Technique - Topic : gels

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Gel Clarity

January 1, 2011  | Article

Robyn Schwartz of Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada, has no problem making these streaky-clean gel art designs on a regular basis, she says. The secret is in the thin layer of uncured clear gel.

Keywords: Akzentz   colored gels   gels   nail art  

Rock Out with Shellac

December 1, 2010  | Demo

Whether your client is getting ready to go to a concert or feeling fun and adventurous for her week of grocery shopping and cleaning, a Shellac’d Out Rockin’ Out Mani might turn the volume up in her life until her next appointment.

Keywords: CND   gels   nail art   shellac  

Star Nails Star Nails' T3 European FiberGels

December 1, 2010  | Product

Star Nail’s T3 European FiberGels are designed to apply evenly and smoothly across the entire nail plate, making precise cuticle area applications a breeze.

Keywords: gels   Star Nail Products  

The LeChat Perfect Match Dual Set

December 1, 2010  | Demo

Perfect Match gel polish applies like nail polish but wears like gel.

Keywords: gels   LeChat   manicures  

Hybrid Gel Polish Roundup

November 22, 2010  | Photo Gallery

We have gathered the latest brush-on gel polish available at the time of printing, but more companies are finishing development on lines of their own. 

Keywords: Cacee   CND   EZ Flow   Gelish   gels  

Budding Gels

November 22, 2010  | Photo Gallery

As gels increase in popularity, manufacturers plant a wider variety of color gels into their lines so techs can match the different seasons.  From pastel pinks to bold blues and pretty purples in-between, here’s a sampling of the latest spring gel collections.

Keywords: Akzentz   Backscratchers   Bellissima   Bio Sculpture Gel   CND  

Extreme Embedding

November 17, 2010  | Article

We asked fans on our Facebook page ( to send us a picture of the most interesting thing they’ve ever embedded in a nail. From beads and feathers to hay (yes, hay!), here’s a look at a few of the images we received.

Keywords: embedded acrylics   embedded nail art   embellishments   gels   nail art  

Nubar Infinity UV Gel Kit

November 15, 2010  | Demo

Nubar’s Infinity UV Gel Kit contains everything you need to get started using gels. It has six colored gels, a clear builder, brush, prep, prime, and more. Infinity Traditional Gels are high-shine gels that can replace nail polish in a spectrum of colors.

Keywords: gels   Nubar  

Gelish Wins Belgian Beauty Award for Most Innovative New Product

November 15, 2010  | Article

Hand & Nail Harmony’s Gelish was voted the most innovative product at the Pro Esthetic (a Belgian beauty and wellness magazine) and Professional Beauty & Wellness (a trade show organization) in Belgium.

Keywords: awards   consumer press   Gelish   gels   Hand & Nail Harmony  

NSI Polish Pro

November 4, 2010  | Product

NSI Polish Pro is a light-cured formula that lasts two weeks without chipping, smudging, or cracking. It takes only minutes to apply and can be quickly dried under UV- or LED-lamps. Plus, removing it is a cinch. Ten minutes is all it takes. Available in 24 tip-tingling colors that shine on, and on, and on. Give your clients the mani of their dreams.

Keywords: gels   NSI   soak-off gels  

The Next Generation of Polish

November 1, 2010  | Article

The new crop of UV-cured brush-on gel polishes has set the industry abuzz. But what exactly is the technology behind these so-called hybrids, and how can they affect your business?

Keywords: adding new services   gels   soak-off gels   trends  

Take a Tip from ... Dashing Diva’s Pattie Yankee

November 1, 2010  | Article

Dashing Diva director of education, Pattie Yankee, gives some sound advice on preserving your nail art products as you beautify from one customer to the next.

Keywords: Dashing Diva   gels   glitter   manufacturers educators   nail art  

Stunning Stilettos and More

October 1, 2010  | Article

Intricate floral stiletto nails won the NSI Free-hand Nail Art Competition, an online photo competition that invited nail techs from around the globe to use NSI acrylic or gel to create nail art designs. The entries were judged by Vicki Peters, Denise Wright, and Debbie Doerrlamm, who looked for difficulty of design, use of color, originality, overall enhancement design, and first impression (or the “wow” factor).

Keywords: acrylics   competitions   contests   gels   nail art  

The St. Petersburg Stiletto

October 1, 2010  | Demo

Elena Maltseva is a nail artist from St. Petersburg, Russia, who educates all over the world. She is an expert in gels, acrylics, and hand-painting, and is especially good at combining all three together to make spectacular nail designs. Maltseva has chosen an acrylic design here that is simple, yet very expensive-looking and rather easy-to-complete.

Keywords: acrylics   colored acrylics   colored gels   gels   international  

Hand and Nail Harmony Reveal Gel

October 1, 2010  | Demo

Reveal by Hand and Nail Harmony are UV- or LED-cured gels that bond to the natural nail using a fused keratin bonding system without the use of harsh acids for retention. With whites, clears, and pinks, these gels can define any look, and with the faster cure times of LED lights techs can save up to 20 minutes on total service time.

Keywords: gels   Hand & Nail Harmony  

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