Nail Polish Tips

Should You Use Gel Or Regular Polish For Nail Designs?

Written by Tara

Once you master basic gel polish application, you can also try your hand at nail art. Nail art designs go hand in hand with gel polish, because the long-lasting formula means that your art will last longer as well.

Many people love the gel nails because they last much longer than standard manicures. Gel polish doesn’t chip, so you can keep it on for weeks at a time. You’ll only need to get it changed or removed when your nails grow out too far. If you’re trying to grow your natural nails out, gel is also a good choice.

Generally Can you put nail art on top of gel polish? Yes. Fortunately, there is no real downside to painting on top. The only thing to consider is how it may affect the aesthetics of your nails. With the gel manicure already on the nails, you must be careful not to layer up on polish so much that you end up with really thick nails.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How much do gel nails with designs cost?

The price generally starts around $15-$20 for a standard manicure and can cost up to $100 for a full set of acrylic or gel nails with intricate nail art designs at a high-end salon. The average cost is $45 to $60.

Which is better gel or acrylic nails?

As mentioned above, gel nails are a healthier alternative for the nail than acrylic. They are less likely to cause damage to the natural nail or nail bed. Gel nails also feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic, so if you accidentally hit them against something they are less likely to snap!

Do gels damage your nails?

Although gel manicures can be beautiful and long-lasting, they can be tough on nails. Gel manicures can cause nail brittleness, peeling and cracking, and repeated use can increase the risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging on the hands.

Can you do ombre with gel polish?

The brushed blend technique is the best way to get a perfectly blended ombre using gel polish. All you’ll need are two gel polish colors and a lint-free nail wipe.

What happens if you use gel nail polish without UV light?

Use Non-UV Gel Polish 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.

Can you do nail art with shellac?

Shellac nail art—which is a mixture of normal polish and gel from Creative Nail Designs (CND)—has become a trend. Shellac nails are trending today for a reason and it’s because they’re long-lasting and pretty on the nails.

Can you use nail decals with gel polish?

Answer. Yes, you can embed nail art in gels by completing the following steps. The first step is to prep the nail plate by edging the nail and removing the natural oils from the nail plate. Then apply your bonding agent.

Will nail stickers stick to gel polish?

1. Make sure your nails are clean and dry, before applying stickers. This goes for polished and bare nails as well as gel or shellac. If your nail polish is not completely dry, the sticker may not attach properly or lift wet polish up from the nail.

Can I use acrylic paint with gel polish?

You can use acrylic paint on gel nails once the gel polish is completely cured. Paint over the gel nail and, again, be sure to apply your top coat otherwise the acrylic color will come off fairly quickly.

How much is a gel overlay manicure?

$35 Basic acrylic overlay costs around $25, while a gel overlay costs $35 or more. Nail art can add to the cost, with some designs costing $10 or more. Some nail art overlays only last for a few days, so you will have to replace them regularly.

How much is a gel full set?

UV Gel

Full Set Gel $40/ up
Refill Gel $25/ up
Full Set Gel W/ Gel Polish $55/ up
Refill Gel W/ Gel Polish $40/ up

What is a good price for a gel manicure?

Typically, a gel manicure can cost $5-$10 more than a regular manicure, with a starting price of $35. The removal process is just as important as the manicure itself. Simply scraping or peeling the polish off can ruin your nail beds and cuticles.

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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!