One of my favorite (and most unique) gifts I have ever received was my shellac manicure set from my mother- and sister-in-law. If you have been living under a rock and still haven’t heard of shellac, it’s a fairly new process which uses a gel polish that is cured using UV lamps and is referred to as “the no-chip manicure” because it can last for weeks without chipping! Most salons have adopted the shellac process and many now offer it for your tippy toes too (which can last MONTHS). Here is a little tutorial on how you can achieve your own shellac manicure in under 10 minutes and save a boatload after just one use.
Yes, it is a little pricey to buy the initial supplies (mainly the UV lamp) but after paying your tip, you are likely spending around $50 for a manicure at the salon anyways so it actually pays for itself in just a couple uses. Also, you save time by doing it yourself and are not exposed to so many toxic chemicals and fumes.
You will need:
1. Shellac Base and Top Coat (Set of 2 $30 on Amazon)
2. Shellac Color of Your Choice (I used Tutti Frutti, $15 on Amazon) You can also use regular nail polish that will last about 1 1/2 weeks.
3. Nail Surface Sanitizer (ScrubFresh $13 on Amazon)
4. UV Lamp ($53 on Amazon)
5. Rubbing Alcohol ($2 at drugstore)
Here are my nails using the Incoco nail appliques from my March Birchbox. I just did my shellac nails as usual (leaving the two nails bare) then just before applying the topcoat I put the appliques on and completed steps 5 & 6 on all nails. The appliques never chipped or fell off and lasted as long as the rest of my manicure!
To remove: Shellac’s greatest advantage of being no-chip is also it’s greatest downfall. When your nails start to grow out or you’re tired of the color, it takes some TLC to get the polish off. I recommend soaking cotton balls in nail polish remover and leaving one on each nail for several minutes before wiping off.
Have you ever had a shellac manicure before?
Let me know what you think about my DIY version,