April 8, 2016

How-to Shellac At Home

So this Christmas I finally did it! I got all my own stuff to do my own Shellac nails at home. I love shellac but don't like paying for it. Shellac finally gives this nurse who washes her hands ALL THE TIME a way to have less chipped nail polish.

Want to do your own shellac at home? Here is what you will need.

LED Light:
So I did go between LED and UV. LED is becoming the way to go. I got this one here.

Shellac Base and Top Coat:
I purchased this one because I like the brush, it has less globbing than other brands and when you apply all coats, you want thin layers!

Shellac Nail Colors:
I buy all sorts of brands based on the colors I like. Oh and you can use non-shellac nail colors and even glitter. (See Below)

Rubbing Alcohol and Typical Mani tools
The usual suspects!

How to Shellac:
1. Shape and prep clean nails as you normally would (ie. file, push back cuticles, etc...)
2. Soak a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol and cleanse each nail.
3. Paint each nail with a thin coat of Shellac Base and let dry under LED light for 1 minute (there are settings on most lamps, one setting is fine)
4. Paint each nail with Shellac color and let dry under LED light for 2 minutes. Side note, make sure you are detailed, if you get any on your skin or cuticles it can hurt and peel off more easily once completed. 
5. If needed repeat step 4. If not, apply Shellac top coat and let it dry under LED light for 2-3 minutes.
6. Use alcohol soaked pad to get off tacky top layer after top coat and ta-da!



How to Use Regular Nail Polish Colors:
Follow steps 1-
Paint each nail with the shellac top coat and let it dry for 2 minutes under LED light. Use alcohol soaked pad to get off tacky top layer.
Paint each nail with non shellac nail color and let it dry completely.
Once fully dried, paint each nail with shellac top coat and let dry under LED light for 2 minutes.
Rub each nail with alcohol soaked pad to get off tacky top layer and there you go!



How to Glitter Nails:
Follow steps 1-
Paint each nail with shellac top coat ad sprinkle fine glitter over (Martha Stewart makes a good, fine glitter) and put in LED light for 2 minutes.
Paint each nail with another top coat and put in LED for 2 minutes.
Rub each nail with alcohol soaked pad to get off tacky top layer and you are done!



Now I am not a nail expert so if anyone is, feel free to chime in with any tips or tricks.
I just know this works for my nails and budget.

What are some of your favorite nail colors?
Do you do your own shellac/gel nails at home?

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