Wondering how to do gel nails at home? It’s easier than you might think!
Life gets busy, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time in your day or week to make it to the nail salon. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on having picture perfect nails though. The at home gel manicure tips below will help guide you through the process so that you can get that salon look without a salon trip, including tips on how to make gel nails last longer.
Ready to tackle your nails like a pro? Here’s how to do it.
1. Start with a clean base
The cleaner your nails, the better the gel polish will be able to adhere. Remove any old polish (if you’re taking off an old gel manicure, you can use the same technique they use in the salon: buff, soak, and then gently scrape to get the polish off), and then buff your nails again—this helps remove any impurities. Dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover and wipe it over your entire nail, cuticles and all. Now you should have a clean base for your polish.
2. Pick your polish
The polish that you choose depends on two big factors. One, of course, is the look and shade you’re going for. And the other is based on what supplies you have. If you have a UV lamp at home for curing, you can choose a UV gel, but otherwise use a gel polish that doesn’t require UV light to set.
3. Tackle your cuticles
Could your cuticles use a little work? Soak them in warm water for at least five minutes, and then use a cuticle pusher to push back the extra skin. You can choose to stop there, or you can use a clean cuticle clipper to lightly trim any excess. Be careful not to over-trim (those cuticles are there for a reason) or to cut your skin.
4. Shake your polish
This step is important, since polish ingredients and pigments can separate when a bottle is just sitting in a cabinet. Gently shake the polish bottle up and down a few times to combine ingredients and ensure you get a smooth and pigmented polish when you start to apply.
5. Prep your station (and your nails)
Gather everything you need before you start. If you’re using a UV gel, you’ll need to get your lamp ready to go, as well as the base coat and top coat that accompany your polish. If you’re using a non-UV curing polish, you’ll just need to get your base and top coat.
To prep your nails, dip a q-tip in a small amount of petroleum jelly and apply it around the outside border of your nail bed. This way, if you mess up during application you don’t have to worry about staining your skin.
6. Get to polishing!
Apply your base coat and then start with your polish. Short strokes and thin layers are best, starting from the center of your nail and working your way out to the sides. Apply two to four coats depending on the look you’re after. Then apply at least one layer of top coat. (If you’re using a UV lamp, you’ll need to cure in between coats, including your base and top coats.
Want to preserve your manicure for longer? Here are a few tips:
Why is it called a French Manicure? Learn more about the history of this iconic look.
Ever found yourself asking why is it called a French manicure? Like French fries, French toast, and French dressing, a French manicure seems like such a distinctly American trend, even as its name suggests otherwise.
French manicures — which are a popular choice for both fingers and toes — are one of the most common requests at nail spas and salons. This classic option is ideal for those who are interested in a professional yet distinguishing look, and are a mainstay for weddings and other special events since the basic white and pinkish nude pairing goes with anything (and especially a white wedding dress).
If you’ve ever wondered about the French manicure origin, however, you’re not alone. Keep reading for a quick lesson into the history of French manicure looks.
It may be called the French manicure, but this trend actually has its roots in 1970s Hollywood. Jeff Pink, founder of the ubiquitous nail polish company Orly, is credited with coining the name in 1978, though it was cosmetics kingpin Max Factor who is believed to have invented the look itself all the way back in the 1930s.
The “French” connection here is due to Factor’s claim that he first created the manicure for fashion forward women in Paris. It was Pink however who created he first French manicure kit and took the look mainstream. Pink also said that it was his practice of painting the trend on Parisian women’s nails that led to the term.
Disagreements over the name’s true origin aside, it wasn’t long before the French manicure took over in Hollywood — and eventually across the U.S., and then the world. Interestingly, France itself borrowed the name when they adopted the look, calling it la French manucure.
Now that we know where the name comes from, what are French tips actually, and how do you achieve this classic look?
French tips refer to the white polish on the tips of the nails, above the base of the nail which is traditionally painted in a pinkish nude tone. The look is meant to provide a more bold replication of nails’ natural colors, though today you’ll see French manicures in a wide range of shades that certainly look anything but natural.
To achieve a picture perfect French manicure, most manicurists rely on French tip guides in order to achieve as clean of a line as possible between the base of the nail and the tip. After applying a base coat, the guides are applied and then white is painted on the tips and a pale shade on the base, followed by a top coat. And just like that, a stunning and simple French manicure is complete.
Putting a modern twist on a French manicure is a great way to create some seriously showstopping nails. Here are some ideas on how to do it.
At Gel-Nails.com, we’ve got everything that your nail spa or salon needs to provide clients with a timeless French manicure. Shop base coats, top coats, and polish shades, plus nail accessories and supplies. We offer products from the industry’s most trusted brands, plus fast and reliable shipping everywhere in the world.
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Taking care of your cuticles require three important steps: soaking them in warm water, applying a healthy layer of oil, and lathering on some hand lotion. Following these instructions should be enough to prevent bacteria and damage from spreading throughout the delicate tissue.
Proper cuticle care is very important. This clear layer of skin serves a crucial function, protecting bacteria and fungus from building up in the nail bed and serving as a safe barrier for new nails as they grow out from their roots.
Keeping your cuticles—and the area around them—clean and moisturized is key, both for preventing infection and for providing your nails with a healthy space to grow. Well cared for cuticles are also necessary for facilitating nail growth and keeping your nails strong.
Taking care of your cuticles is actually quite easy. Follow the steps below for cuticles that look great and are best suited to doing their job.
Soaking your cuticles in warm water makes them softer, and thus better able to absorb care products. Like manicurists do at the salon, fill up a small bowl with warm (not hot) water and soak the tips of your nails for at least three minutes. To make it more of a spa experience, put rocks or marbles at the bottom of the bowl before adding the water.
Take your favorite cuticle oil and gently massage it onto each cuticle. Cuticle oil provides plenty of much needed moisture, and in addition to making your cuticles look healthier, it can also help protect against future damage. Most cuticle oils also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help heal any existing issues.
Finish up your cuticle care by applying a gentle lotion to your hands and paying close attention to the nail bed when rubbing it in. This will add additional hydration, and also help prevent hangnails.
