Due to my very hands on side job, my nails have been a wreck lately. Peeling, breaking, dry- just name it and it probably describes in what kind of condition my nails are. I heard that gel polish can really help protect natural nails while they grow out, and although I never thought that I would take that plunge, I decided to do it anyway… at least in part.
The big dilemma is that being a nail art blogger, it’s hard to commit to just one shade of polish for a long period of time. When gel polish is applied correctly, the manicure can last for weeks, and that just doesn’t cut it in the nail art world! As much as I would like to take a bit of a break, I feel compelled to try to produce something at least once a week. So what’s a girl to do?
I thought that a white base would serve my purposes the best. It intensifies whatever color you paint on top of it, so it was a pretty good trade off. Plus I could try out one of my new chrome pigment powders on top of it to give it a pearly look.
With a good gel application, thorough preparation is key. I began by lightly removing the shine from my natural nails by filing the surface with the coarse side of a buffing block. After brushing away the dust, I put on a coat of Nail Tek Step One primer. It is essentially alcohol with some additives, so you can also simply wipe your nails down with rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad. Once the alcohol evaporated, I applied a thin coat of Structure base coat from Red Carpet Manicure and cured it under a light.
I made a jelly sandwich by using regular nail polish over the gel base and sealing it in with a gel top coat. I own one gel polish color right now, but I have hundreds of bottles of regular nail polish, so it would be a shame not to use part of my extensive collection! My white base this time was wild white ways by essence.
Because I was using regular nail polish, I had to wait for a bit to make sure the polish dried fully before I applied gel top coat. I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel Polish top coat for this manicure.
After curing the top coat, I applied my magical shimmery fairy dust, otherwise known as Born Pretty Store Chrome Pigment #585, with a sponge applicator.
I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and cured it. This means that beautiful pearly white gets sealed in until I officially remove my gel polish!
These nails already look fit for a bride, but I jazzed it up with an accent nail by stamping a floral design from Harunouta plate L009 onto my ring finger.
To allow myself the ability to be able to change up my nails, I applied Seche Vite top coat over the stamped nail. The next time I want to paint my nails, I can easily remove only the stamped portion without affecting the base color. This is also a great hack for those who like to stamp because you can erase any bad transfer jobs by using regular nail polish remover with a cotton pad, and you won’t have to start over from scratch.
Photographing how beautiful these nails are was quite difficult as the color changes in different light settings, so I’m humoring you with a few different shots.
Hope you enjoyed this look! Happy polishing!