There’s no better way to treat yo self then by splurging on a luxurious gel manicure. A little nail art, a few rhinestones, and an on-trend hue give you the same boost of confidence as a spot-on outfit or a really good hair day. Unlike those things, which only last a day or so, a solid gel manicure can last you up to four weeks, if you play your cards right.
You’re probably asking yourself “HOW? My nails usually chip after three days!” Well, thanks to the quick-dry formula, the application process is quicker than regular nail polish and lasts four times as long. That means you’ll have weeks to enjoy your beautiful nail art.
Before you head to the salon, read these top tips from NYC-based celebrity nail artist Miss Pop. She’s done manicures on all the hottest celebs, from Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande to Lucy Hale. Ahead, she spills all her expert tips and tricks for getting the best possible gel manicure and how to make it last extra long. Here’s everything you need to know before getting a gel manicure.
1. Gel and acrylic are completely different.
Acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent. “They’re essentially used to lengthen the nail or provide a stronger top layer over the natural nail,” explains Miss Pop. Think: the crazy-long coffin nails Kylie Jenner is obsessed with.
Sometimes acrylic nails come in colors, but usually they’re clear or natural-toned. Gels, on the other hand, come in nail polish shades, and are made hard by being cured under a UV or LED lamp.
2. Look into different polishes to see which ingredients you feel most comfortable with.
Believe it or not, there are some polishes on the market that are known as “healthier” when it comes to gel manicures. For example, OPI’s GelColor ProHealth Base and Top Coat promises healthier nails and up to 14 days without a single chipped tip in sight.