So recently I was given some supplies to try out gel nails with tips... let me show you pictures first then I'll tell you about the process I used and how to remove them. Keep in mind, this was my non dominant hand I applied the gel with and I've never used tips before, so be nice :)
NailEtc.com along with the tips. Basically I needed to scoot the tips towards my nail edge a bit more but instead, I just carried on with my experiment.
I did three layers of the build gel which is a clear gel meant for french manis. It's not the top coat gel, but literally a gel that is in a pot and you use a brush to apply (another reason I had a hard time getting it smooth because I'm used to a polish brush). It was a bit difficult to get it all even between the tip and the nail plate but I'm sure it'd be much easier on my left hand or on someone else. I topped it with the Jessica Geleration Finish top coat, wiped it off with alcohol so it was shiny then I foiled it to remove it.
I used the OPI Expert Touch foil wraps (didn't take an after picture but the tips and gel came right off with no harm to my nail beds). These are super easy to use and what I found works well is after you buff the top to break the seal then,wrap them (picture 3), apply heat to the foils: use a warm moist towel or a heating pad to put over your fingers to help the acetone peel back the gel and loosen the glue under the tip. You just twist as you pull the foil off, loosen any left overs with an orange stick (I use the rubberized kind for gel manis) and you're good to go for your next mani. Overall this was great and apparently while the tips won't last like if you got acrylic, they would last for a few days if you were going out for a dinner or event like prom or such. Great idea for the next time I want a simple french with tips. I plan on trying this out again but using my dominant hand and a better brush.
You can check out NailEtc for gel mani supplies, I purchased my light and starter kit through them.
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