Note: If your cuticles are looking unruly, dip a cuticle stick into cuticle oil and use it to carefully push your cuticles back. Do this after applying oil all around the cuticles and before applying lotion to your hands.
For the healthiest cuticles possible, use cuticle oil daily, even if you’re not soaking your nails first (though do follow up with lotion, because that’s probably something you do regularly anyway). If you live in a humid climate where moisture in the air likely keeps your nails well moisturized already, you may be able to apply cuticle oil every other day or just a few times a week. What’s important is that you find a frequency that works for you and that you stick to it.
Shop our extensive inventory at Gel-Nails.com for all of the products that you need to keep your cuticles healthy and strong. We offer affordable pricing on the industry’s most trusted cuticle care products, including those from CND, Gelish, OPI, Essie, and more. Enjoy fast and reliable shipping everywhere in the world so that your nails can always get what they need.
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There are six major types of pedicures and each one offers different styles, looks, and elements to nail design and coloring. The biggest types are standard, gel, French, athletic, spa, and mini. Below, we’ll go into more detail about each variation and what you can expect from them.
Summer is pedicure season, but there are lots of ways to get feet sand and sandal ready. Learning about different pedicure types is a good way to ensure that you can offer your clientele a full range of techniques, and also ensures that your nail salon or spa staff doesn’t get caught off guard by a client asking for a pedicure style they’ve never heard of before.
With pedicure services in high demand, there’s no better time than now to go over all of the different types of pedicures. Here are six you need to know.
1. Standard Pedicures
A standard pedicure is probably what comes to mind for most people when they think of foot pampering. Generally, this treatment starts with a warm foot bath and a gentle scrub. From there, nails and cuticles are trimmed are moisturized, and nail polish is applied. Many salons offer additional services with a standard pedicure, such as a short foot or shoulder massage.
2. Gel Pedicures
The process for a gel pedicure is quite similar to that of a standard pedicure, however long-lasting gel polish is applied to the nails instead of traditional nail polish. A UV light is used in between each coat to harden the polish and set it into place. Because gel polish dries upon setting, additional moisturizing treatment is generally applied at the end of the service.
3. French Pedicures
Like a gel pedicure, a French pedicure follows much the same process as a standard pedicure, with the differences coming in when it comes time to paint the nails. French pedicures usually consist of a neutral base and a white tip, though some clients choose to mix it up with bolder or brighter colors for the base and/or tip—especially in the summertime.
4. Athletic Pedicure
Clients who regularly engage in sports like running, dance, or tennis often require a bit of extra TLC on their toes. An athletic pedicure tends to be gentler than a standard pedicure, and may consist of extra soaking, moisturizing, and massaging, as well as some light buffing around calluses.
5. Spa Pedicures
A spa pedicure is a truly luxurious experience. In addition to standard services, spa pedicures boast additional treatments such as warm foot wraps and exfoliating scrubs. There is typically also a more robust foot massage included. Some salons choose to elevate the experience of a spa pedicure with aromatherapy or extra perks like chocolates or a glass of champagne.
6. Mini Pedicures
Clients who are in a hurry or who get regular pedicures may not be in need of a full standard pedicure service. Mini pedicures provide much of the same benefits without a lot of add-ons, and may just include some light buffing and trimming and then a polish application.
Whatever types of pedicures you’re offering, you need to make sure that you have the right supplies. At Gel-Nails.com, we offer a massive inventory of pedicure supplies and polishes, with fast and reliable worldwide shipping so that your salon can get what it needs when it needs it.
For questions or comments, send a note through our contact page or give us a call at 1-888-680-1874.
When it comes to summer nail art, there are very few rules other than keeping it bright and keeping it fun. Unlike winter, when muted, dark shades limit your creativity, summer nail art designs are all about stretching the limits. Eye-popping neon polishes, bold color mash-ups, and trendy embellishments are all on the table. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.
If you’re looking for the hottest nail trends right now, look no further than the six summer nail art ideas below.
1. Beachfront blues. Take a cue from your nearest ocean and paint nails in varying shades of blues and purples. We love an ombre look, but you can also alternate shades by nail. To invoke some true beach vibes, add some gold glitter at the nail base to signify sand meeting the waves.
2. Neon stripes, chevron & polka dots. Go big and bold with neon stripes, chevron, or polka dots painted over a neutral base. The contrast will make the neon really pop, and also makes this look more fitting for those clients who need to take their nails from a Saturday summer fiesta to a Monday office meeting.
3. Tooty fruity. Capture the fresh look of summer fruit in a mani or pedi inspired by some seasonal favorites. Right now we’re seeing a lot of watermelon and citrus nails, though summer’s bright reds are also perfect for painting on strawberries and cherries. Or you could always take it up a notch and embrace the whole summer fruit bowl with different fruits on different nails.
4. Fun with florals. You can never go wrong with florals, particularly in the summer when plants and flowers are in full bloom. Orchids, lilies, peonies, and birds of paradise all lend themselves exceptionally well to summer nail art, but we’ve also seen clients rocking some flowering cacti and exotic underwater flowers. Since you’ve got the entire color wheel at your disposal, it’s an opportunity to really turn nail art into, well, art.
5. Here comes the sun. Let the sun shine on with bright manicures in summer oranges and yellows. You can’t quite get away with these colors as much during cooler months, so summer is the time to give them their full glory. Do a coat of yellow and use orange to paint rays coming up from the nail base. Or turn a traditional French manicure on its head with an orange base and yellow tips (or vise versa).
6. Finger lickin’ good. For nails that look good enough to eat, we recommend playing around with summer’s best treats: ice cream and popsicles. There are very few limits to how to incorporate these, but we recommend bringing in some embellishments to make them really pop, such as a red gemstone for the cherry on top of a sundae, or gold foil for a popsicle stick. In a word: yum.
No matter the summer nail trends your clients are looking for, we’ve got all of the supplies that your nail spa or salon needs to make them happen. Shop today’s best polishes and acrylic dips, nail art supplies, accessories, and more, and enjoy affordable pricing and fast worldwide shipping on all of our products.
