The Shellac manicure was introduced a few years ago; and continues to be the most sought after nail treatment available. The Shellac manicure uses your own nails and lasts up to two weeks. The polish will keep its shine and never scratch or smudge. Plus, Shellac removal is simple without damaging your nails.
At a spa, the Shellac manicure can range from $35 and up. However, now it’s easy to buy all the necessary tools for a DIY home manicure. And in the long run, you will save money and have fabulous nails.
Here are the steps to a beautiful DIY Shellac manicure:
-Cut and file your nails to the perfect length.
-Take a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and clean your nails.
-Paint one hand with a very light coat of Gelish Foundation Gel and immediately put hand under the LED lamp for two minutes. (Gelish is a great Shellac product brand. On Ebay, Gelish products are discounted with free shipping through this link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Nail-Care-Polish-/11871/i.html?_ipg=&_from=&_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ssn=salonsupplystore. $12 per bottle of product. Also, LED lamps can also be purchased on Ebay for $22 and up)
-Repeat the foundation process with the other hand.
-Paint one hand with a very light coat of Gelish nail polish. Then place hand under the LED light for two minutes. Repeat process with the other hand. Use this same process for a second coat.
-Paint one hand with a very light coat of Gelish Top Coat and immediately put hand under the LED lamp for two minutes. Repeat process with other hand.
-Again, take a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and clean your nails for a beautiful, shiny look!
To remove Shellac, just place your hands in acetone for 10 minutes and use a cuticle pusher to remove nail polish. (Acetone $2 and cuticle pusher $2 – Sally Beauty Supply®)
Also, organize your nail supplies with the Thirty-One® Mini-Organizer pictured above. ($15 http://www.mythirtyone.com/aburke1)
P.S. Another great idea is splitting the cost of these products with a friend.