Pinterest Inspired: How to create Shellac Nails

Every girl enjoys a good mani/pedi combo, but the price of nail care, especially shellac or acrylic, can be hefty for a college student’s budget. Want to know how to create your own wonderfully chic shellac nails in the comfort of your own home, at your own convenience, and for around $20 dollars? Of course! You would be crazy not to! 

The secret to fabulous, chic shellac nails is brought you courtesy of my late-night Pinterest obsessions. First, you will need to buy a bottle of Nutra Nails 5-Minute Gel Polish. You can find this at Wal-Mart or on Amazon for around $10. I know, this seems a bit expensive but this bottle will last you for a good while, even if you are an avid manicurist. Apply gel polish and wait for it to dry. Next, you will want to apply Essie’s 3-Way Glaze base coat to your nails after the Nutra Nail gel polish dries. You can find Essie’s 3-way base coat on Amazon for about $9 so a tad over the price of OPI nail polish (again it will last you awhile.) Once you have applied the base coat and let it dry for about 3-5 minutes, you are free to use the polish color of your choice for color. You will want to apply two coats of polish and make sure to wait about 3-5 minutes for each individual coat to dr I would recommend a spring-friendly pastel, to show off your spring fever! After letting the two individual coats of nail-polish dry, apply one last, final coat of Essie’s 3-way base coat to your nails, allowing an additional 3-5 minutes to dry. Sounds simple enough right? Right. Now go show off your perfectly polished nails! 


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