Nail Polish Tips

Can You Cure Regular Nail Polish With Gel Top Coat?

Written by Tara

No, regular nail polish requires air drying, whereas gel polish contains a polymer that must be ‘cured’ by a UV or LED lamp for it to become hard. Regular nail polishes can’t be used with UV or LED lamps and it won’t dry any quicker from being put under the lamp.

In short, you should not apply a gel top coat to your regular nail polish since regular nail polish has a long drying time and gel polish will trap moisture under the top coat. We recommend that you stick with a regular base coat and top coat when painting your nails with regular nail lacquer.

Generally Do LED nail dryers work on regular polish? This 36W UV/LED nail lamp dryer comes with 15 pcs of dual source lamp beads (UV/ LED), which makes it suitable for drying all kinds of gel nail polish quickly and efficiently and not just regular polish.

Here You Can Watch The Video How to Apply a Nail Polish Top Coat | Manicure Tutorials


Similarly, HOW TO APPLY TOP COAT WITHOUT RUINING YOUR NAIL

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can you use gel nail polish as regular nail polish without UV light?

Use Non-UV Gel Polish Yes, they exist. For example, OPI gel nail polish does not require a UV light. It simply goes on like regular nail polish and will dry like normal nail polish. Swipe a base coat on your nails, apply the gel polish color, and apply a top coat.

Can I cure regular nail polish?

Only gel polish can be cured under a UV lamp. Regular polish dries on its own, while gel polish requires a lamp and won’t cure unless it’s sat under the lamp. Use a gel base coat, cure it, apply regular polish and wait for it to dry completely, then use a gel top coat and cure it.

What dries nail polish faster?

Cold air is really the most effective way to solidify the polish faster. If you don’t have a cool setting on your electric fans or blow dryer, try holding your hands in the freezer. I know it’s cold but it’s a great trick and TBH we’ll take any chance to avoid smearing our nails before they’re dry.

Does OPI nail polish need UV light?

Q: Do I really need an LED light? A: Yes! Gel nail polish products which do not require an LED or UV light to cure are not real gel nail products—they are regular nail polish being deceptively marketed. With any genuine gel nail polish (like OPI), an LED light is a must.

Does cold water dry nail polish faster?

‘Yes, you can speed up your drying time by submerging your nails in cold water,’ confirms Michelle. Hooray! She advises, ‘Simply fill a bowl, dip your nails, and wait 3-5 minutes – or however long you can spare! You can even add a few ice cubes to make the temperature cooler.

What is the difference between gel nail polish and regular nail polish?

What’s the difference between gel polish and regular polish? The main difference between a gel manicure and regular manicure is that gel polish needs to be cured using a UV or LED lamp in order to stick to your nails, whereas regular polish adheres by air drying.

Can I mix gel and regular nail polish?

You just need to use the same amounts and mix them well. The way that the gel polish mixture is applied is very different to a normal manicure, but the great news is that you don’t have to wait hours for the polish to try.

Can I use regular base coat with gel polish?

Using a good base coat is more important with gel polish than with a regular nail polish. The base coat is what helps the gel bind with your natural nail, and this will ensure that your gel nails last as long as possible.

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Tara

I am Tara, and I am addicted to nail polishes and other beauty related things!:) Join me on my ride to paradise!