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  • Start with clean dry hands and nails.

  • Remove all existing nail product and file your nails to your preferred length.

  • Push back your cuticles using a steel cuticle pushing tool or a wooden cuticle stick.

  • Clip back any excess skin around your nails for a neat look.

  • Gently file the surface of each nail to make the nails slightly rough (this encourages a better bond onto the nail, but please be careful not to file too much, a little is enough). Then brush away any dust that’s left behind.



  • Apply a coat of Primer (or Ultrabond) to each nail (this removes any oils or moisture and preps your nail for the gel application).

  • Apply a thin layer of base coat and cure under the Panda 36w lamp for 90-120 seconds (easier to do 1 hand at a time). Don’t get any gel onto your skin, as this can cause lifting as the nail grows, and remember to seal the free edges of your nails.

  • When applying each gel coat, you need to be as neat as possible. Remember it doesn’t dry like nail polish, so you have time to go slowly and be as neat as possible. If you do mess some gel onto your skin, use a toothpick or a wooden cuticle stick to clean it up before placing your hand under the lamp.

  • Apply 2-3 thin coats of the UV gel color polish, curing for 90-120 seconds in between each coat. You’ll see after the second coat if you need another, but keep each layer as thin as possible, as thick layers may not cure properly and also lead to early lifting after a few days.


Something to note here - the base coat and gel color layers will not dry hard, after curing they should be set but still 'tacky' (a bit sticky). Only the top protective coat dries hard after curing.


  • Once you are satisfied with the level of color, apply a thin layer of the top coat and cure for 120 seconds to seal.

  • Apply some cuticle oil or hand cream daily to keep your manicure looking great!


You might need a few ‘test runs’ before you get perfection, especially when using your ‘wrong’ hand on your ‘right’ hand – but don’t give up. Once you’ve mastered the application of gel, you’ll have about 3-4 weeks of gorgeous looking nails! And the gel is a stronger option compared to nail polish, allowing your natural nails to grow nicely during that time.


Once you’ve got the hang of it, why not start playing around with nail art, or start doing your family and friends nails for fun or extra income!


Have a look at the nail kits and combos available here