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How to: Carry Off Gel Nails

Mon, 11 March 2013 5:34PM

For the first time in a long time, I haven’t changed my nails every three (okay, two days). And as hard as it is to admit, it’s quite a different and rather lovely experience, thanks to a shiny new set of Bio Sculpture Gel nails:


As you know, I like to experiment with nail colours and nail art, which is why I had originally decided that gels, shellac and the like weren’t really for me. However, after trying a Bio Sculpture Gel manicure late last week, I caught up with Talya Bergmann, the Marketing and Operations Manager for Bio Sculpture Gel, where we talked all things gels, along with how – and when – to wear them. And let me tell you, Primpers, my mind was changed.

If you’re considering gel nails (or simply looking for the latest in celebrity nail inspiration) check out this advice before you make your next mani appointment:

“It all depends on how long you can handle wearing them,” explains Talya. “Nails are such a fashion statement so if you’re somebody who likes having a beautiful manicure, then they are a great option. With Bio Sculpture Gel, like skincare, we determine the best gel nail products for your particular nail type and we use product accordingly, so they suit and feel comfortable on your natural nail. On shorter nails, you should get up to four weeks of wear time, but any longer you might not be able to handle the re-growth. But we also do apply them on longer nails, and we can also help you to grow your nails if that is one of your aims. The options are endless!”


“What sets Bio Sculpture Gel apart from other gel products is the fact that we don’t use any bonders or primers to adhere the gel to the nails. The idea is to keep the nails underneath the gel super-healthy, so we use a Vitamin Dose and Cuticle Oil, $17.35, to ensure that the nail bed and cuticles are kept in excellent condition without any dehydration or damage done to the nails,” says Talya.

“The key to creating beautiful gel nails is all in the preparation work,” explains Talya. In other words, Primpers, it’s always important to care for your nails, especially your cuticles, not only because they feed the nail, but also because overgrown and unhealthy cuticles can cause your gels to lift. “As I mentioned, your gel nails can last up to four weeks, but once you get them removed, you’ll then receive a whole new set of gels. There are no in-fills, because once you remove them we like to treat and re-condition the nails before putting them back on.” Primpers, you can actually have a long-term relationship with these gels and continue to get them applied month after month without any damage done to your tips. Good one!

Bio Sculpture Gel nails are perfect for special occasions, like weddings, balls and the like because they provide a gorgeous, chip-free finish. With 180 shades in the collection, you can also mix colours to achieve your desired finish. Better still, Talya explains you can also experiment with nail art and textures, too. “We can do a variety of textures and finishes with Bio Sculpture Gel. All you need to do is choose your base colour and then we have everything from sequins to beads and feathers – even snakeskin – that we can apply to the nail, then cover with a special sealer gel to hold the design in place. However, if you are getting tired of your colour or texture, you can simply paint over it using another nail polish, and it will dry in seconds. But be careful when it comes time to remove them – only use a non-acetone based remover, as otherwise it could potentially ruin your gels,” advises Talya.

Like all nail polishes and gels, it’s best not to pick, or peel off the polish. Bio Sculpture Gel is a chip-free formula, so if you do happen to notice any lifting, all of the colour should slide straight off. “We do have a special gel remover which does contain acetone, but then we apply essential oils to combat any dehydration. Removal is similar to other gel nails; all you need to do is use a nail file to score the top of the nail which helps to make the gel porous. Then, dip a small piece of cotton wool the size of your nail into remover, wrap your nail in aluminium foil for 10 minutes and it should come straight off.

Details: Bio Sculpture Gel and products are available at salons nationally. Call 1300 246 435 for more information.

Also check out Orly smartGELS and OPI Gel Color Manicure

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 12 March 2013 07:29am

    Ive never had a gel nail mani done before. It does sound really fab. It would be a great option for when getting married.
    They also sound less damaging. Your nails look great hayley :)

  • Posted by: Jaimi Enthusiast // Tue, 12 March 2013 10:02am

    I love having gel nails, would love to get a kit so I can do it myself :)

  • Posted by: Alice // Wed, 13 March 2013 01:08pm

    I have been getting gels for a few months now – and absolutely love them!
    BUT I have run into a problem – my mum sent me an email which points to some studies that have been done proving that the UV light used to set the gel can seriously heighten the risk of skin cancer.
    Considering the strong stand Primped takes on suncare and preventative beauty could you provide a response to this?
    I will be applying zinc before getting any more treatments but this is a major issue that needs to be considered.

  • Posted by: Hayley Bennett Enthusiast // Wed, 13 March 2013 01:24pm

    Hi Alice,
    Thanks for bringing this issue up. If this is something you are concerned with, you can check out some information we posted at the end of this blog:
    For safety, you can apply a broad spectrum SPF to your hands, and also some salons offer fingerless gloves, so check that out with your manicurist, too. Alternatively, you can go with a brand of gels that use LED lamps to cure the gel as opposed to UV – both the Orly At-Home Kit and Bio Sculpture Gel use LED.
    I hope this information helps, Alice, let me know if you have any more questions.
    Hayley x

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 13 March 2013 04:34pm

    My friend had these done, and they looked amazing! but I definitely like to change my nail colour too often for these, also they’re not very cheap

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Wed, 13 March 2013 08:46pm

    Don’t know if I’ll be trying these out but they look nice!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 15 March 2013 12:15pm

    Sounds really good , sometimes its such a hassle to change nail colour when Im in a hurry. Would love to try gel nails! Love the shade of nail colour in the pic so pretty!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Fri, 15 March 2013 02:25pm

    I’m with Jaimi, I love Gel nails n am on the lookout for a kit to use at home!

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:27pm

    Looks amazing, will have to go out and try it!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 19 March 2013 09:36pm

    I love gel manicures but i prefer being able to change as and when i feel like it so i only use gel for occasions when im certain that I want a specific colour or look

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 21 March 2013 07:25pm

    I haven’t had gel nails for so long.
    In fact my nails have been boringly natural for over a week!

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 22 March 2013 11:35am

    I have never heard of gel nails before but they sound like a dream come true. Is it possible to do them yourself?

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sun, 24 March 2013 01:56pm

    I could never do this, I change my polish every 3 or 4 days or I get bored!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Tue, 26 March 2013 03:35pm

    Considering nail polish Does Not Last on my nails, this could be a great option for me…

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Thu, 28 March 2013 09:36am

    I really want to do this!

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Sat, 13 April 2013 03:31pm

    What a great option – especially for busy people.
    I’m so scared of salons though – scared of getting nail fungus.

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 3 May 2013 01:07am

    I’ve had shellac, bit how long it lasts depends on how well it’s applied, and I paid a fortune out at this really ritzy salon and it flaked within two days :(

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 10:36am

    I haven’t tried gel nails yet. I am intrigued though.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 12:29pm

    That is such a gorgeous nude polish

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Mon, 17 June 2013 09:34am

    I really like the look of these nails and the nude polish looks great.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 18 July 2013 11:34am

    love,love, love the nails!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 12 August 2013 07:55pm

    Gel nails is something I am yet to try. I love the glossy shine and some of the colours are out standing.

  • Posted by: essie Enthusiast // Sun, 16 February 2014 11:12am

    My mother-in-law has a gel kit, and she loves it. Maybe I should try it!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 11 June 2014 01:27pm

    Bio Sculpture is a good nail product.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 11 June 2014 01:28pm

    Its a good brand rather, I have Bio Sculpture Cuticle Care.

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