Polish first or last, for DIY gel nails kit?

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Dec 30, 2012

Sarah T.

can you use nail Polish with Gel nails? I have a home gel nails kit I got from the chemist, but I want some colour.
can I paint my nails first then do the gel over the polish, or would that react to the gel and not work properly?
thanks for the help.

Dec 30, 2012

Heather L.

I often do this with a home gel kit I bought for about £6! I generally use a base coat, then 2 coats of polish, then the gel on top according to the packet instructions. I then keep it looking glossy with a bit of top coat every few days. It doesn't tend to look too much like a gel mani, more just really glossy polish that stays in place a lot longer than usual. The method I use tends to last about a week, although it will lose it's shine quicker than an actual gel mani. I only tend to notice chipping if I neglect freshening up the top coat.

Jan 03, 2013

Sarah T.

thanks so much that's a big help.
what do you use for base coat?

Jan 03, 2013

Heather L.

I use the nails inc. Kensington caviar base coat (I also use the top coat version), but I've also used cheap drugstore ridge filler in the past. Even a coat of clear polish would suffice I should think.

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