How to Apply Shellac Nail Polish Over Gels

by Alana Armstrong

Gel nails give a person long, shapely nails that look especially striking when they're painted. Shellac nail polish claims to stand up against chipping and everyday wear and tear, which means that unlike many other brands of nail polish, the paint job can last as long as the gel nails. The most-time consuming part of the application process is performing the manicure that prepares the nails for the Shellac. The advantage of having gel nails already applied is that you can skip the manicure and get started with the polish.

Items you will need

  • Gel nails
  • Shellac nail polish
  • CND UV lamp
Step 1

Place the bottle of Shellac on its side on a flat surface and roll it gently back and forth. This will blend the ingredients in the bottle.

Step 2

Unscrew and remove the cap from the bottle to reveal the applicator brush. Drag the brush against the inside of the bottle's neck to expel any excess nail polish from the bristles.

Step 3

Place the tip of the applicator brush at the cuticle line of the nail on the pinkie finger. Swipe the brush in a single stroke up past the tip of the nail.

Step 4

Place the tip of the applicator brush at the cuticle line just to the left of the first brush stroke; the left edge of the brush should be flush with the left cuticle wall of the nail. Swipe the brush in a single stroke up past the tip of the nail. Fill in the right side of the nail with the same stroke to finish coating the entire nail.

Step 5

Continue painting all of the nails on one hand with a single coat of Shellac nail polish.

Step 6

Rest all five fingernails under a CND UV lamp until the first coat of nail polish has completely dried.

Step 7

Paint a second coat of Shellac nail polish on each of the nails of the hand.

Step 8

Rest all five fingernails under the CND UV Lamp until the second coat of nail polish has completely dried.

Step 9

Paint the nails of the second hand with Shellac nail polish. Allow nail polish to dry completely under the CND UV Lamp after each coat.

Tips

  • The first coat of Shellac nail polish will appear translucent; the second coat will be opaque.

    To ensure long wear of the Shellac nail polish, apply the Shellac UV base coat before applying the color and Shellac UV top coat after applying the color. The base coat and top coat must be cured under the CND UV lamp once applied.

    Shellac nail polish must be removed with pure acetone and the Shellac remover wrap and can be done by a professional manicurist.

Warnings

  • Do not shake the bottle of Shellac to combine its ingredients before use. Shaking will cause air bubbles to form in the bottle, which will become air bubbles on your nails.

Photo Credits

  • George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

About the Author

Alana Armstrong started her writing career in 2005, covering street art and graffiti. She currently works as a freelance writer, photographer and artist in Toronto. Armstrong has a diploma in photojournalism from Sheridan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photo media from the University of New South Wales.