Nail gel touch ups

A major advantage of doing your gel nails at home is that any time you get a chip, scrape or the shine becomes dull, you can do a repair without having to head back to a salon or have a complete new manicure.  These steps show you how to repair chips, restore shine and fill regrowth.

You will need:

  • Nail buffer and fine nail file
  • Prep, base coat, gel colour, top coat, cleanser (non-acetone nail polish remover)

REPAIR CHIPS

  • Trim edge of nail
  • Buff the chip to remove any loose gel and smooth the area between firm gel and exposed nail
  • Lightly buff the entire nail to improve adhesion gels
  • Wash hands

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  • Brush prep over entire nail(s)
  • Apply base coat to bare nail area – a light touch is best
  • Cure for usual time

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  • Apply colour coat over base and wrap under nail edge – you may get away with just one application
  • Cure

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  • Apply top coat to repaired nails
  • Cure and cleanse

Optional, depending on how long the gel has been on

  • Lightly buff all remaining nails
  • Apply top coat to all nails
  • Cure and cleanse away gel residue

Touch up complete (note nail growth in just ten days)

Touch up process

REGROWTH INFILL

  • Buff entire nail, paying particular attention to cuticle end
  • Wash hands
  • Brush prep over entire nail(s)
  • Apply base coat to bare nail area
Apply base to bare nail
Apply base to bare nail
  • Cure for usual time
  • Apply colour to bare nail area, thinning out as you reach the remaining colour
  • Repeat if necessary to achieve depth of colour
  • Apply top coat to repaired nail
  • Cure and cleanse
Infill complete

Infill complete

RESTORING SHINE

  • Buff nails so that gel has a good surface on which to bind
  • Brush on top coat
  • Cure and cleanse

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