How to Apply Your Own 2 Week Gel Manicure!

Give yourself a gel (2 week) manicure! The supplies cost me under $100 on amazon - it paid for itself after 2 applications! And I find the gel polish much easier to apply then regular nail polish...

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How to Apply Your Own 2 Week Gel Manicure!
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Start with clean nails. Make sure to rinse with warm water and NO soap. TIP: You also may want to nip or push back your cuticles so you have a good surface to work with :)

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File nail to the desired shape and LIGHTLY file the entire surface of your nail.

File nail to the desired shape and LIGHTLY file the entire surface of your nail.

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Be VERY CAREFUL not to overdo it or your nails will become very weak and break very easily! You only need to rough up the surface a little bit so the polish has something to stick to.

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Dust off nails and spray with rubbing alcohol..    Doing this will make sure your manicure lasts a full 2 weeks! The alcohol removes any oils & residue that could cause the polish to peel off early...

Dust off nails and spray with rubbing alcohol.. Doing this will make sure your manicure lasts a full 2 weeks! The alcohol removes any oils & residue that could cause the polish to peel off early...

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Any rubbing alcohol works but it is best to one as close as possible to 99% isopropyl alcohol.

Any rubbing alcohol works but it is best to one as close as possible to 99% isopropyl alcohol.

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Apply bond-aid ph balancing agent to the entire surface of each nail.

Apply bond-aid ph balancing agent to the entire surface of each nail.

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Place nails under UV light for about 30 seconds to ensure they are completely dry.

Place nails under UV light for about 30 seconds to ensure they are completely dry.

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Just a tip - The lacquer can be a little messy (its sticky), so I suggest you go through all the steps on one hand and THEN repeat on the other hand. I'm a righty so I start with my right hand...

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Apply axxium gel base coat with a clean brush.

Apply axxium gel base coat with a clean brush.

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A little goes a long way :)

A little goes a long way :)

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I start by applying a tiny amount to the nail to outline where I want it to go. Then I go over it with a small drop of the lacquer (about the same amount you would use if applying regular nail polish.

I start by applying a tiny amount to the nail to outline where I want it to go. Then I go over it with a small drop of the lacquer (about the same amount you would use if applying regular nail polish.

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Made a mess? No biggie! if you get any "outside the lines" aka on your skin, you can just wipe it off! Saturate a paper towel with alcohol and use it to clean up the area around your nail :)

Made a mess? No biggie! if you get any "outside the lines" aka on your skin, you can just wipe it off! Saturate a paper towel with alcohol and use it to clean up the area around your nail :)

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Place nails under UV light for 2 minutes. (**The time may vary depending on the light. Mine is just a regular, fairly cheap lamp with 2 18w UVA light bulbs.. Stronger lamps = shorter curing times).

Place nails under UV light for 2 minutes. (**The time may vary depending on the light. Mine is just a regular, fairly cheap lamp with 2 18w UVA light bulbs.. Stronger lamps = shorter curing times).

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Don't forget to clean the brush! Spray the brush a few times with alcohol and then gently rub off the excess lacquer... Repeat until clean :)

Don't forget to clean the brush! Spray the brush a few times with alcohol and then gently rub off the excess lacquer... Repeat until clean :)

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Choose a color and apply gel lacquer... (I'm using OPI axxium "Cajun Shrimp")!

Choose a color and apply gel lacquer... (I'm using OPI axxium "Cajun Shrimp")!

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Start by using your toothpick to stir the lacquer... With some colors, the pigment tends to collect on the bottom so make sure you mix it good!

Start by using your toothpick to stir the lacquer... With some colors, the pigment tends to collect on the bottom so make sure you mix it good!

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Apply a small drop of gel lacquer to the surface of your nail.  Less is more - the key is to apply it evenly*** PS - it's okay if it looks a little streaky, this is just the 1st coat ;)

Apply a small drop of gel lacquer to the surface of your nail. Less is more - the key is to apply it evenly*** PS - it's okay if it looks a little streaky, this is just the 1st coat ;)

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Don't forget to clean up around the edges with alcohol if you need to...

Don't forget to clean up around the edges with alcohol if you need to...

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Place nails under UV light for 3 minutes (times vary by light). TIP: try to keep your fingers flat so that the lacquer doesn't harden unevenly.

Place nails under UV light for 3 minutes (times vary by light). TIP: try to keep your fingers flat so that the lacquer doesn't harden unevenly.

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Repeat step 18.. Apply a small amount of lacquer evenly to your entire nail ... Clean around the edges if necessary :)

Repeat step 18.. Apply a small amount of lacquer evenly to your entire nail ... Clean around the edges if necessary :)

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Place nails under UV light for 3 more minutes.

Place nails under UV light for 3 more minutes.

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Now is a good time to clean your brush and put the cover back on the lacquer... :)

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Apply Soak-Off Gel Sealer...

Apply Soak-Off Gel Sealer...

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Again, less is more!  TIP: I've found that the design of the brush makes it a little tougher to apply "less" so I always make sure to wipe off the excess into the bottle before I apply it...

Again, less is more! TIP: I've found that the design of the brush makes it a little tougher to apply "less" so I always make sure to wipe off the excess into the bottle before I apply it...

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Place hand under UV light for 4 minutes this time!

Place hand under UV light for 4 minutes this time!

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Once you remove your hand, spray your nails with alcohol and wipe off!

Once you remove your hand, spray your nails with alcohol and wipe off!

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Repeat steps 10 through 27 on your other hand! TIP: If you got some lacquer or anything else on your other hand (I almost always do), make sure to clean it off with alcohol and re-apply bond-aid :)

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Polish stays on for 2-3 weeks... If they get a little dull after the 1st week or so, freshen them up by applying another coat of the gel sealer (top coat). Remember to cure under UV light for 4 min :)

Polish stays on for 2-3 weeks... If they get a little dull after the 1st week or so, freshen them up by applying another coat of the gel sealer (top coat). Remember to cure under UV light for 4 min :)

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