You’ve likely seen no shortage of advice on the best wedding nail colors for brides and bridal parties. And while we’re not here to reinvent the wheel, we are excited to introduce a new selection of wedding nail polish colors from OPI that we guarantee will look perfect with any dress.
The OPI Always Bare For You collection, released in spring 2019, offers six brand new shades designed to complement whatever colors a bride has decided to go with for her wedding. From subtle pinks to smoky gray, the collection features a new take on wedding nail colors—OPI approved and ready to go down the aisle.
There aren’t really any rules when it comes to wedding nails. After all, a wedding is an opportunity for a bride to feel her most beautiful, whether that means she goes for a muted hue or something more eye-popping. Traditionally, however, there have been a few nail colors that have long reigned as wedding go-to's:
Notice a pattern? The most popular wedding nail colors tend to be ones that stand out without drawing too much attention. They’re quietly elegant, relatively unassuming, and effortlessly pretty.
If you’re looking for the perfect wedding manicure shade, then you really can’t go wrong with a pick from the Always Bare For You collection. Each of the new colors offer a tiny twist on traditional wedding nails, and because they’re made by OPI you can rest easy knowing that wedding manicure isn’t going to chip between the moment the bride walks down the aisle and when she clinks her glass for the final champagne toast.
Whether a bride chooses to go traditional with her nail colors or not, you can still have a lot of fun with wedding manicures. Here are five wedding nail design ideas that your salon clients might want to consider for their big day.
1. Sparkle and shine
What better day than a wedding day to accentuate nails with a pop of glitter? Layer silver, gold, or blush sparkles over nails for a manicure that shines as much as the bride does.
2. Glamorous gems
That new diamond wedding band doesn’t have to be the only extra bling on the bride’s hands. Glam up her manicure with the addition of some well-placed gems, such as rhinestones or pearls, for a simple look that packs a big punch.
3. Add a little lace
Overlay lace decaling on top of nails for a manicure that’s as delicate as the bride’s gown. Depending on your skill level, you may also be able to paint this textured look by hand.
4. Metallic tips
French manicures are a mainstay of wedding manicure looks, but how about modernizing the French style by opting for silver or gold tips instead of traditional white?
5. Love and ombre
Ombre has taken over in the nail world, and there’s no reason it can’t be applied to wedding nails. Keep it classy by going for gradients of standard wedding nail colors—even white can be subtly turned into a showstopping ombre look.
Shop Gel-Nails.com for all of the polishes, supplies, and accessories you need to design wedding nails that are truly memorable. And don’t forget to check out OPI’s Always Bare For You collection, available now!
The season’s hottest CND shellac colors are finally here! The CND Sweet Escape Collection features brand new CND colors inspired by the romance of spring, including pastel purple, creamy yellow, and a bold but not brash orange all promising to look as good on their own as they do as part of intricate nail designs.
Like all CND shellac products, the CND Shellac Sweet Escape Collection is designed to do right by nails. All colors in the collection are specially formulated to leave no damage to nailbeds and to come off easily with 2x faster removals compared to other top brands.
The Sweet Escape Collection is a celebration of spring in all its glory, with shades that help welcome in the warmth of the season. But how will you put those hues to work? Get inspired with these five springtime nail design ideas that the new CND collection is perfect for.
1. In Bloom. You can’t talk springtime nails without mentioning floral designs. Bright and bold flowers, winding vines, luscious greenery—it’s all ideal for spring and the natural beauty it welcomes in. Paint a single bloom or paint an entire garden and help nails come out of hibernation and back to life.
2. Easter Eggshells. Easter only comes around once a year, but you can take inspiration from dyed Easter eggs all season long. Play around with subtle pastels accentuated with the dotted designs of robin’s eggs, and add a shimmery top coat for a look that really stands out.
3. Go for a Gradient. Clients who want a spring nail design that can easily transition into the office will fall head over heels for gradients, which feature one color in various shades across the nails. To achieve the look, choose your favorite Sweet Escape color and gradually mix it with a bit of white nail polish to get a lighter and lighter shade.
4. Stellar Stripes. We love the look of stripes on nails, especially when they’re done in pretty spring hues. Achieve seamlessly straight lines with striping tape, and play around with verticals, horizontals, diagonals, and mix of all three.
5. Shimmery Decals. Spring nails are naturally fun and flirty, but why not kick it up a notch with the addition of some shimmery foil decals? Cut out delicate shapes or geometric designs for a pop of something different and unexpected.
Say goodbye to winter once and for all! Shop CND’s new Sweet Escape Collection and get inspired to create sunny spring nails that are a far cry from the dark hues of the previous season.
Browse our extensive inventory of the industry’s hottest seasonal colors and stock up on all of today’s most innovative nail accessories and supplies. We have everything that your nail spa or salon needs for expert, Instagram-worthy manicures and pedicures.
If you have a question or need help finding something specific, send a note through our contact page or give us a call at 1-888-680-1874. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Wondering what nail colors are in right now but aren’t sure where to look? We’ve got you covered. It’s spring, which means spring nail polish colors are in full bloom and it’s time to stock up on all of your clients’ favorites.
You can pull a lot of spring nail inspiration from the Gelish new collection, called The Color of Petals—an appropriate name for the season of flowers. The Gelish new colors are a subdued take on traditional spring pinks and highlight the shades your customers are going to want to reach for first. So when you’re thinking spring nail colors, take a hint from Gelish and go with:
The brilliance of spring is that with summer right around the corner it’s an ideal time to ditch the dark hues of winter and embrace shades that give off warmth and brightness. Gelish’s new collection for example, available in both gel and dip powder formats, is all about colors that enhance the best of spring’s natural beauty.
Beyond just picking out the best colors for spring nails, you’ll also want to have some design ideas in your pocket for the season. Here are three that are as pretty as they are creative.
Spring is all about color, so why stop at one? We love a pastel rainbow, with alternating nails of red, green, yellow, blue, and purple. Take it up a notch by painting your pastels in matte instead of gloss, or make it a little more office-friendly by limiting your colors to just two or three shades.
