When it comes to a long wearing polish solution that prevents pesky chipping, gel nails have been the answer to all our prayers as we no longer face the disappointment of spoiling a perfectly painted talon only an hour after applying a fresh coat of nail polish.

It’s no wonder that clients keep coming back time and time again for a fresh set of gel nails due to their durability. We recently caught up with a few of our favourite nail technicians to find out why they love gel polish, and their industry secrets when it come to creating flawless gel nails.

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Sarah Josephine Parker @nailsbyfox

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What makes gel nails the best?

I always tell my clients that gel polish is the way to go to keep your nails looking just as good two-three weeks out as the first day you got them done.

Gel polish creates the glossiest shine and if prepped properly will guarantee they will last 2-3 weeks after your service. In many cases, even longer! I love gel polish because it’s easier to create a design when you control when it dries. Embellishments stay attached when sealed in gel too…The nail industry has skyrocketed since the creation of gel polish.

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What is your best advice when it comes to creating nail masterpieces with gel polish?

Apply your applications thin so in order to not create bulkiness or ripples in the polish. Flash-curing has helped me a ton when creating nail art. In-between designs, place the hand under your gel lamp and cure for 5 seconds to guarantee the design doesn’t move as gel polish spreads when it sits. Then continue to design your next finger! Water and even a little bit of acetone helps dilute the polish to create some smokey looks! Think outside the box!

Nails By Rachael @nailsbyrachaelb

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What makes gel nails the best?
They are long lasting typically 2 – 5 weeks wear, no chipping, super shiny and strong and help grow your nails nice, long and healthy.
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What is your best advice when it comes to creating nail masterpieces with gel polish?
If you’re doing intricate designs with gel polish, I like to flash cure in-between the design so the gel stays in place or fully cure in parts so if you do go wrong you can then wipe that section off so you don’t have to start again.

 Bo Mundares @MrzNailz

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 What makes gel nails the best?
The comfort of having lovely coloured nails for a long period of time is priceless.Specially in my case being a housewife; washing up,bleach cleaning and cooking constantly won’t let me have polished nails more than a few hours!
 
What is your best advice when it comes to creating nail masterpieces with gel polish?
My best advise doing nail art on gel is that try to use stamping palettes and stickers as they look more beautiful on compared to non-gel polish after they’re cured.

Discover our best selling ranges of gel nail polish…

Whether you’re looking to try a new gel nail polish formula, or want to stock up on your favourite, we have a great range of colours and formulas to create beautiful gel nails.

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Gellux Profile Gel Nail Polish merges traditional and gel polishes, curing in just 30 seconds with an LED lamp. This, combined with the fact that it provides phenomenal protection and shine, while also resisting scratching and fading for up to 15 days, makes it a real favourite with nail technicians across the UK.

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We also stock Orly Gel FX Nail Polish which is known for being gentle to the nail plate, cuticles and skin.

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