Tips for applying Gelish to short nails

SM 27 March 2017

This is Gelish Flirt In A Skating Skirt on the fingers and Lace ‘Em Up on the toes, from the Gelish Winter collection called The Great Ice-Scape. I thought the two colors went really well together!

Applying Gelish, and getting it to stay, on short nails can be a challenge sometimes.  So here are my tips for a successful Gelish manicure on short nails – inspired by my own nails, which are currently the shortest they have been in a long while.

  • As usual, prep work is key. Be sure you’re giving the product a clean and well-prepped surface to adhere to.
  • If at all possible, cap the edge of the nail with base, color, and top coat.
    • This will likely require you to pull back the skin; don’t be afraid to firmly pull the skin away from the nail each time you do this step.
  • You probably will get a little product on the skin, so use a bit of cotton wrapped around the end of an orangewood stick to pick up some acetone, alcohol, or gel polish remover to carefully wipe it away before curing.
    • On small and short nails, painting from sidewall to sidewall is also an option. This will allow you to seal the free edge without a lot of cleanup.
  • For extremely short nails with no free edge, you can flip the brush around so it pushes product toward you, ensuring that you’re getting product on the free edge.

These are the strategies that have worked for me.  Do you have any? Leave them in the comments below!

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