You Don't Have To Spend $40 On A Shellac Mani Thanks To This At-Home Hack


April 18, 2014

Painting your nails at home by yourself can be tricky, especially when you want your mani to last longer than 2 days. Either you get the polish all over your hands and fingers, you smear it before it drys or it just looks weird. And then if and when you are lucky enough to FINALLY get it perfect, it chips the next day. Am I right? Yep. So what’s a girl to do?

Since at-home manicures are sooo difficult, you find yourself paying salon prices for a shellac because, “they last longer and will save you money in the long run.” Well, I’m sorry to break the news to you, but this isn’t true. The price you pay and the time you give up for your shellac manis in the salon can be cut in half by trying this at-home shellac manicure.

Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s probably something like “I’ve tried that before and it didn’t work,” but I promise, you haven’t tried this one. I use it all the time and it usually lasts for a week or more, and I’m not one of those girls that is careful with my nails. I am constantly on the go and in situations where my nails would chip, but they don’t! Follow these easy steps and you can kiss your shellac hack failures good-bye. Try it! Because you know what they say, “Once you go shellac, you’ll never go back.”

IMPORTANT:

  • Let your nails dry COMPLETELY between each coat! I recommend waiting 2-3 minutes in between each coat. When I shellac my nails, I usually do it while I’m watching TV or a movie to make the time pass faster.
  • Also, don’t glob on any of the polishes or your nails will look crazy in the end. Light coats will produce the best results.

 

Step 1: Apply one light coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps. ($4.95)

Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps

Step 2: Apply one light coat of Gelous Nail Gel. ($5.99)

This gel coat is great, because unlike other polishes, it doesn’t bubble.

Gelous

Step 3: Apply one coat of a polish of your choice.

My favorite is Essie Turqouise and Caicos. ($8.50)

essie

 

Step 4: Apply a light second coat of Gelous.

Step 5: Apply a second coat of polish.

Step 6: Apply one light coat of top coat.

I suggest Essie Good To Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat. ($10.00)

Essie Good To Go

 

And you’re done!

To shop for more great nail polish check out: The Spring 2014 Nail Polish Awards, Pistachio Polish, and New In Beauty.

[Credit: Mint Arrow]

 

Shop Essie Nail Polish

More Essie Nail Polish | 3 of 493 »

Nail Polish by

Essie

Buy Now

Nail Color, Ballet Slippers by

Essie

Buy Now

Eclair My Love Nail Polish by

Essie

Buy Now

  • It's #SampleSaturday And We're Giving Away 50 Moisturizers From Kate Somerville!

    It's #SampleSaturday And We're Giving Away 50 Moisturizers From Kate Somerville!

    Beauty

    today

  • This Silicone Beauty Sponge Is A Total Game-Changer

    This Silicone Beauty Sponge Is A Total Game-Changer

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Once And For All, Here's How To Stop A Hangnail From Getting Worse #SHEfindsSolutions

    Once And For All, Here's How To Stop A Hangnail From Getting Worse #SHEfindsSolutions

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Nordstrom Has So Many Cute, Cheap Finds Under $26 Right Now--Don't Miss These Deals!

    Nordstrom Has So Many Cute, Cheap Finds Under $26 Right Now--Don't Miss These Deals!

    Style

    1 day

  • Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant Is The Best Exfoliator For Women With Dry Skin

    Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant Is The Best Exfoliator For Women With Dry Skin

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The Perfect Summer-To-Fall Transition Dress Is On Sale For Just $35 At Zappos Right Now

    The Perfect Summer-To-Fall Transition Dress Is On Sale For Just $35 At Zappos Right Now

    Style

    1 day

  • Pin These Pretty Side Part Hairstyle Ideas For Those Days When You Need Simple Hair Inspo

    Pin These Pretty Side Part Hairstyle Ideas For Those Days When You Need Simple Hair Inspo

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Use Our Exclusive Promo Code To Get 30% Off The Allure x Case-Mate Selfie Case

