5 things to know about semi-permanent varnish

By: Maryton

What could be more frustrating than seeing your beautiful nail polish chipping just a few hours after applying it? The semi-permanent varnish is the solution: it offers a colorful and shiny manicure for 2 weeks. But before starting, it is better to know these 5 useful things.

What is semi-permanent varnish?

The semi-permanent varnish doesn’t really have the texture of a varnish, but rather that of a pigmented acrylic gel. As its name suggests, it can stay in place much longer than a classic varnish. With a semi-permanent varnish, you are guaranteed to have scale-free nails for about two weeks.

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How is the semi-permanent varnish applied?

The application of the semi-permanent varnish can be done either at home or in an institute. The first step is to perform a manicure to ensure that you have smooth nails. Then, they will receive 4 coats of varnish. The first layer is a base to protect the nails and ensure that the varnish lasts for a long time. The next two layers are those of the semi-permanent varnish itself. Finally, the fourth layer is what is called the top coat, that is to say the layer that protects the varnish and prevents it from flaking too quickly. Between each layer application, the nails are positioned under a UV or LED lamp in order to dry them for 30 seconds. There are now manicure kits to do your own semi-permanent manicure at home.

Semi-permanent nail polish, how is it removed?

To remove semi-permanent nail polish, it’s not as simple as a classic nail polish. The beautician will first protect the skin around the nails by applying an oil. She will then polish the surface of the nails and then wrap them each with cotton soaked in acetone and aluminum foil.

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Some institutes suggest soaking the nails in a bowl filled with acetone before removing the softened varnish with a boxwood stick. Filing the polish is really not a good solution, because it could remove the layers of keratin that the nails are made of. In any case, the varnish should not be kept for more than 3 weeks.

Long-lasting varnish: frequency of use

Semi-permanent varnish is the subject of much debate among beauty addicts. Some users approve of its effectiveness and the pleasure of having beautiful colored nails for several days, but they indicate that the nails come out damaged and weakened. Indeed, it is not recommended to abuse the semi-permanent varnish, otherwise the nails no longer see the sunlight and suffocate under the layers of varnish.

But to avoid this, just practice the semi-permanent varnish in a reasonable way: it is good to leave the nails natural for a few days, even a few weeks, before reproducing a semi-permanent varnish application session. Thus, the nails have time to strengthen and breathe.

Bonus info on semi-permanent varnish

If you bite your nails, a semi-permanent manicure is not recommended. This could damage them and weaken them even more.

Ok! Please start your nail journey at once! If you don’t have any manicure supplies, check out our Maryton website, where there are all kinds of nail products.

Read also: Should you match your fingernail polish to that of your feet?

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