconds.

Bake for a final thirty seconds.

All done! Your nail is dry and ready for anything.

All done! Your nail is dry and ready for anything.

The color on real nails!

The color on real nails!

French tip example.

French tip example.

  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Soak-off gel nail polish (e.g.- gelish, nailene)
  • Gel polish base coat
  • Gel polish top coat
  • Gel polish cleanser (to remove tack)
  • Wooden manicure stick
  • Nail clippers
  • UV or LED light