How to apply gel polish properly and avoid nail damage.

Quality: Choose trusted nail polish brands. Look for ones that boldly say "3-free," "5-free," or "7-free," meaning they're formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP-free.

First, clean and dry your nails. If your nails have residue or oil, carefully remove it with nail polish remover.

Base Coat: Your nails' protective covering. Use a clear base coat before colored polish. It improves color adhesion and prevents nail staining.

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Painting: Use thin, even coatings instead of heavy ones. Smudge-prone thick coats take time to dry.Wait until each polish layer dries before applying another. Rushing might cause bubbles and uneven covering.

Air It Out: Avoid fumes by working in a well-ventilated environment. Nail polish with a softer smell is preferable.

Moderation: Rest your nails between polishes. Nails heal better without polish for a few days or a week.

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