How to DIY Shellac Manicure

Do you ever get tired of your nails chipping just a few days after an expensive manicure? I know I used to, but now after getting shellac on my nail, my manicure lasts up to two weeks!

Shellac manicures are the biggest trend in the nail industry right now. But you don’t have to go to your nail technician to get a professional shellac manicure. You can easily do a shellac manicure on your own nails if you have the right nail polish and an UV light. With just a few easy steps, you’ll have a beautiful DIY shellac manicure that will last up to 14 days.

A shellac manicure will last much longer than if you were using regular nail polish and there’s no drying time! Shellac polish dries instantly under the UV light so you don’t risk any smudging. The shellac polish also adds a layer to the nail, making it stronger and less likely to break.

Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY shellac manicure:

  • Shellac nail polish
  • UV Light Machine
  • A regular manicuring kit

Here are the steps for a DIY shellac manicure:

  1. Pick out your shellac nail color.
  2. Use your regular manicure kit to buff up your nails. Remove all previous nail polish and flakey skin so when you put on the shellac polish it won’t crack or chip.
  3. Now comes the fun part! Start applying the shellac nail polish. It’s just like a regular manicure where you apply a base coat, two coats of the color, and a top coat. Between each step however, you put your hand in the UV light machine for two minutes to bake the shellac nail polish on to your nail.
  4. After you have applied each coat of shellac nail polsh and baked it under the UV light, rub each nail with alcohol to remove the sticky element that accumulates on top of the nail polish.

Now you’re done and shellac-ed! Enjoy your new manicure! You can also watch this video tutorial on how to DIY shellac manicure:

What do you think of shellac nail polish? Would you try it? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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