Nail Polish Tips

Can You Use Regular Nail Polish With LED 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 Can you use regular nail polish with light? No, UV or LED lights are not compatible to dry regular nail polish, so putting them beneath the light will not speed up their drying time. Gel polish, on the other hand, needs to be cured with a UV or LED lamp to harden.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can a UV LED lamp dry regular polish?

The UV light being emitted by the UV lamps does nothing to dry nail polish, but the heat from the light unit itself will assist in drying nail polish. A more effective nail polish dryer would be a heat light with a small fan or some apparatus that has heating capabilities as well as a fan to circulate the air.

Can you put normal nail polish under gel top coat?

Yes.Regular nail polishes can be used with gel top coats. However, this regular nail polish must be completely dry before gel polish is applied.

Can you mix normal nail polish with gel?

If you want to combine regular nail polish with gel, it’s best to seal in the polish with a gel topcoat rather than putting the polish on top of the gel. You can either use a layer of polish with a topcoat over it, or apply a gel basecoat, layer on the polish, and seal it all in with a gel topcoat.

Can you use gel and regular nail polish?

Regular polish and gel polish can be used together on a nail as long as regular polish is completely dry before gel polish is applied and gel polish has to be completely cured before regular polish can be used. However, the durability or long-lasting shine characteristic of an all-gel nail is greatly reduced.

Can all nail polish be cured with UV light?

Though great in many ways, the bad news is LED lamps cannot cure all gel brands, but UV lamps can cure all LED polishes. If you decide to use a UV dryer to cure LED polishes, It may be necessary to decrease the amount of time you cure.

Why isn’t my UV light drying my nails?

If you are using a traditional UV lamp, make sure the bulbs are fresh. You need to change them out every three months or so. It is also possible that you are applying the gel-polish too thick. When gel-polish is applied too heavy, the UV light cannot penetrate through the entire layer to cure it properly.

Can you use a UV gel top coat over regular polish?

With a regular manicure, your drying time at the salon is about 20 minutes, but it actually takes 24 hours for the solvents in regular polish to fully dry. If the solvents aren’t fully dry, then putting on a gel topcoat is going to seal in wet polish. Or the topcoat could just slip right off.

What is the best way to dry regular nail polish?

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.

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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!