‘Tis the season for everything to come back to life, so take a cue from earth’s beauty and bring it into your nail designs. Painted or stick-on petals, delicate lines of ivy that span from nail to nail, or perfect peonies glossed over on one nail or all ten each celebrate the very best of spring in unique ways.
We love a good color block. Pair two spring shades together or complement a seasonal hue with a neutral to tone it down a bit. You can color block straight across horizontally or vertically, or mix it up with alternating diagonals.
We make it easy to get everything that you need to provide your clients with quintessentially spring manicures and pedicures. Shop our extensive collection of gel and dip powder polishes (including The Color of Petals from Gelish!), and stock up on all of today’s most useful nail accessories and supplies.
If you have a question or need help finding something specific, send a note through our contact page or give us a call at 1-888-680-1874.
Here’s a question we’re seeing a lot: what is nail dipping? It’s a query that’s been on the minds of both consumers and nail salon business owners alike as nail dipping systems become more mainstream. And while it’s hardly a new process, it’s popularity has certainly started to soar recently.
To help clear up any confusion, we’ve put together this handy explainer on the nail dipping trend, including what it is, how it works, and how you can get started with it.
Nail dipping is a relatively new way to provide clients with a long-lasting manicure. It uses highly pigmented acrylic powders primed with bonding and base solutions and set with a durable top coat to keep it chip-free for up to a month. It’s often referred to as falling somewhere in between a traditional manicure and acrylic nails.
The biggest difference between nail powder and traditional polishes and gel polishes is in its application. Ingredient-wise, it uses the same long-lasting binding chemicals that you’d find in a gel polish, just in a powdered form. In many ways, it’s more similar to traditional polish than gel, since it’s set with a top coat instead of a UV lamp.
Dip manicures are incredibly simple, and a good option for clients who don’t want to sit around for the hour or more it might take for a quality gel or acrylic manicure. Here’s how it’s done:
Step one: Previous polish is removed and nails and cuticles are trimmed just as they would be for any other manicure.
Step two: Nails are buffed to remove natural oils and shine and help the powder better adhere.
Step three: A bonding solution is applied, followed by a base coat.
Step four: Fingers are dipped in the nail dipping powder. The powder is designed to only adhere to nails and not fingers, so even though the entire top of the finger is pressed down into the powder it’s only the nail that takes on pigment.
Step five: Color is sealed with a high-quality top coat that prevents chipping.
Unlike gel polish, nail dipping powder sets without the use of UV light. The specially formulated top coat is enough to keep the polish in place for up to four weeks.
Similar to gel polish, removal requires soaking for a set period of time. The length of time required for soaking depends on how long the nail dip manicure has been in place, and can take up to 30 minutes.
A nail dipping system contains a bonding solution, base coat, nail dipping powder colors, and a top coat.
Well groomed nails are a reflection of an individual’s dedication to both appearance and health. The hectic life schedule of women nowadays makes pampering nails quite difficult. While maintaining beautiful nails can be quite a time consuming, it's very important. Fortunately, there is a perfect solution to this problem- a good nail polish. The best nail polish can transform your dull nails to beautiful ones in just a few minutes.
Nail polish or nail color is a product that can be applied on the nails. It's available in many colors and different quantities. While both aging women and young girls love to color their nails, the product is quite popular among the young generation. Recently, gel nail polish has become one of the most loved beauty trends in the industry!
With so many options available when shopping for a nail polish, choosing the best one can be quite overwhelming and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are a few ways to narrow it down and help you pick out the perfect nail polish for any occasion.
IMPORTANT QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A NAIL POLISH
If you are on the lookout for a good quality nail polish or nail color, all you need is to look for a few important characteristics while shopping. Always keep in mind that the price and brand name of the nail polish is not necessarily the quality indicator. So, it's better to keep a close eye on the following qualities:
THREE QUICK TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR
Want to choose a nail paint color that will make you feel great? Follow these tips on how to do that:
One of the most important things you should keep in mind when discovering how to choose the best polish colors involves your skin tone. There are few constant rules applied when choosing the nail polish depending on your skin tone. For example, dark nail polish colors look best on fairer skin, dark colors fare well with medium skin tones, and darker skin tones can apply about any color.
If you want to choose the perfect nail polish color, take a look at the biggest trends. As previously mentioned, Recently, gel nails are gaining popularity in the everyday life of almost all types of women. They are available in a variety of designs and vibrant colors. If you are a gel nails lover, find great deals on Gel Nails for OPI Gel Nail Kit.
The color of nail polish you choose must be determined by the ongoing season. You can choose a better option if the decision goes with the time of year. Summer is a great time for hot colors, while winter season calls for darker colors.
To conclude keep the above-stated points in mind when shopping for the best nail polish. You can also shop from us at GelNails.com and get best deals for OPI Gel Nail Kit and other nails and skin care products.
Winter season is already here! You must be well aware that you need to change your skin care regimen to help protect it from the extremely cold temperature. But, did you know that your nails also need special care during freezing cold as well? Besides the main culprits: hot showers, washing clothes, using harsh nail polish and nail polish removers, there are many factors causing your nails to chip, break and peel.
However, apart from just enjoying the most-awaited season of the year “winters”, it's also important that your nails and skin remains unaffected during this time. If you are clueless about how to maintain gorgeous winter nails, fret not, we at Gel Nails are here at your disposal. In this blog post, we have listed a few tips you can follow to keep your nails beautiful and happy during winter.
USE GOOD MOISTURIZER
It may sound strange but, this winter season, just like your skin, your nails will need a good moisturizer too. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer repeatedly can make your skin and nail dry quickly. That’s the reason it's advisable to moisturize your skin as well as your nails after every wash. Try using good quality moisturizing lotions or natural oils such as coconut or almond.
SAY NO TO TOXIC NAIL COLORS
Most of the nail colors typically contain very harmful chemicals such as camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, just to name a few. Fortunately brands such as OPI, ESSIE and IBD make some nail colors that free of toxic chemicals. If you love nail colors, then you should definitely try Essie gel polish colors. Started in 1981, Essie has become of the most preferred nail color brands in the world. However, when purchasing a nail color, make sure to read the label carefully. So, if you are looking for best deals for Essie gel polish colors? Shop from Gel Nails. Com.