    Use Our Exclusive Promo Code To Get 30% Off The Allure x Case-Mate Selfie Case

    Shop

    1 day

  • Sneak Peek! Here's Your First Look At A New Day, One Of The Awesome New Brands Coming To Target For Fall

    Sneak Peek! Here's Your First Look At A New Day, One Of The Awesome New Brands Coming To Target For Fall

    Style

    1 day

  • Get Winky Lux's Brand New Mini Lip Pill Kit For Only $12 With Our Exclusive Promo Code

    Get Winky Lux's Brand New Mini Lip Pill Kit For Only $12 With Our Exclusive Promo Code

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Weekend Project: Make Your Own Soothing Cuticle Cream

    Weekend Project: Make Your Own Soothing Cuticle Cream

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Love Your Legs? Show Them Off In An Asymmetric Hem Dress This Summer

    Love Your Legs? Show Them Off In An Asymmetric Hem Dress This Summer

    Style

    2 days

  • 9 Kiehl's Products Every Woman Should Own

    9 Kiehl's Products Every Woman Should Own

    Beauty

    2 days

  • How To Make Your Own Wonder Woman Halloween Costume

    How To Make Your Own Wonder Woman Halloween Costume

    Style

    2 days

  • Drop Everything--The New NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick Is Now Available At Sephora!

    Drop Everything--The New NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick Is Now Available At Sephora!

    Beauty

    2 days

  • 5 Target Beauty Products Every Woman Should Own

    5 Target Beauty Products Every Woman Should Own

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Fear Not! These Crop Top Outfit Ideas Will Totally Inspire You To Try One ASAP

    Fear Not! These Crop Top Outfit Ideas Will Totally Inspire You To Try One ASAP

    Style

    2 days

  • This Is The Best End-Of-Summer Mask If Your Skin Needs Some Serious TLC

    This Is The Best End-Of-Summer Mask If Your Skin Needs Some Serious TLC

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Shop The Best Slip Dresses Under $50

    Shop The Best Slip Dresses Under $50

    Style

    2 days

  • Ivory Ella's Leggings Are <em>So</em> Soft And Comfortable--Add A Pair To Your Collection ASAP

    Ivory Ella's Leggings Are So Soft And Comfortable--Add A Pair To Your Collection ASAP

    Style

    2 days

  • We Tried Peel-Off Lip Stain--And Here's What Happened

    We Tried Peel-Off Lip Stain--And Here's What Happened

    Beauty

    2 days

  • I Tried Hanacure’s Skin-Tightening Face Mask, And This Is What Happened

    I Tried Hanacure’s Skin-Tightening Face Mask, And This Is What Happened

    3 days

  • 9 Natural Products You Need From Sephora For Your Hair, Skin And Nails

    9 Natural Products You Need From Sephora For Your Hair, Skin And Nails

    Beauty

    3 days

  • 4 Foundation Hacks Every Woman Over 30 Needs To Know

    4 Foundation Hacks Every Woman Over 30 Needs To Know

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Here's What's Coming To Zara This Month--Yas!

    Here's What's Coming To Zara This Month--Yas!

    Style

    3 days

  • A Beginner's Guide To Aromatherapy & Essential Oils #WellnessWednesday

    A Beginner's Guide To Aromatherapy & Essential Oils #WellnessWednesday

    Beauty

    3 days

  • These Are The Best Wireless Bras That Are SO Soft And Make Your Boobs Look Amazing

    These Are The Best Wireless Bras That Are SO Soft And Make Your Boobs Look Amazing

    4 days

  • Urban Decay Is Launching 15 New Vice Lipsticks--And You HAVE To See Them

    Urban Decay Is Launching 15 New Vice Lipsticks--And You HAVE To See Them

    Beauty

    4 days

  • What To Wear To Disney World: Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears And More!

    What To Wear To Disney World: Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears And More!

