I cannot tell you all how much I love Autumn! The crispness of the air, the smell of freshly baked goods, being able to unashamedly wear knee high boots and lace socks…even though right now, in South Texas, it’s still in the high 80s, I haven’t baked anything yet, and it’s too hot for the boots. But, still! I love Autumn when it finally gets cooler here. And, since it has officially begun on the calendar, it’s begun in my heart (I’m just counting down to when the weather hops aboard the Autumn Train).
That being said, even though it’s not cool yet, there’s no reason for your nails to not dress for the part. Behold! Autumn Nails!
If you would like to know how to do these at home soak off gel nails, keep on reading! You’ll need the following:
- An LED/UV curing light (whichever corresponds to your polish. I have the Gelish Mini Pro 45 LED light)
- Something to clean your nails with (I have the Gelish Nail Cleanser, but regular rubbing alcohol works just the same)
- Gel soak off base coat
- Gel soak off color polish – Elegant Wish by Gelish
- Regular gold glitter polish – As Gold As It Gets by Essie [not pictured]
- A makeup sponge that you can throw away
- Gel soak off top coat
- Cotton rounds (or paper towels/anything that is lint free)
Now for the steps!
- Begin with clean nails. Remove any old polish, push back cuticles, trim nails, etc.
- Clean nails with your Gelish Nail Cleanser or rubbing alcohol with a lint free cotton round or any other lint free cloth.
- (Optional) Use a dehydrator on your nails to ensure that all oils are removed. If you have super dry nails, I recommend you skip this step since it dries nails out. However, if you do use it, be sure you follow up with step 10. Also, keep in mind that this step does NOT require curing under the light.
- Once your nails are dry, apply a thin layer of the foundation gel.* Be sure that you do not get any on your skin or cuticles. If you do, immediately remove it because, if you forget to, when you cure the gel, it will HURT!Once you have a thin layer of gel, cure your nails according to your brand’s instructions. For mine, even though the instructions say that LED lights will cure LED gel polish in 10 seconds, there is a guide to follow that says to cure for 45 seconds. I haven’t tried curing it for 10 (I don’t really want to accidentally mess up my entire manicure by under-curing).*I cannot express how important it is to use a thin layer! If you put it on too thick, it will slip off of the nail and adhere to your skin and can get under your nail. When you cure your nails, it will burn and solidify on your skin and under your nails. It will HURT, and it won’t look as nice as it could.
- You should know that after each curing, the gel will still be sticky. It will stay sticky until the last step. This is why I always do my hands one at a time. It doubles the amount of time, but I feel like it helps me keep my manicure neat and tidy. Now, use your color (I’m using the Gelish color Elegant Wish) and paint on one even, thin coat.It may look spotty, but you can add more layers after you cure each one.* *You should know that you MUST cure your nails after every single layer of gel anything (base, color, topcoat).
- Repeat Step 5 until you have reached the desired coverage, curing in between each layer. I usually only do two layers of gel polish. Keep in mind that every layer will make your nails thicker; also keep in mind that you still have one more polish layer and the top layer. Be sure to cure in between each layer.
- Now is when the not-so-gel part comes in. Take your gold glitter polish (I’m using Essie’s As Gold As It Gets) and paint a line on your makeup sponge. Then, gently dab the glitter on the tips of your nails. Be sure you do not smudge the color underneath since, even though it is cured, it is still sticky.
You must let this layer dry COMPLETELY before moving on to the next step. Give yourself about 30 minutes to make sure that the polish is dry. If the regular polish is not dry when you apply the top coat and cure your nails, they will peel in a few day.
- Once the regular polish/glitter is dry, you can put on a thin layer of topcoat. This is a bit thinner than the base coat or color, so watch out for this getting onto your skin and under your nails. It will also solidify when cured. Cure your nails.
- Once it is cured, now you have to toss your apprehension aside and tackle this bad boy. Put some nail cleaner/rubbing alcohol onto a cotton round and wipe off the sticky residue from the gel. If everything has cured correctly, the color should not come off (unless there was some uncured polish hiding on the underside of the nail if you have long nails.) If your nails do mess up, remove the polish and start over (or cry in a corner with a bowl of Blue Bell).
- (Optional) If you used the nail drier, be sure you use this step. Take any cuticle oil and rub it onto your cuticles to restore the moisture that you stripped from them before you began applying the gel manicure. Let it soak for however long you would like.
- Wash your hands, marvel at the astounding smudge-proofness of your brand new manicure, click them together just to be sure that they will not dent (I can’t be the only one that does this…) Congratulations! You have now given yourself your very own Autumn Soak Off Gel Nails!I hope you enjoyed this post! There will be many more to come!Did you see something that interested you? Have a question? Leave a comment down below! Now, go forth and decorate your nails for Autumn!
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