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How To Do Shellac Nails

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How To Do Shellac NailsHi, my name is Jocelyn and I am the local nail guru here at

…I have been doing Shellac ever since it came out back in 2010. Wow it has been that long?

There are two groups of people when it comes to Shellac.

You either love it or you hate it.

1. You love it because it really lasts for 2 weeks and it looks absolutely amazing.

2. You hate it because it doesn’t last for 2 weeks and looks terrible.

Let’s All Love It…Here Is The First Step

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The best way to prevent people from hating Shellac is to teach them the top 3 reasons why Shellac peels. Here is my link to my Top 3 Shellac Mistakes Case Study.

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How To Do Shellac Nails

Shellac Application Steps

We have gone through and listed each step to help you do Shellac. These steps are very important. Since Shellac is designed as a system it is crucial to follow each of the systems steps and to use all the appropriate Shellac products that come with they system.

Step 1: File Nails Into Shape.

Step 2: Remove Cuticles off of the Nails.

Step 3: Apply a Layer of Base Gel.

Step 4: Cure Each Hand for 10 Seconds.

Step 5: Apply the 1st Layer of Shellac TM.

Step 6: Cure Each Hand for 2 Minutes.

Step 7: Apply the 2nd Layer of Shellac TM.

Step8: Cure Each Hand for 2 Minutes.

Step 9: Apply Top Coat TM.

Step 10: Cure Each Hand for 2 Minutes.

Step 11: Wipe Each Nail With Alcohol to Remove Sticky Film.

I hope that this how to do Shellac Nails tutorial helps you do your own or others nails with Shellac! If you have any questions regarding the Shellac application process, please do not hesitate to ask using the form below.

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61 Responses to How To Do Shellac Nails

  1. Takmore Chilanga on February 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I want to know how to do Shellac nails

  2. Jaiden on December 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I chipped my nail the day of applying shiliac, what should I do?

  3. Maritza Rodriguez on May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    could cnd shellac color be use with Dashing Diva basecoat and topcoat?

    • Jaiden on December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I don’t believe so.

  4. Laura Duryee on May 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    When I got my nails done at the salon, they put a quick layer of something on before the base coat that appeared oily. What is this called? Is it necessary?

    • Brittanie Caswell on May 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Probably the Scrubfresh stuff. It helps tclean the nail and helps the color last longer

  5. b roche on April 22, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Hi. I would like to view the video but I don’t belong to facebook, twitter or any other communal websites. Is there another way to view your video.
    Many thanks

    • polishpedia
      polishpedia on April 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

      You can check out all of our videos on our youtube channel. The video that is on this page showing how to do Shellac is at Enjoy!

      ~Jocelyn (Nail Artist @ Polishpedia)

      • Diane on June 22, 2013 at 10:29 am


  6. Michele C on April 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    One more item to add: I just changed the bulbs as well since I thought this was the reason the ruffle problem was happening.
    Any comments greatly appreciated.

  7. Michele C on April 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I was just wondering if anyone else out here has had this problem. After I cure the base coat, I then do the first color coat and some of the nails when they come out of the machine are not smooth but ruffled looking. It doesn’t happen all the time so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong I also try to put on as thin as possible. Also, I always do the thumb alone should I put it in the middle of the machine or towards the side it happens to this finger mostly. Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

    • Vittoria on June 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Michele, is your bottle old ? or have you done more than 4-5 applications with it. Apparently, once the bottle starts getting half way or so it starts getting thickish. Perhaps this is the case. Happened to me using my training schools Shellac. Only on one or two nails.

    • linda on November 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm


      I think that because the thumb doesn’t lay flat the polish tends to slide, so it might be helpful to put on 3 very thin coats.

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