BASE COAT IS NECESSARY
Before applying a nail paint or nail color of your choice, begin by applying base coats at least two times. The base coat is worth it - it forms a protective layer on the surface of the nails and prevents them from getting stained and discolored. Also, it makes the nail color look more beautiful on the nails. So, the next time when you will paint your nail, don't skip applying a base coat.
Yes, you heard it right and we are absolutely in our senses! Well, you hear this advice mostly during hot summer days, but staying hydrated is as crucial as during the winter season. So, even it's freezing cold outside, make sure you are drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day.
Just a friendly reminder- your nails are not the substitutes for hammers, knives or pliers, so try to be gentle with them. Avoid using your nails to remove batteries, uncover duct tape or for other activities that need other tools to be accomplished.
Follow these amazing tips to get that those beautiful and healthy nails! To get nail and skin care products of your choice, contact us today!
Ho-ho-ho, the holidays are here, and with them, the perfect opportunity to learn how to do Christmas nails that everyone will rave about.
Today’s clients are all about going a little extra with their nails, especially around the holiday season. Starting in November, most nail salons and spas get regular requests for festive Christmas nails, whether it’s for holiday parties, other special events, or just as a seasonal treat. It’s important to make sure you don’t just have all the hottest holiday nail colors, but that you also have plenty of creative inspiration for spectacular nail designs.
Ready to “sleigh” with some holiday nails?
1. Colors of the season. The colors of Christmas are red and green, but there’s a whole world of seasonal nail colors that go above and beyond the traditional hues. Deep purples, shiny golds and silvers, rich navy blue and burgundy, and even white are all excellent alternatives (though you still want to be sure to offer plenty of different shades of the classic Christmas colors). Always make sure you have a wide variety of colors available so that your clients have plenty to choose from.
2. All that glitters. There’s no better time than the holidays to go bold with sparkling glitter polishes. Go subtle by layering a coat of glitter on top of another standout shade, or take it to the next level with a glitter accent nail or an entire glitter manicure. Just like twinkly string lights and sparkling Christmas trees, glitter nails exemplify the holiday spirit and all that makes it shine.
3. Pretty in plaid. For a simple Christmas nail design with a show-stopping effect, paint on a plaid pattern in a traditional red or green shade highlighted with gold or silver accents. As a pattern, plaid is everything that seasonal nails should be—sophisticated, fun, cozy, and creative. Make sure to use gel polish so that the pattern lasts from the office holiday party to opening up presents on Christmas morning.
4. Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree. The holidays are a time for whimsy, and there’s nothing more whimsical than a perfectly styled Christmas tree. Overlay a simple Christmas tree design on top of a white background, using metallics, glitters, and other hints of shine for the ornaments and lights. Like all other Christmas designs, this can be done on just one nail per hand or on each finger for a look that really commands attention.
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If you’re looking for ideas on how to paint Halloween nails your clients will love, you’ve come to the right place.
Halloween is around the corner, and like our other favorite seasonal festivities, the occasion presents near endless opportunities to design fun and creative nails. Fall nail colors lend themselves well to ingenuity, with metallics, deep purples, and glossy reds taking center stage. Halloween nail polish colors in black and varying shades of orange are also in high demand as the sparkle of summer gives way to the coziness of fall.
Because Halloween is all about going bold, nail salons and spas often see an uptick in October of clients looking for original designs. Whether your customers have a specific costume in mind that they want their nails to match or are just looking for some festive flair, Halloween nails are a hit the whole month long and Halloween nail polish colors are a must.
Need some inspiration? Here are four Halloween nail ideas to wow your customers this month:
1. Go for the gold. Gold is a modern and sophisticated take on the traditional Halloween orange. Use it to paint pumpkins that pop, showstopping leaves and florals, and for added sparkle when detailing more abstract designs.
2. French with a spooky twist. For an understated but effective Halloween nail design, offer a standard French manicure with a festive shade replacing the white tip—think jewel tones, metallics, or even black. Then draw vertical lines between the tip and the base to signify the stitches on Frankenstein’s monster. (If you want to go full Frankenstein, paint the tip green.)
3. Buggin’ out. Embrace our creepy crawly friends by painting unique bug designs on clients’ nails. You can opt for your typical black Halloween spider, or branch out into other bugs. Use gold, silver, and glitter to add unique detailing, and if your client wants to go all out, put some tiny googly eyes on there too.
4. Boo-tiful ombre. For a festive nail that will go well with any costume or personal aesthetic, go for a classic ombre spookified with Halloween colors. Fade from black to gray to white, or gradients of purple and green. It’s an understated but effective way to celebrate the season without going all out.
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Taking a client’s old gel polish off is usually one of the most time intensive parts of a gel manicure or pedicure, but CND is trying to change that with their new Shellac Luxe polish. And after testing it out, we can tell you—it really is a game changer.
Here’s how it usually goes: a client comes in looking to get a gel manicure or pedicure. They pick their polish and settle in, but before the process can get started you have to remove any existing gel polish on their nails. Between soaking, scraping, and rinsing, the process can take upwards of 20 minutes, and the mani or pedi hasn’t even started yet!
Shellac Gel Polish from CND offers a better way. Brand new CND Shellac Luxe can be removed in just 60 seconds—10x faster than standard gel polishes. The gentle and efficient shellac removal process won’t damage nails, and the polish itself boasts a 14+ day wear and comes in 65 amazing shades.
So what do speedier polish removals mean for you? Happier clients, more efficient service, and the ability to accept more clients. It’s a win all around.
It’s the unique chemistry of CND Shellac Luxe that makes it so much easier to remove. The polish features an open cross-link structure that allows the remover to permeate faster down to the natural nail, gently easing the color coat off of the surface.
The removal process is super simple for technicians of all skill levels. We’ll break it down below.
1. Start with a clean slate. Before you begin, have the client wash their hands with soap and water, then thoroughly dry them off.
