Question: Does OPI Gel Polish Need UV Light?

A: Yes!

“Gel” nail polish products which do not require an LED or UV light to cure are not real gel nail products—they are regular nail polish being deceptively marketed.

With any genuine gel nail polish (like OPI), an LED light is a must.

Does gel nail polish require UV light?

Some of the professional gel nail polishes like Shellac need a UV or LED lamp to cure (dry) the polish. However, you can still use it without a UV light, but the final result will be slightly different – expect the finish to be lower in quality.

Can you use gel nail polish at home without UV light?

If you’re referring to polish that is ‘gel like’ that you can buy from the drug store then you do not need a UV light source. Thats just a normal polish. If you’re referring to gel polish like Shellac or Gellish for example, only a UV light can cure/dry it.

How long does it take for gel nail polish to dry without UV light?

It can be applied to natural nails, soft gels, hard gels, and even acrylic nails and can last up to 2 weeks. Just like hard and soft gels, shellac requires UV light also to cure.

How do you use UV light gel polish?

Apply a thin coat of Gel Polish Top Coat from cuticle to free edge. Place hand in UV Lamp for 2 minutes or 30 seconds for LED light. Wipe of the tacky surface with nail cleanser and lint free nail wipes. Massage cuticle oil to the skin surrounding the nail.

How long does it take for gel to dry?

Professional gel polish requires LED or UV lamps in order to dry. It takes 30 seconds for one layer of gel polish to dry under a LED lamp and 2 minutes under the UV lamp.

How do you remove gel nail polish at home?

Buff the surface of your mani with a nail file to remove the shine, then soak a cotton ball in the acetone and place it directly on top of your nail. Follow by wrapping each finger with a small piece of foil, and after 10 to 15 minutes, the gel manicure should slide right off with the cotton ball.

How do you keep gel nails shiny?

But if the UV exposure isn’t your jam, here’s some other tricks for keeping that mani game strong.

  • Stay Away From Hand Sanitizer. Tom’s of Maine Natural Moisturizing Hand Soap, $7, Amazon.
  • Apply Oil Daily.
  • Distract From Dingy Nails.
  • Stay Away From Hot Water.
  • Reapply Top Coat.
  • Take Care of Cuticles.
  • File Your Tips.

What can I use to remove sticky residue from gel nails?

Apply the topcoat and cure for 30 seconds. Your nails will be sticky/tacky. Just take a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol (or if you’re like me and don’t have rubbing alcohol… Vodka works too) to wipe your nails clean.

Can you put a gel top coat over regular nail polish?

Yes, you can. Use a gel base coat, cure, use desired nail polish (wait for it to COMPLETELY DRY or you just waisted your time, nail polish and gel base coat), once dry, apply top gel coat, cure, use lent free wipes and 91% alcohol to remove stickiness and you’re done!