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Gel nails: do we fall for it or not?

Gel nails: do we fall for it or not?

An impeccable manicure for several weeks? This is the promise of gel nails. Everything you need to know before getting started.

We recommend that you use the adequate manicure and pedicure set to take care of your nails before applying any decoration on your nails.


Gel nails are obtained with a gel varnish, also called semi-permanent varnish. This gel polish is a little thicker than a classic nail polish and dries only under a UV lamp in order to quickly set the material and thus obtain a long-lasting hold. The gel hardens and then forms a protective and colored shell on the natural nail. Depending on the preferences of each, the gel can be applied directly to the nail, or on artificial capsules attached to the end of a too short nail for example. After two to three weeks on average, the natural nail appears at the base. Small flat, those who have naturally soft or brittle should avoid the gel under penalty of further weakening the matrix of the nail.

If the gel manicure is generally carried out in an institute by a beautician, it is now quite possible to find a semi-permanent gel-finished varnish in stores such as the Infaillible Vernis Gel Duo ranges from L’Oréal Paris or Gel Couture d ‘Essie. Be careful, these varnishes just bring a gel effect to the nail, dry in the open air and do not require any UV lamp. This type of varnish will therefore be less resistant and less thick than gel nails placed in a salon. It usually lasts a week without addicts.


As explained above, gel nails are often done in a salon. Gel varnish is applied in the same way as a traditional varnish, respecting the basics of a manicure: a protective base, two coats of color and a top coat to protect the varnish and prevent yellowing of the nails. Only step to add: drying under the UV lamp after each coat of varnish applied. While applying the gel polish, be careful not to touch the cuticles and the skin around the nail with the gel polish. If this happens, the varnish is immediately removed with a wooden stick.

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