2. Massage. Give client’s hand a gentle massage with CND’s COOLBLUE hand cleanser. This refreshing, water-free cleanser will smooth and soften hands before the polish removal.
3. Wrap fingers with CND Foil Remover Wraps. Wrap all ten nails, starting with the pinky. For each nail, saturate the cotton side of the foil remover wrap with CND’s OFFLY FAST, then place the cotton pad under the free edge of the nail and tightly wrap it around. Squeeze the wrap to ensure a tight fit.
4. Wait 60 seconds. Once all nails are wrapped, set a timer for 60 seconds. That’s all the time it will take for the remover to work.
5. Remove wraps. Use your thumb to firmly press the top of each nail and slide the wrap up and off. Twist and massage the wrap as you remove it to ease off polish. If any nails still have a significant amount of polish remaining, re-wrap and wait another 60 seconds.
6. Gently remove any leftover polish. The foil wraps will take care of most of the polish, but if any remains use an orangewood stick to push polish in direction of nail plate growth. You can also use a dry sponge.
7. Clean, and done. Dampen a lint-free pad or a stiff manicure brush with CND’S OFFLY FAST and clean off nails for a totally polish-free nail bed.
Check out the new CND Shellac Luxe Gel collection, and start discovering the benefits of fast polish removals. You’ll never know how you did it any other way.
In the vast and growing market of nail enamel, UV nail gel is a new addition. It is different from the more common acrylic nails. While acrylic nails are a way to extend nails, simply creating fake nails, UV nail gel is a kind of durable nail paint. However it requires a careful application. The process consists of UV light and can damage nails or cause infection if not applied with proper care.
Here are a few things about nail gel you need to know :
UV gel is of two types : soft gel and hard gel.
While soft gel is simply used as a nail paint, hard gel is a nail building and sculpting gel. Soft gel simply dries up when cured under UV lamp. Hard gel, on the other hand hardens up and creates a thick layer over the natural nail and thus can be used as an extension. It is a kind of alternate to the conventionally used acrylic fake nails. While the gel hardens under the UV light, it may cause some sensation since it is tightening over your natural nail.
Why Nail Gel?
Nail gel is a better alternate of both regular nail lacquer and acrylic nails. While regular nail paints are susceptible to chipping, losing its shine easily, soft UV gel lasts longer and does not crack or chip away. On the other hand, as an alternative of acrylic paint, it is strong and yet flexible and this is more comfortable and gives a natural look.
How To Apply
Applying a UV gel isn’t too difficult but you still need to be careful. We recommend professional help to apply UV nail gel. Although you can do it at home, a little carefulness never hurts.
To apply UV nail gel, first clean, shape and buffer them properly.
Push the cuticles and apply oil or vaseline so that they don’t soak the gel.
Apply UV base gel and cure it under the UV light.
The apply UV nail polish and cure under UV lamp again.
Finish it by applying the UV top finishing gel and curing that too.
Although nail gel is an efficient alternative to normal nail enamel, there are things you should be careful about. The UV lamp used for curing the gel nails can be harmful to your skin if exposed for a longer duration. However, following the instructions carefully and using sunscreen can help protect your skin. Besides, you can also opt for LED lamps instead of UV lamps which is a safer option.
Nail gels can dehydrate your nails. But a little vaseline or your favourite nail hydrating serum can easily solve that.
you may be tempted to buy cheaper low quality gels since nail gel is expensive and However, good quality gel would stay on longer. Moreover, the low quality gels use toxic ingredients and thus can be very dangerous to your health.
Trying to figure out what are fall colors for nail polish so you can be sure to stock the right shades for your clientele? Look no further than OPI Peru, a collection of new OPI colors that offer the perfect picks for autumn nails.
Summer is almost halfway over, which means now is the time to start purchasing the colors your clients will be asking for once the leaves start to change. (Yep, that’s the way it works in the fashion and beauty world!) At Gel-Nails.com, we sell wholesale nail polish to spas and salons so that they always have affordable access to the hottest picks from the world’s most renowned brands. No matter where you’re located or how big your budget is, you’ll be able to find everything that you need to keep your salon well-stocked and your clients happy.
Fall is all about celebrations of warmth. Deep reds and oranges, smoky neutrals, and even the pinks of the slowly fading wildflowers exemplify all that is so beautiful about the world as it says goodbye to the brightness of summer and hello to the cozy hues of autumn.
Ready to take manicures and pedicures to the next level? Peru, the newest offering from the OPI 2018 collection, is a trendy array of shades that everyone should have in their salons this fall. It features twelve new crème shades, all inspired by the exotic vibrancy of Peru. You’ll find colors representative of Peru’s sandy dunes and famous colorful fabrics, as well as the dark oranges and reds of the painted buildings that shimmer under the hot Peruvian sun. The new collection perfectly captures the magic of Peru, with both classic and unique hues that promise to shine.
Like all OPI collections, Peru’s gel polishes boast superior staying power that just won’t quit. They’re easy to apply and cure, easy to remove, and make nails look as fabulous on day ten as they do on day one.
The time to stock up for fall is now, and we’re your go-to place if you’re searching for where to buy OPI nail polish wholesale online. We offer a wide array of wholesale gel and lacquer polishes, and we’re constantly updating inventory to reflect what today’s discerning clients are looking for. Search wholesale and bulk nail products and accessories, including the brand new OPI Peru 2018 Collection.
We’re here to help you make sure you have everything that you need, no matter the season, trend, style, or mood your clients are looking for. Help them achieve the exact look they’re going for and separate yourself from the competition with exceptional nail products that always promise to shine. Search by brand, product category, or best sellers and find exactly what you need to offer perfect fall nails all season long.
Get shopping today so that you’re ready for fall nails. Shop OPI’s stunning Peru collection and browse all of our other collections for the shades you’ll need next season.
Are Gel Nails Manicure Right For You?
The gel nails trend has been a hit for quite some time and it’s going to stay here. The reason why women are loving this manicure is because if its stay time. The minimum time a gel nail stays is about two weeks. The gel nail manicure is sealed or cured under uv lights through uv nail lamp. As a result you get strong beautiful polished nails which needs no drying time and the shiny manicure stays for weeks.
