Yes, you read right – I wanted to test if you can use normal nail polish with gel nail polish to create a long lasting manicure or pedicure. I recently bought the Sensationail DIY gel application kit and I’m loving it. I only have two colours (both shades of red) in the gel nail polish and a gazillion bottles of normal nail polish. I didn’t want to throw out the regular nail polish so I decided to conduct an experiment. I won’t be blogging about it if it didn’t work so here is how I did it 😉
The Sensationail DIY starter kit comes with a primer and a clear top and base coat gel nail polish. I removed the gel nail polish that was already on my nails (here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove gel nail polish at home) and applied the primer. I then applied a thin layer of the clear base coat and cured it as per the instructions.
I then applied a thin layer of my normal nail polish and let it dry normally (I gave it about 2 – 3 minutes). I applied another layer of the normal nail polish and let it air dry too. Depending on the type of polish you use, you may need to leave the regular nail polish for a little bit longer to dry. If the gel base coat has a gooey surface once you’ve cured it, wipe your nails with the gel cleanser to remove it before applying the normal nail polish. Once your two coats of normal nail polish is dry, apply the clear top coat (the gel nail polish) and cure it for a bit longer than required, about 2 minutes.
After I was done I removed the sticky top layer with the cleanser provided with the starter kit. The normal nail polish I used was a very bright blue from Nails Inc. I love the colour, it’s definitely eye catching.
I am going to try a french gel mani later this week with normal nail polish and I’ll do a post with pictures of the final result. I’m not sure if the pedicure will last as long as a full gel pedicure but I will update this post after a week or two. I’m sure it will work though, especially since you’re putting the normal nail polish ‘between’ the base and top coats that are gel nail polish – so you’re basically sealing ‘in’ the normal nail polish. So, that’s how you do a gel manicure or pedicure using normal nail polish. If you have any questions – ask me in the comments 🙂