Ready to get gorgeous nails, right at home? That starts with getting the right nail products from base coat, gorgeous crystal nail polish shades and a high-shine top coat to seal everything in. At Beauty Affairs, we’ve got everything you need from cuticle care to nail polish - Australia-wide shipping is free with orders over $100!
Crystal Nail Polish: Tips & Tricks
GA-DE’s crystal nail polish line has every shade you could dream of, from opaque dramatic reds to sheer, office-friendly pinks. Here are some of our expert tips for ensuring your nails look amazing. Start with GA-DE nail primer or base coat to smooth away any ridges and prep the nail for long-wearing nail lacquer. A high quality basecoat is the first step for any long-lasting manicure - no matter the nail polish shade.
For opaque shades, two coats of nail lacquer are enough - let each coat dry between application for that salon-like finish. When it comes to sheer nail polish, three coats are the sweet spot for a clean, streak-free look.
Sheer nail polish is perfect for a neutral, classy manicure - choose from sheer cream or barely-there nude shades for a polished look. Seal everything in with a high-shine top coat for glossy, quick-drying nails.
Regular Nail Polish Vs. Gel Nail Polish: What’s the Difference?
Regular nail polish dries without needing any special light exposure - although a nail polish drying fan can help. High-quality nail lacquer dries to a glossy, chip-free finish that can last for up to ten days. With regular nail polish, a nail primer and top coat will go a long way to ensuring a nail polish manicure lasts as long as possible, no chips or peeling.
In comparison, gel nail polish is cured using UV lights or LED lights. Gel is great for busy people who don’t have time to wait for their nails to dry - never have smudged nails again with gel nail polish. Gel nails are also more chip resistant than regular nail polish, making it perfect for those who are hard on their hands.
However, there’s less freedom with gel nail polish - they’re harder to remove at home due to the professional gel curing method. It’s very easy to damage nails with improper gel removal too - something that we’re all better off leaving to the experts. Peeling off gel nails causes damage to the nail plate, thinning and weakening the layers of keratin that make up the nail.
Gel polish, unlike hard gel, can be soaked off of the nail plate in two steps. For proper gel manicure removal, the shiny gel top coat needs to be buffed off, then each nail is soaked in acetone for at least 10 minutes to break down the gel and reveal healthy nail plate underneath.
In comparison, traditional nail lacquer comes off with a few swipes of acetone or nail polish remover - no soaking required. Regular nail polish is much easier to apply and remove, especially if you like to change up your manicure frequently with the latest nail lacquer shades.
Where to Buy Nail Polish: Australia Edition
At Beauty Affairs, of course! We’ve got all the nail essentials you need for the perfect at-home manicure done right here at Beauty Affairs. Shop luxury skincare, makeup, and nail polish - Australia-wide shipping now available (plus it’s free with orders over $100)!