Chinese New Year Nails Step by Step

February 17th, 2021

February 17th, 2021

Karen Louise Gellux

To celebrate Chinese New Year Salon System nail expert Karen Louise created this design using Gellux.  If you don’t have Gellux products to hand then you can substitute them for others.  If you are using non-gel polish, remember to use a good base coat and to let each coat set fully before moving on to the next step.

Step One

File the nails to shape, push the cuticles back with the Gellux Cuticle Handy Manicure Tool (£6.95 +vat) and gently buff the surface of the nails with a white block.  Brush away any dust and wipe over with Gellux Prep + Wipe (£7.10 +vat).  When the nails are dry apply Gellux Fast Bond (£5.85 +vat) and let dry.  Then apply a thin coat of Gellux Easy Off Base Coat (£11.95 +vat) and cure.


Step Two

Apply a thin coat of Gellux Devil Red (£11.95 +vat) to the ring, middle and index finger.  Put a small drop of red onto a palette and drop of Gellux Top Coat (£11.95 +vat) and mix. Apply this to the thumb and pinky finger and then flash cure. Repeat, making sure to cap the edges.


Step Three

On the thumb nail using a fine detailing brush, draw a line down the middle and across the centre to create 4 squares. Then colour two opposite each other in Gellux Poker Face (£11.95 +vat) and cure. Using Gellux Purely White (£11.95 +vat) write Happy New Year in Chinese writing in each square on the thumb nail. Now go over this using Gellux Adios Amigo (£11.95 +vat) and cure.


Step Four

Using Gellux Black Onyx (£11.95 +vat).  On the middle finger sweep the brush from the bottom right side of the nail to the top left side.  Then, on the ring finger sweep the brush, still with Black Onyx, from the bottom left of the nail to the top right of the nail. Then, flash cure.


Step Five


On the pinky nail use a fine detailing brush to create your flower design, using Black Onyx. Now, fully cure.


Step Six

Now using Adios Amigo on the middle and ring finger use a small detail brush to draw a line halfway between the red and black.  Then, on the middle finger swipe back and forward with a light layer of Adios Amigo over the Black Onyx previously painted and then, cure fully.


Step Seven

Now add the details to your flower, using a small dotting tool and Purely White.  Using the dotting tool, dot around the flower created and add in shadows using Purely White to create dimension.


Step Eight

Finally, cure all the nails completely.  Apply Gellux Mirror Glaze Top Coat (£11.95 +vat) for high shine, making sure to cap the edges, and cure.  Wipe over with Gellux Prep + Wipe and apply Gellux Nail & Cuticle Oil (£4.35 +vat).

Salon System Gellux is available from wholesalers nationwide.



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