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Step by Step Shellac Tutorial

Below is a step by step shellac how to tutorial – This video shellac nails tutorial was created and designed by Polishpedia & the pictures were created and designed by Creative Nail Designs.


Step by Step Shellac Tutorial

STEP 1:
Meticulous Natural Nail Prep

 

“P.E.P.”:
P – Perform A Manicure

  1. Shape and smooth the extension edge of the nail with a Kanga™ File.
  2. Remove true cuticle from the nail plate with CuticleAway and a cuticle pusher.
  3. Have the client wash their hands with liquid soap and warm water. Towel dry.
  4. Double check for stubborn cuticle and debris by pulling back the lateral folds
    (sidewalls) of the nails with your fingers and, using a curette, gently remove any
    remaining cuticle.

E – Eliminate surface contaminants by scrubbing the nail with ScrubFresh™ and a lint-free pad.

P – Purify nail plate layers with ScrubFresh, which will remove oil and debris from the nail plate.

Note: It is not necessary to remove shine from the natural nail plate with a buffer

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STEP 2:
Shellac UV Base Coat Application

  1. Shake the bottle to blend.
  2. Apply one thin layer to each nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on one hand.

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    1. Remove the applicator brush from the bottle and wipe it against the bottle’s neck to
      drain excess product from the brush.
    2. Stay parallel to the natural nail and place the brush in the center of the nail slightly
      away from the cuticle line.
    3. Gently push the brush toward the cuticle line and then glide down one side to the
      extension edge of the nail.
    4. Lift the brush and repeat on the opposite side of the nail, followed by the same steps
      to coat the center.
    5. Be sure to encase the extension edge to ensure long wear.
  3. Cure all five fingers together for ten seconds in the CND UV Lamp*.
  4. Repeat the process on the other hand.

 

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STEP 3:
Shellac UV Color Coat Application

Solid Color

  1. Shake the bottle vigorously to blend.
  2. Apply one very thin coat to each nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on one hand.
    (This layer will be slightly semi-sheer if applied correctly).
    1. Remove the applicator brush from the bottle and wipe it against the bottle’s neck to
      drain excess product from the brush.
    2. Stay parallel to the natural nail and place the brush in the center of the nail slightly away
      from the cuticle line.
    3. Gently push the brush toward the cuticle line and glide down one side to the extension
      edge of the nail.
    4. Lift the brush and repeat on the other side of the nail, followed by the same steps to
      coat the center.
    5. Be sure to encase the extension edge to ensure long wear.
  3. Cure all five nails for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp*.
  4. Repeat the process on the other hand.
  5. Apply a second thin Color Coat to the surface and extension edge of all five nails using the
    same process. This coat provides full coverage if using an opaque color.
  6. Cure all five nails for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp*.

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French Manicure

  1. Shake the bottle vigorously to blend.
  2. Start with a sheer pink Shellac UV Color Coat (not white tip): Apply one thin layer of your chosen pink on the nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on the first hand.
    1. Remove the applicator brush from the bottle and wipe it against the bottle’s neck to
      drain excess product from the brush.
    2. *If using the Brisa lamp, apply and cure four fingers on each hand and then the thumbs.

    3. Stay parallel to the natural nail and place the brush in the center of the nail slightly
      away from the cuticle line.
    4. Gently push the brush toward the cuticle line and glide down one side to the
      extension edge of the nail.
    5. Lift the brush and repeat on the other side of the nail, followed by the same steps to
      coat the center.
    6. Be sure to encase the extension edge to ensure long wear.
  3. Cure all five nails for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp*.
  4. Apply a thin coat of white Shellac UV Color Coat to the tips of the nails, in an arched smile line to flatter
    the nail shape. Detail with the Brisa™ ProSeries Gel Brush dipped in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to
    perfect the smile line.
    Note: Applying the white tip on top of a pink base will assure that the detailing brush doesn’t remove the
    critical Base Coat layer during this refinement step.
  5. Place all five fingers in the CND UV Lamp and cure for two minutes.*
  6. Repeat the process on the other hand.

 

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STEP 4:
Shellac UV Top Coat Application

  1. Shake the bottle to blend.
  2. Apply one thin layer to each nail surface and extension edge of all five nails on one hand.
    1. Remove the applicator brush from the bottle and wipe it against the bottle’s neck to
      drain excess product from the brush.
    2. Stay parallel to the natural nail and place the brush in the center of the nail slightly
      away from the cuticle line.
    3. Gently push the brush toward the cuticle line and glide down one side to the
      extension edge of the nail.
    4. Lift the brush and repeat on the other side of the nail, followed by the same steps to
      coat the center.
    5. Be sure to encase the extension edge to ensure long wear.
  3. Cure all five nails for two minutes in the CND UV Lamp*.
  4. Repeat the process on the other hand.
  5. Remove the top film (sticky inhibition layer) with a plastic-backed, lint-free pad soaked with
    99% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA).
  6. Condition the nails and surrounding soft tissue with SolarOil™ and send a bottle home with
    the client for daily conditioning.
  7. Pre-book your client for a re-Shellac in two week.

7 Responses to Step by Step Shellac Tutorial

  1. Chantal Cross on March 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hi. I have problems with chipping and am using a nail dehydrator, polishes and lamp are brand new, I am applying the shellac very thinly and capping the edges. Can you suggest why it is not lasting 14 days?

  2. Andrea on March 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I just followed your instructions for doing a Shellac gel manicure. It all went well, however, to remove the old gel, I wrapped my nails with a cotton ball soaked in 100% Pure Acetone and kept it in place with foil for ten minutes and the old gel did not budge! I even roughed up the top layer and it still did not budge without me scrapping it off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  3. kopal agarwal on January 11, 2013 at 12:58 am

    i want to learn different ways for nail art….
    shades in nail arts……….
    nd these shellac….
    wat is dis shellac……
    in market how we can get this, its use, how t use…….
    plzzzz tell me i want to open a salon….

  4. Ciara on December 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi I’ve been using shellac for a while all my products are new and authentic and I am using the CND Lamp I am finding that it peels after 4-5 days!!!! It just lifts and peels right off I’ve been trying to seal the edges as best as I can and to also dehydrate the nails any advice would be great Thanks :)

    • polishpedia
      polishpedia on December 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Ciara,

      How old are your bulbs? If the bulbs need to be replaced, then this can cause lifting and peeling.

      ~Jocelyn (Nail Artist @ Polishpedia)

  5. sarah foss on December 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Hi I have been using Shellac for a while using different colours. For the pass couple of applications all has gone wrong! I have used the base coat first then applied the colour, the colour seems to have bubbled and pulled away from the nail but not on every finger, it is very strange. Can you shed any light on why this is happening?

    • Jocelyn
      Jocelyn on December 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Sarah,

      Shellac can be a touch system. If something is not right, it doesn’t work properly. Here are some things that could be the problem:

      1. The layers are too thick.
      2. The polish is old.
      3. Your lamps bulbs need to be replaced.

      Let me know if this helps.

      ~Jocelyn (Nail Artist @ Polishpedia)

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