Gelish recently released Trends, a line of soak-off gel-polish inspired by current fashion on the runways and in look books. The gel-polish can be used to create nail art and act as a top coat, an overlay, or a stand-alone product. Here MaeLing Parrish, Gelish’s U.S. Dean of Education, uses a dabbing technique with Gelish Trends’ Lots of Dots to create a multi-dimensional layered effect.
1. Shape the natural nail, push back the cuticle, and remove any non-living tissue from the nail plate. Using a 180-grit buffer, remove the shine from the nail plate, and then remove the dust with Gelish Nail Surface Cleanse and a lint-free wipe. Apply a thin coat of Gelish pH Bond.
2. Apply a thin coat of Gelish Foundation Base Gel to the entire nail and cap the free edge.
3. Cure in a Gelish 18G LED light for five seconds (or one minute in a 36-watt UV light). Using a clean, dry gel brush, wipe the surface of the cured foundation to remove excess tackiness.
4. Using the Gelish Trends of your choice (Lots of Dots is shown here), apply a coat of the product from the cuticle to the free edge. Cure for 30 seconds (or two minutes).
5. Apply a second thin coat of Gelish Trends from the cuticle to the free edge, using a dabbing motion to distribute the dots. Cure for 30 seconds (or two minutes).
6. If desired, apply a third coat for enhanced coverage using a dabbing motion again to distribute the dots. Cure for 30 seconds (or two minutes).
7. Apply a coat of Gelish Top It Off to the entire nail, capping the free edge. Cure for 30 seconds (or two minutes). Remove the tacky layer using a lint-free wipe and Gelish Nail Surface Cleanse.
8. Apply Gelish Nourish Cuticle Oil and Massage it into the nail plate.
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