7 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Color Changing Gel Nail Polish

By Sharon R. Lee


Light up the party with color changing gel nail polish. These special, neon-colored polishes are a fun way to jazz up your nails and reveal a hidden world of hidden messages and secret codes that only glow under black light.

But if you're new to this type of manicure, there are some things you need to know before you start changing colors:

1. Start with your base coat, curing between each layer.

Before you apply the color-changing gel polish, make sure to prep your nails by removing any old polish. Make sure they're clean and dry before you start.

Apply a base coat to all but your smallest finger, then cure it in between each layer of polish (you will likely need two coats). When those are cured, repeat this process with the second base coat.

2. Use two coats of color changing gel nail polish on top of your base coat, making sure to cure in between each coat.

  • Use two coats of color changing gel nail polish on top of your base coat, making sure to cure in between each coat.

Color changing gel nail polish typically requires two or three coats in order to get a really even and opaque finish.

When using this type of product over a base coat, it's important to first apply the base coat for protection and then let that dry before applying your first layer of color changing gel polish. 

Curing time will vary depending on the brand (and sometimes even the color), but most polishes need at least 30 seconds under an LED lamp or 60 seconds under UV light before they are ready for the next application.

It's easy to forget about curing times if you're not paying attention so set a timer!

3. To make your color change more visible, don't apply too much polish to the brush when you're doing your initial application.

This one is pretty straightforward. To get the most out of your nail color, don't use too much polish on your brush.

If you want to change colors, but also want to keep a base coat underneath, apply a very small amount of polish to the brush and then apply it as thinly as you can to each nail.

This will help prevent bubbles from forming in between coats and will make sure that you get an even distribution of color throughout each layer.

Another important tip for getting this right is to make sure that all of your nails have equal amounts of color on them before adding more layers.

You'll want to avoid having large patches where there's no dry polish at all so that when it does dry and begin changing colors (which tends not happen until about 5 minutes after putting down another layer), it doesn't end up looking uneven or messy.

4. Apply a topcoat and cure to protect your manicure, then clean off the tacky layer left by the topcoat with a lint-free wipe soaked in alcohol or acetone.

  • Apply a topcoat and cure to protect your manicure, then clean off the tacky layer left by the topcoat with a lint-free wipe soaked in alcohol or acetone.

A topcoat is an essential part of any gel nail polish look, as it protects your nails from chipping and yellowing over time (which is something that happens when you skip this step). A good topcoat also helps maintain shine and longevity of color while adding extra durability and protection.

5. Let your nails recover every so often by skipping a few days of polish, especially if you have sensitive cuticles or tend to get dry cuticles.

If you're thinking about skipping the next few days of color changing gel nail polish, don't worry. You can still get the most out of your manicures by taking care of your nails and cuticles.

For example, if you have sensitive skin or dry cuticles, try using a buffer to smooth out the surface of your nails before applying another layer of color-changing gel polish. Another tip would be to use cuticle oil or cream as often as possible throughout each day in order to moisturize those precious little piggies!

6. You can always remove color changing gel nail polish easily with cotton rounds or cotton balls soaked in acetone or alcohol; just try to avoid soaking your nails in anything for too long, as this can dry them out.

  • You can always remove color changing gel nail polish easily with cotton rounds or cotton balls soaked in acetone or alcohol; just try to avoid soaking your nails in anything for too long, as this can dry them out. Acetone is a solvent that dissolves the polish, so it works well to remove it, but it's also drying on your nails and the skin around them. Use sparingly and use cotton balls or rounds to apply instead of pouring the acetone straight from the bottle onto your fingers like some kind of mad scientist (or an impatient person).

7. To get an even brighter glow under black light, apply glow-in-the-dark topcoat over your favorite dark color changing gel nail polish shade!

  • To get an even brighter glow under black light, apply glow-in-the-dark topcoat over your favorite dark color changing gel nail polish shade!

It's that easy! You can use any type of top coat you'd like - just make sure to use it after the color change polish has dried completely, otherwise it won't work as well. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Conclusion

I hope these tips will help you get the most out of your color changing gel nail polish. It’s such a fun way to express yourself, and I love seeing all the different ways people make their manicures unique. Happy nail art!

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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