    Style

    5 days

  • FYI, Nordstrom's Bestselling Moto Leggings Are Back In Stock (But Probably Not For Long)

    FYI, Nordstrom's Bestselling Moto Leggings Are Back In Stock (But Probably Not For Long)

    Style

    5 days

  • These Loafers Are Anything But Boring--Invest In A Pair To Upgrade Your Shoe Collection ASAP

    These Loafers Are Anything But Boring--Invest In A Pair To Upgrade Your Shoe Collection ASAP

    Style

    5 days

  • Did These Celebs Really Not Realize Their Skin Was Really Oily?

    Did These Celebs Really Not Realize Their Skin Was Really Oily?

    Celebrity

    today

  • Are Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield Back Together?

    Are Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield Back Together?

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • Here's Everything You Need To DIY A Hot Dog Snapchat Filter Halloween Costume

    Here's Everything You Need To DIY A Hot Dog Snapchat Filter Halloween Costume

    Style

    1 day

  • This Dutch Model Looks EXACTLY Like Gigi Hadid & We're Freaking Out!

    This Dutch Model Looks EXACTLY Like Gigi Hadid & We're Freaking Out!

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • HUDA Beauty Just Announced Something Major & Fans Are Freaking Out!

    HUDA Beauty Just Announced Something Major & Fans Are Freaking Out!

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Lipstick Mistake Women Over 40 Make That’s Aging Them

    The One Lipstick Mistake Women Over 40 Make That’s Aging Them

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Did Beyoncé Really Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Thru?

    Did Beyoncé Really Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Thru?

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • All The Fashion Girls Are Wearing These $35 Mules From Target

    All The Fashion Girls Are Wearing These $35 Mules From Target

    Style

    1 day

  • 7 Celebrity Exes Who Are Still Friends

    7 Celebrity Exes Who Are Still Friends

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • Here's Everything You'll Need To Be Eleven From 'Stranger Things' For Halloween

    Here's Everything You'll Need To Be Eleven From 'Stranger Things' For Halloween

    Style

    1 day

  • What Is Rihanna Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    What Is Rihanna Wearing? She's Practically Naked!

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • The One Hot Drink Doctors Say You Should Have For Your Hair, Skin & Nails

    The One Hot Drink Doctors Say You Should Have For Your Hair, Skin & Nails

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The Weeknd Just Released New Merch Apparel, And Fans Are Freaking Out!

    The Weeknd Just Released New Merch Apparel, And Fans Are Freaking Out!

    Style

    2 days

  • ThirdLove's 'Fit Finder' Will Make You Believe In Online Bra Shopping Again

    ThirdLove's 'Fit Finder' Will Make You Believe In Online Bra Shopping Again

    Style

    2 days

  • Kendall Jenner Just Cut Her Hair SO Short & We Hardly Recognize Her!

    Kendall Jenner Just Cut Her Hair SO Short & We Hardly Recognize Her!

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • Celebrities That Are Much Older Than You Think

    Celebrities That Are Much Older Than You Think

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • 5 Times Celebs With Big Boobs Wore Shirts As Dresses And Were Total #FashionGoals

    5 Times Celebs With Big Boobs Wore Shirts As Dresses And Were Total #FashionGoals

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • Did Kim Kardashian Really Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Thru?

    Did Kim Kardashian Really Not Realize That Her Outfit Was Completely See-Thru?

    Celebrity

    2 days

  • The One Morning Vitamin Doctors Say You Should Have For Your Hair, Skin & Nails

    The One Morning Vitamin Doctors Say You Should Have For Your Hair, Skin & Nails

    Beauty

    2 days

  • Drop Everything You're Doing -- Target Just Released Some Major News!

    Drop Everything You're Doing -- Target Just Released Some Major News!

    Style

    3 days

  • 6 At-Home Remedies For Peeling Feet

    6 At-Home Remedies For Peeling Feet

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Hold Up - Kylie Cosmetics Is Worth HOW MUCH?

    Hold Up - Kylie Cosmetics Is Worth HOW MUCH?

    Beauty

    3 days