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What Nail Polish Can You Use With UV Light?

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.

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.

Generally Can you use any gel nail polish under UV light? All gel polishes will be compatible with a UV lamp, as they emit a wider spectrum of wavelengths that can cure all types of gel polish. It will indicate on the bottle what type of lamp can be used with the product.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can I use regular nail polish with gel?

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. These combined polishes must be removed by soaking in warm water because the acetone will dissolve the regular polish and stain the nails.

Can I use UV light to dry regular nail 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.

Do nail lamps work for regular polish?

Can you use this with regular nail polish? Yes and no. Regular nail polish won’t cure under these lights. But, if you have regular nail polish on, you can apply a top coat of Shellac or Gel and cure it under the lamp to make your manicure last longer.

Can I use UV top coat on regular nail polish?

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.

Can you cure gel top coat over regular polish?

You should NEVER use a Gel Topcoat over regular polish, here’s why. It takes regular polish a whole 24hours to dry completely; through and through. If, like myself, you are a consistent regular polish user, you will agree that all the quick dry products: Seche Vite Fast Dry, Sally Hanse Insta-Dri, etc.

Is UV lamp or LED lamp better for gel nails?

It takes UV lights anywhere from 8-10 minutes to cure gels, while LED lamps take 30-45 seconds. Second, LED bulbs last much longer than UV bulbs. Typically, UV bulbs must be changed after about 10,000 hours of use. If they are not, they could impede the overall quality of your gel manicure.

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.

Does a UV light dry gel nail polish?

Gel nail polish cures (or hardens) using a UV lamp or an LED lamp. Curing your gel nail polish is easy. All you need to do is apply the polish, put your hand under the lamp and press start. Keep your hand still and wait for the light to go out on your lamp, simple!

How do you do UV gel nails at home?

Apply a very thin coat of the base gel to the nails, avoid applying the base gel polish close to your cuticle. Place your nails under a UV or LED lamp. LED lamp will cure the gel polish in just 30 seconds, or 2 minutes with a UV lamp.

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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!