What are gel nails?
The innovative technique uses effective products which do not chip. It is a regular manicure treatment except that they use exclusive nail product to give you a lasting nail art. Just like any other manicure, you just head to the salon. Sit back and relax in a chair while the nail artist removes any traces of the previous nail paint and gets started with your gel nails manicure. There is a range of nail paints and styles available that you can do with your nail paints.
Can CND Vinylux Be A Nail Polish Game Changer
What is CND Vinylux
Vinylux is the newly developed type of nail polish that functions without the use of a base coat on the nails. It is often regarded as the weekly nail polish and it gets more durable on coming in contact with the natural sunlight. It comes equipped with the newly devised patent-pending prolight technology which is developed with a very strong network of polymers. While the ordinary nail polishes get deteriorated and start losing their shine, CND vinylux gets more and more durable with the same. It gets dried up naturally and leads to an extremely flawless finish and the prolight technology makes it useful for the users of CND shellacs. This is the type of nail point that ensures that you nails will never ever let you down.
Different trends have been changing in the past few years and of them happen to be the nail polish trend. There are multiple types and shades of nail polishes known so far but none has been able to satisfy the needs of human beings to the fullest. There is always one or the other issue with the nail paints and a major problem is that the nail polishes do not last for very long. People keep searching for nail polishes that are long lasting enough and if you too are one of those who are looking for a long lasting nail polish then here’s a list of five most long lasting nail polishes for you.
Summer is coming up, and with it, requests for bright and colorful summer nails. At Gel-Nails.com, we offer wholesale nail polishes and supplies so you can start stocking up now on the new summer nail colors and collections your clients will be seeking out during the year’s hottest season.
Nothing is more suited for a summer manicure or pedicure than gel polish, which is a pro at standing up against sun, surf, sand, and anything else that summer throws its way. From the business professional to the sun-loving beach goer, the new CND Boho Spirit collection has all the fun shades your clients are looking for, including summer nail polish colors that fit every mood, event, and style.
The perfect summer nail is bright and effortless, and can easily make the transition from day to night or from the office to the pool. It’s the time of year when you stop getting requests for subdued shades and start getting requests for the bright oranges, yellows, turquoises, and more that define the colorful nature of the season. So guarantee that you’re giving your clients what they want, and be sure to offer the fun colors they’re sure to be asking for.
When it comes to nail colors, summer is all about being bold. Bright white is already a big hit this year, but we’re also seeing a lot of fun pastels, eye-popping pinks and reds, and shiny metallics. These summer trends are celebrated in CND’s new Boho Spirit collection, which features four shades your clients will love: a pretty peach, sunrise-inspired yellow, stunning red, and brilliant orange. Make sure to order these shades in bulk—we’re pretty sure your clients won’t be able to get enough of them.
The four shades in CND’s Boho Spirit are inspired by Bohemian style. They’re both colorful and glamorous, unconventional and exotic. They’re also the ideal shades for achieving that perfect summer look, which is why nail spas and salons are getting their orders in early.
Summer allows us to be our most free selves, liberated from the confines of gray weather and heavy overcoats. When helping your clients choose shades for their summer nails, urge them to think outside the box and try out colors that shine bright and make a statement. You can pull inspiration from anywhere you choose, be it the colors of a summer sunset or the various hues of a sandy beach.
Are you ready the summer nail wave? Stock up now by searching wholesale and bulk nail products and accessories, including the awe-inspiring Boho Spirit collection from CND. We offer everything that you need to provide your clients with the exact look they’re trying to achieve. Separate yourself from the competition and embrace the beauty of summer with new colors that exemplify the very best of the season. Search by brand, product category, or best sellers and find exactly what you’re looking for to offer perfect summer nails all season long.
Collecting multiple shades of nail lacquer is almost every girl’s desire and why not? These trendy and elegant shades not only bring joy but also makes you more confident whilst interacting in any social gathering. Nail lacquers plays important role to give your look a great finish and all-put-together. Gel-Nails keeps on introducing new shades for its customers to make them them feel happy and important.
There are enormous nail polish shades you would love to own but some of them never go out of trend and will always be in your priority list. Here are some of the nail polish shades you would love to apply on your nail and give a trendy makeover:
DIY Gel Nails at home
Gel nails take the entire beauty of manicure to the next level. Their popularity is also based on the factor that it is way more durable than a regular manicure. The only limitation is that they cost you anything between $25-120 depending on the salon and area. Also, nobody got time to go out and spend time and money to get a manicure done (except for special occasions, of course!). Now you can sit down in your room with Netflix and get your beautiful gel nails while saving a lot of moolah at the same time. What else anybody can ask for? Right! So let’s dive directly into the process which will give you beautiful drool worthy nails.
Nail art is the ultimate love of almost every woman in the 21st century, it is used majorly for the purpose of creation of beautiful designs and creatives. If you are a nail art person and make use of cnd nail polishes then this is the ideal blog for you. Mentioned below are some of the major types of nail art brushes.
1. Striper/Liner Brushes
Striping or creation of long lines on the nails is a major fashion trend these days and it is maintained in the best possible way by using the striper or the liner brushes. These brushes are ideal for making animal patterns on your nails like that of tiger, cheetah or the zebra print. These brushes help in creating straight lines without much of a hassle. A kit of striper or the liner brushes are available in the market possessing 3 different brushes.
Manicure and pedicure are the must in the high pollution that we face everyday. It gets very essential to clean and beautify our hands and more specifically our nails. There are some of the major manicure mistakes that most of us have been committing since ages and some of them are mentioned in the next section.
1. Applying thick coats of nail paints
It is the usual habit of most of the individuals to apply two, three or even more coats of nail paints. Doing this will not only make the nail paint look untidy but it will also make you nail paint finish more vulnerable to smudges. In order to make you nail paint look tidy and clean very carefully apply just one master stroke.
What are UV gel nail paints?
