Gel Nail Polish - Cat Eye Effect

by - 11:18:00

When my brother got married last year, I got my nails done at a salon for the first time ever and had them painted with gel. From then on, I fell in love. Instead of paying salon prices, it was way cheaper to buy a kit myself. Granted; the quality isn't as good and they don't last as long as if I was to get them done professionally however, I have the ease of being able to just adjust any of my nails if they were to chip or completely come off.

I've been doing my nails with gel polish ever since and would never go back to using just standard nail vanish; I just don't have the patience to sit and wait for my nails to dry.

Every so often I like to do a splurge on Amazon to buy some more gel polish's, whenever I do there always seems to be a new craze; the latest craze I found is the cat eye effect so I thought I'd give it a go.

The things that are required for the cat eye effect are a UV or LED lamp, base coast, top coat, a magnetic gel nail polish, a magnet for gel polish, some nail prep & polish wipe and some lint free pads.

The first step is to prep the nails, I cut mine quite short this time round due to them being all misshapen but I'm lucky enough to have such strong nails that grow so quickly. I filed them in to a more square shape and pushed back my cuticles. My friend bought me a personalised manicure kit for my birthday last year and it has all the tools I need for prepping my nails in a handy little tin.

The next step is to apply the base coat, I start by putting the vanish on the end of my nail and work my way down to the bottom instead of starting from the bottom, I put a thin layer on too. Once the whole nail is covered I also give the end of the nail a quick cover to create a seal to stop it from chipping easily.

Once the base coat has been applied it needs to be cured for two minutes under the UV lamp, if you have an LED lamp it takes a shorter period of time to cure.

The next step is to apply the colour, the colour I have used is Elite 99 Shimmer Wood Violet (6592). Once again I applied this in the same manner as the base coat, a very fine base layer and starting from the top of the nail working down.

Once the first coat has been applied this needs to be then cured again under the lamp for two minutes.

The nails then need a second coat of polish, applied in the same manner as the previous coat. Instead of curing this under the UV lamp you place the magnetic as close as possible but not touching the nail and hold for about 15-20 seconds.

After you have held the magnet over each nail you will see the effect straight away, the polish then needs to be cured once again for two minutes.

Once you are happy with the effect it has created you can then move on to apply the top coat. If you aren't happy with the result the beauty of it is you can apply another nail of polish and hold the magnet over again until you see the preferred result.

So as you can see, this is my final result and I am so pleased with it. The colour is so pretty, and the shimmer in it is amazing. I think the stripes add a really nice sophisticated look to the nail and I would definitely recommend the cat eye effect. I have 4 other magnets to try so I'm really looking forward to seeing the final effects of them all. Especially the love heart shaped magnet that I have bought.

What kind of nail polish's do you like?


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