The ‘Nail’d It’ contestants stopped by HollywoodLife.com to give our editors fab manicures! Click for your exclusive guide to the perfect mani with step-by-step pics!
Nail’d It, hosted by Adrienne Bailon on Oxygen, brings the country’s most talented nail artists head-to-head in a heated competition. The manicurists from the addictive reality show stopped by HollywoodLife.com‘s New York City offices to show us their skills, and we were seriously impressed!
‘Nail’d It’: Step-By-Step Guide To The Perfect Gel Mani
Two contestants from Nail’d It treated HollywoodLife.com’s Beauty Director, Dory Larrabee, and Senior Entertainment Editor, Elizabeth Wagmeister to amazing gel manicure.
We loved our looks so much that we have to share the step-by-step guide with you!
Whether you want a simple, neutral gel mani like Kendall Jenner or a funky, bedazzled look like Rita Ora, the Nail’d Art stars know exactly how to nail whatever look you could ask for. Here’s how to get the look:
STEP 1: Buffing — removing the shine from nails
STEP 2: Put primer on to hold onto the gel
STEP 3: Lay on a thin coat of clear gel
STEP 4: Lay on underlying embellishment (pictured here: gold leaf) into the clear gel, toward end of the nail
STEP 5: Place hand in light to cure it for 2-3 mins
STEP 6: Place another layer of clear gel and cure it for another 2-3 mins
STEP 7: Use acetone to remove the sticky layer and buff the nail smooth
STEP 8: Paint the custom design (pictured here: pink zig-zags)
STEP 9: Finish with a gel top coat
STEP 10: If desired, add embellishments (pictured here: Swarovski crystals)
Enjoy your custom gel mani! (Pictured here: Dory’s hot pink look and Elizabeth’s gold leaf and crystal design)
Make sure to catch Nail’d It every Tuesday (9/8c) on Oxygen!
HollywoodLifers, what’s the craziest nail art you’ve ever treated yourself to? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister