A close-up of a nail artist creating a chandelier nail manicure

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Gel Manicures

Gel manicures are a pretty simple technique that gives us a gorgeous set of nails at a fraction of the normal time. The system consists of shaping your cuticles and nails for the polish to lay evenly. Once your nail technician buffs and shapes the nail to perfection, they will apply a clear base coat, two to three coats of color and finish with a top coat. Once completed, your hands are placed under a LED or UV light to lock in the color and prevent chipping. Lasting about two weeks, this quick method is a favorite for many nail lovers.

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