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3 Easy Ways to Extend Your Gel Mani

It's easier than you think.
3 Easy Ways to Extend Your Gel Mani
IMAGE Gerard Dungo
It's easier than you think.

Gel manis are the best but when they've suddenly grown out or start to show signs of wear and tear, I somehow feel close to tears because not only do I have to shell out around P600-P800 again, but I also have to endure the hour to hour and a half wait for the technician to painstakingly apply each coat on each finger, and wait for the lamp to cure my lacquer. 

It usually takes two weeks before I start to crave for a new nail color, see significant growth, or notice a few imperfections here and there. But instead of going the radical route and subjecting my nails to another round of removal, application and curing, I've discovered I can do a couple of things to cover-up the grown out look of a gel mani:

1. The Paint Over

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The simplest and perhaps the most overlooked way of covering up a grown out mani is to paint over your existing shade. This works especially well if the shade you're currently wearing is on the light side. I used Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure polish in Berry Important (P399, Rustan's), and finished off with a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite (P400, Polish Please). 

RESULT:

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Preview Tip: Make sure to use your new polish hue to cover the area closest to where your nails begin to grow—that's where you'll most likely notice an unsightly gap. 

2. Edgy Style

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If you're the type of person who can't stand looking at damage on the edges of your nails, try doing an updated French tip. Here, I went for a graphic design by painting over the damaged tips with Chanel's Black Satin Nail Lacquer (Rustan's).

RESULT:

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Preview Tip: Use French tip manicure stickers to help you achieve a more uniformed and professionally-applied look.

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3. Sparkle and Shine

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Go beyond the simple paint-over by adding texture. I used OPI's Catch A Falling Star set (P790, Rustan's) to create a unique finish that's pretty in person and in photos, and also doubles as a conversation starter.

RESULT:

IMAGE Gerard Dungo

Preview Tip: If you aren't too proud of your painting skills (applying nail polish with your non-dominant hand is so darn hard), then glitter is the way to go. Polishes with glitter or sparkles in them aren't as smooth as regular solid-hued ones so when they aren't applied perfectly, they just look "textured." 

Agoo Bengzon is Preview.ph's Expert Columnist for the months of September and October. With 12 years of being Preview's former Beauty Editor under her belt, Agoo is a certified beauty junkie. Her favorite things are brows that are on fleek and a lippie that lasts through dinner. 

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