How to Apply Gel Base Coat

Base coat does not receive as much focus or attention as it should, especially given its importance in nail polish application. It is an essential component in preventing lifting and creating that layer of adhesion between your nail and whatever you put on top of it. Your base coat can be thought of as the foundation for whatever is to be laid or built. It also has a process, one which this article will explain in detail.

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Base Coat Application Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Base coats come in a variety of forms and textures, but they all serve the same purpose. Non-sanding free base coat eliminates the need to overly file or buff the nails. It has a thin texture. This is not to say that you should go in blind, but it does mean that the nails do not need to be roughened up before application. We also have potted base coats, protein bonders, and other sorts. The variety may have a specialised routine, but their application process is still the same. Here are the steps needed for applying a gel base coat:

1.    Cleanse the nails.

The first step is to thoroughly cleanse the nails to remove any bacteria or dirt. For this, use a nail cleanser. After that, gently push back the skin and remove any dead cuticle from the nail plate with a cuticle pusher. This step is critical because it removes dead tissue, exposes more of the nail plate, and results in a more uniform shape. This, however, must be done with caution.

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2.   File your nails.

Following that, file your nails. Clip them, if necessary, before filing. For increased durability, focus on filing the free edges and corners to create a squoval or round shape. Our Japanese file is recommended because it provides the necessary precision while being gentle on the nail plates.

3.   Buff your nails.

The next step is to use a buffer to remove the natural shine and any debris from the nails. Gel adheres best to textured surfaces, and excessively glossy finishes can cause it to peel off. After removing the excess cuticle, wipe it away with alcohol or acetone.

4.   A primer might need to come in.

A primer may be required. Although the nails are alkaline, the polish is acidic. The primer will adjust the ph balance of your nails to more closely match the polish, resulting in a longer and stronger bond. This step isn't absolutely necessary, but it can be quite useful.

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5.  Apply a thin layer of the base coat.

To avoid flooding the cuticle, begin in the centre of the nail. To avoid lifting, leave a small gap between the polish and the cuticle. The eponychium, also known as cuticle skin, is a small white line of skin at the base of the nail.

When you apply polish to your cuticle, it can cause separation as your nail grows, causing the polish to lift. To ensure even coverage, apply the base coat in a back-and-forth motion, making sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies.

This means you apply the base coat to the nail with a brush, starting with a pool in the centre and spreading it outward with downward strokes. To avoid contact with the cuticle and side walls, tilt the nails slightly. Remember to "wrap the tips" for each layer by applying the polish to the free edge of your nail. Finding the right amount of polish to apply may take some practise because you don't want to do too much or too little, but it's necessary for a long-lasting manicure.

Use a UV or LED lamp to cure the base coat. Gel polish does not dry by air; it cures under UV light, so it's best to apply it with the lamp nearby for easy curing. So, by the time you finish applying the base coat to the nails, they are all cured.

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You can then continue with the rest of your manis, adding colour and top coat, and then cleansing your nails again to remove the inhibition layer, which is essentially an uncured gel-one that has been exposed to oxygen. Because the cleansing process can be drying, the best thing to do after a manicure is to massage in cuticle oil to rehydrate your cuticles.

Our jojoba-based cuticle oil works wonders on the nails because the extract is the closest to the natural oils produced; this would be your nails' definition of a spa session.

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