Gel lasts longer – around two weeks – and is set under a UV lamp for a high-gloss finish. Shellac is pretty similar, but is applied in thinner layers, so may not last quite as long, but is a little healthier on the nail beds. If you prefer to switch up your polish on a weekly basis, go for a regular manicure (using the sort of polish you find in the shops).
Do these things before a mani and you’ll never look back
Getting a manicure should result in two things: gleaming polish that lasts much longer than a DIY job, and feeling really smug. Like LinkedIn photograph smug. To make the most out of your salon trip, we’ve got a few ‘pre-tips’ – the stuff you should make time for before your appointment (and bonus advice once you’re at it).
By Rachel Spedding