One of the best alternatives to nail paints is UV gel nail paints. These paints such as ibd nail polish have much durability of more than two to three weeks (and no chipping) upon proper application. In the recent years, UV gel nail paints have earned a lot of popularity among women. These are the first preferences first when it comes to manicure tips that last long considering the time constraints that clearly bothers all of us.
The UV gel nail polishes change from semi-liquid to solid state after they undergo a curing process. The paint may take several minutes to set on your nails when it is exposed to ultraviolet lamp. It is essential to understand and implement the right curing method, otherwise the gel nail paint will never set and harden.
OPI is queen of the crop when it comes to nail polish, and for good reason. The first OPI polish collection launched in 1989, a 30 shade assortment that became a fast favorite among professional nail artists and at-home beauty aficionados. Today, the brand continues to reign supreme, producing over 55 million bottles of polish every single year. There are always hundreds of OPI nail colors available, meaning you can achieve any look, mood, or style you’re going for, any time and every time.
Our love for OPI nail lacquer goes beyond just an appreciate for the brand’s longstanding history and shining reputation. Time after time, OPI has embraced creativity and brought new ideas, technologies, and standards to the beauty industry, setting the bar just a little bit higher for everyone else.
Right now, we’re especially digging two of OPI’s most recent collections: Infinite Shine and the new spring/summer 2018 Lisbon collection. Both encapsulate OPI’s commitment to not just quality polish but going bigger and bolder than the competition. And we can’t get enough of it. Here are three big reasons why we love them (and why you should too!).
1. Powerful, long-lasting wear. OPI gel polishes are designed to last. The OPI Infinite Shine collection is a professional three-step lacquer system that makes it as easy to apply a long-wear polish in your home as it is to get it done at a salon. The polishes in the OPI Infinite Shine collection (there are more than 150 of them) last for up to 11 days and don’t require light to cure. Just apply the primer, paint on the color of your choice, and cover it up with the glossy top coat. And voila! Almost two weeks of chip-free, ultra-shiny polish.
2. Shades on shades on shades. We’ve mentioned it already, but you really can’t talk about why OPI is so great without stressing just how many colorful polish options they have. A lot of polish companies skimp on their color options or make certain polishes available only in one formula. But OPI knows that people who love beauty also love options, and they make their many shades available in a variety of styles. The Lisbon Collection alone, which features 12 stunning hues, is available in Infinite Shine, gel, and regular nail lacquer.
3. Global inspirations. OPI’s new spring/summer 2018 Lisbon Collection is inspired by the capital of Portugal, also called the city of seven hills. It’s not just the shade names that are inspired by the city, but the shades themselves (and their associated hashtags), which are based on Lisbon’s food, art, fashion, and general vibrancy. Lisbon is known for its charm and eclectic street style, and OPI perfectly captures these nuances in their collection. It’s part of the brand’s more general dedication to not just taking inspiration from around the world, but truly celebrating the beauty and culture of unique locales.
OPI nail polishes are for the beauty lover who always wants the best. Shop OPI nail polish in bulk or by the bottle in our shop, and find the shades that help you express yourself boldly and smartly.
5 reasons to opt pastel nail colors this season
Pastel colors are now the trend setters in nail colors. They are becoming a viable alternative when it comes to making the daily manicure choices. But what makes them perfect for everyday makeover? We never fail to experiment when it comes to choosing the right manicure product. Acrylic nail products are the choice of nail geniuses who are unbeatable at manicure experimentation.
Here are a few reasons to why should you opt pastel nail colors this season and we are sure you will want to get your nails done by making a choice from hundreds of pastel shades after this.
7 Common Nail Polish Mistakes To Avoid
Most women have faced issues while polishing their own nails because it is not always an easy attempt. One doesn't need to be a professional to do a good job painting your their nails but avoiding some common nail paint or polish mistakes can be helpful. Mistakes like using old nail polish to polishing your nails right before from going to bed.
Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is how we learn from these mistakes, right? Here is a list of few common mistakes summarised for you when it comes to polishing your nails.
Vinylux Nail Paints: Answer To Your Weekly Fashion Perfection
Are you a fan of nail paints? If a closet full of nail paints brings an instant smile on your face, then you are at the right place. There are so many brands out in the market which promise moons and stars on your nails, with the best quality nail paints, but how to be assured of all these claims? Now you can be, there is brand just for you if you are a nail polish fan. So have you heard of Vinylux nail paints yet, this is one product that will solve all your queries about “how to get the perfect nail polish look”. Want to know how it does that, read along.
1. Seven days stay formula
Vinylux nail polish is not just regular polishes, it comes with the self- adhering quality that makes it stick the nails without any base coat. Also, the top coat by Vinylux comes with a ProLight technology which makes it last as long as a week without any peeling or chapping. So now you do not have to go back every second or third day to apply another coat to keep the nail paint intact. Less is more with this one.
Winters are approaching and it is the grand time for Christmas and New Year Celebration. A time for holidays, family time and a time to flaunt your wardrobe and nails with inspiring and beautiful nail art designs using vinylux nail polish at Christmas Parties.
The colors used during Christmas is based on snow colors and the colours in vogue will be Red, White, Blue, Grey and Black. Buy these colours for your wardrobe and be ready to design your nails with beautiful arts.
7 Amazing Nail Care Tips for this winter
Yes, winter is round the corner. Are you ready to have your favorite winter food? Sip a mug of hot coffee? Read your favourite novel in the cozy bed? Aww! These are some of our winter desires but what people hate most about winters? Skin dryness, do you know that not only your skin but your nails also need special care during winter? Besides the normal routine work: taking hot showers, using harsh removers sanitizers, washing dishes and clothes, the wind. the extreme cold and indoor heating can dry out your nails results in breaking of your nails, peel and chip.
These amazing nail care tips will definitely help you to get beautiful nails in a short span of time.
Why You Should Groom Your Nails Regularly
Nails are made of layers of protein which is called keratin. They are made of dead cells just like your hair. We are always concerned about how our nails look but their hygiene and grooming is equally important. Nails protect your fingers and toes. Sometimes, the hygiene of the nails determine your health. Therefore, they are an essential part of the body and worth caring for.