{Quick Fix} Grown Out Gel Nails

I posted this photo on Instagram and people seemed to really like the idea, so I thought I’d just do a really quick post on it. 🙂 If you’re on Pinterest, I’d pin this for later. Just sayin… 😉

I’ve had my 2nd set of gel nails for about 2 weeks now and needless to say, they’ve grown out. I wasn’t ready to remove the gel nails quite yet, so I gave them a second life with my favorite glitter nail polish! While I used this trick for gel nails… you can use this technique to quickly change the look of your nails (or toes) even when you’re wearing regular nail polish… although I can never get my regular polishes to wear long enough for my nails to grow that much! Just a thought. 🙂

How to: All I did was put some glitter polish at the base of my nails near the cuticles and finished with a top coat of Seche Vite to smooth everything out. You can do a gradient like I did, or cover the entire nail with the glitter.

With this little trick, you can justify spending the $$ for getting gel nails done at a salon… or even justify buying a kit to give yourself gel nails at home! Seriously such a quick and easy fix, and the best part is that you get another whole new look out of it.

Tip: You have to use a really dense glitter polish. I tried two Sally Hansen polishes and you can see that Gem Crush Big Money (pictured on right below) is clearly the winner.

I’m so excited that I can extend the wear of my gel nails another week or so with a brand new look! Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fabulous week!~

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  1. Katie EA
    May 23, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    I have the gem crush mini set and it is amazing! I’m planning on getting my nails done for my wedding and love that I can make them last longer!

  2. May 8, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Normally, you remove the gel polish with either alcohol or acetone. Now that you have a totally different type on top, how do you remove the polish, since you have on two different types.

    • May 8, 2013 / 9:26 pm

      You can remove both with acetone! Good luck!!!

  3. Diana
    January 16, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    What is the color of your base gel ?

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:03 pm

      Pucker up from NailLuv. Links provided in the gel nail tutorial 😉 good luck!!!

  4. Fawn
    December 9, 2012 / 7:32 am

    You. Are. A Genius!!

  5. samara jimenez
    August 8, 2012 / 4:47 pm

    how do you do the gradient look?

    • August 8, 2012 / 5:11 pm

      Put a coat of polish from the cuticle to about 2/3 down the nailbed. Let it dry. Then put on another coat that only goes from the cuticle to about 1/2 the nail. Done! The secret is to use glitter polish because it makes it a lot easier. Also, you don’t have to be precise! Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting. xoxo