I’ve blogged about creating a long-lasting manicure (or pedicure for that matter) before, and I’ve had some requests for a more detailed blog post. So here goes 🙂 I have been mixing normal and gel nail polish to create long lasting, glossy manicures and pedicures for months now. I have been very happy with the results – I get to use all the pretty coloured normal nail polishes that I have and by sealing the nail polish with a gel top coat, I also get a long-lasting and durable manicure.
HOW TO MIX NORMAL AND GEL NAIL POLISH
To get started, here is what you’re going to need:
- Clean nails
- A clear base coat (normal nail polish)
- A coloured (normal nail polish of your choice)
- A clear gel top coat (gel nail polish)
- LED lamp
Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how I created my red manicure by using both normal nail polish and gel nail polish.
It’s as easy as that! As mentioned above, it really is important to allow the normal nail polish to dry properly. If the regular nail polish is not completely dry and you apply the gel top coat, your manicure will smudge. The LED lamp will not dry the regular nail polish – you have to let it air dry. I leave about 30 to 45 minutes between applying the normal nail polish and the gel top coat to allow the nail polish to dry thoroughly.
I am using the Sensationail DIY gel kit’s clear gel top coat and LED lamp – I bought it at Edgars for around R1k and it’s been one of the best beauty investment’s I’ve made. The kit has paid for itself over and over again – just think about how much it costs to have a gel mani and pedi done at a salon or spa. Now, the DIY kit doesn’t seem so expensive anymore now does it? 😉
My manicures last anything from a week to 10 days, and my pedicures even longer. To remove the gel top coat you’re going to have to follow these steps – just follow them carefully and you’ll see how easy it is to remove gel nail polish.
That’s it! Give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think 🙂