Things you will probably need:
Nail Polish remover, nail file, nail buffer, cuticle pusher, cuticle oil, cotton swab, primer, gel, uv light.
*You may also use a bonder instead of a primer if you choose.
When you first get started, you’ll need either a kit which includes all of the basic top and base products or, just a bottle each of base coat, top coat, ph bonder and regular drugstore rubbing alcohol. And a UV drying lamp.
Make sure all your old nail polish is off and your nails are trimmed to your preferred shape.
You may want to push back your cuticles for an even cleaner look, that is up to you.
To do so, you apply cuticle oil with a cotten swab, then gently push each cuticle back with a cuticle pusher.
MAKE SURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER.
Remember, you want CLEAN nails.
Buff all your nails with a buffer, to take away nautral shine, it provides a better surface for the get to stick to.
When you are finished its time to add the primer use long even strokes when applying. Always start top to bottom.
Let primer dry before beautifying, then add an even coat of your uv nail gel, once finsihed put your hands under the uv drying light for about 1-3 minutes.
When your nails are completely dry, add a second coat and let dry for about 2-4 minutes, then a third coat and let dry for about 5 minutes.
When finished with all the layers, use your buffer to fine and shape your nailes and to fix any bumps or bubbles.
Then wash your hands before painting with colors.
If done professionally, this manicure method, when compared to an acrylic manicure looks more realistic.
Choosing to get them done professionally, they will last 10-12 days. They are also more expensive than a regular manicure, but the reults are worth the extra buck!
The starting price is around $25 but can be as expensive as $35.