You will be surprised at how easy it is to do a shellac style manicure at home. All is takes is a little patience and a little practice to get salon quality results.
We recommend using Bluesky Shellac Style gel nail polish as it is both easy to apply and simple to remove with NO damage to your nails, but the instructions given below apply to most professional quality shellac nail polish brands.
What you need
Bluesky Shellac Nails Colour Polish, Base Coat, Top Coat, UV or LED Nail Lamp.
It’s a good idea to have these as well for the professional look – Alcohol wipes to remove residue, a nail file & cuticle pusher. Now you are ready to go…
1. To start with you prepare the nails by filing each nail into the shape you want. Make sure there are no rough edges. Clean well to remove any residual dust
2. Gently push back the cuticles on the nails to expose the nail. Be careful not to push too hard and damage the cuticle
3. Apply a thin Layer of Bluesky Shellac Base Coat to each nail, starting at the cuticle and painting to the tip in even strokes. Make sure that you coat the tip of the nail all the way to the tip of the nail. Continue until all the nails have an even base coat. Do not go right to the very edge of the nail. Leave a 1-2mm gap between the edge of the base coat and the skin. This is important to create a sealed edge later on.
4. Following the instructions for your apparatus, cure each hand for 2 minutes by putting it under the UV or LED Nail Lamp for approximately 30 seconds. ( *always follow the manufacturers instructions). At this point the nails will have a sticky residue. Leave this alone until the final step as it helps the next layer adhering properly.
5. Now you are ready for the colour. Apply your first layer of Shellac Nail Polish in broad, even strokes from just inside the basecoat at cuticle end of the nail to just inside the tip of the nail, so that there is 1 mm of basecoat still left uncovered at tip, at the the cuticle end and the sides of the nail. Do not use a thick cover of color, keep it as thin and even as possible while still covering the surface completely. It is important that you do not go beyond the edge of the basecoat. Keep the edge of the color 1-2mm inside the edge of the basecoat layer to allow the color to be sealed in at the final stage.
6. After all the nails have been painted put each hand under the UV or LED light for the allotted time.
7. Apply the second layer of shellac nail polish in the same way, almost to the tip of the nail but inside the basecoat boundary.
8. Put the hands under the UV or LED light again for to cure the gel polish
9. Finally, apply Shellac Nails Top Coat over each nail, this time going to the edge of the basecoat, covering the basecoat and colour layers completely, but still keeping off the skin and cuticle. This procedure creates a “sandwich” the seals the color inside the basecoat and topcoat. If any of the layers are in contact with the skin, the seal does not last as well, and the nail polish is more likely to chip.
10. For the last time, put your hands under the UV or LED light to cure the nails to let the top coat set properly
11. Wipe each nail gently with an alcohol wipe to remove any sticky residue that remains on your fingers. Ta Da!
How to remove Shellac Nail Polish
You can easily remove shellac nail polish by wetting some cotton wool in acetone, and placing it over the nail. Wrap the tip of your finger and the acetone soaked cotton wool in tin foil to keep the cotton pad in contact with the nail for up to 10 minutes. ( any longer and the acetone will have evaporated and the polish will start to stick again). The Shellac layers should peel away quite easily. If necessary, use a wooden cuticle stick to clean off any excess. Then you are ready to start again ;)