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Lovebeauty101

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I know this might sound like a strange question lol

Basically most of my customers prefer acrylic nails with a gel polish colour on top. I want to offer more nail art like striping tape, tiny charms etc which would look and stay much better under a layer of clear acrylic but I'm worried it wouldn't work due to the gel polish base? Can anyone help? Xx
 

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Not too well no, the gel polish it too flexible to put a rigid product like L&P over the top - imagine melting some chocolate then pouring it over a set jelly - the chocolate would harden but as soon as the jelly moved underneath the chocolate would crack or become detached - fastest way to product breakdown and costly repairs and time.

You might want to investigate a hard gel topcoat instead, it would need to be buffed before removal but will give a stronger layer of protection over the art.
 

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If the gel polish/design is sandwiched between acrylic you might get away with it but you could end up with a bulky nail.

Like trinity said I'd go for a top coat like glaze and go.
 

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If the gel polish/design is sandwiched between acrylic you might get away with it but you could end up with a bulky nail.

Like trinity said I'd go for a top coat like glaze and go.
Thanks ladies! I do have glaze and go top coat but I use a different brand of gel polish underneath so hope they are compatible. I didn't think you could use glaze and go over polish as when I done my training on acrylics it was used over acrylics only so just thought it was for those xx
 

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Thanks ladies! I do have glaze and go top coat but I use a different brand of gel polish underneath so hope they are compatible. I didn't think you could use glaze and go over polish as when I done my training on acrylics it was used over acrylics only so just thought it was for those xx
If it's polish on a natural nail then no it will crack as it doesn't have a strong enough foundation.

If the base is acrylic then gel polish you have that strong foundation of the acrylic to stop too much flexibility and cause cracking.
 

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Yes you can. But not too thin or it will crack.
There is a tech here in Aust who does it frequently for some of her clients who are hairdressers.

You can also use Glaze n Go over gel polish which has been applied over acrylics or hard gels, just not natural nails as they are too flexible and it will crack.
 
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