An Easy Way To Make Your Gel Manicure Look Incredibly Chic While It's Growing Out

Filling in the spaces between your cuticles and the gel with dark polish looks SO COOL.
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Filling in the spaces between your cuticles and the gel with dark polish looks SO COOL.

I have a huge problem with peeling my nail polish off every time I paint my nails. I just can’t stand it when there is a tiny chip or crack. I can not! 

To avoid this problem and save money, when I get a manicure at an actual salon, I opt for Gelish (why is it called Gelish? Is it sort of gel? Gel-ish?) so that I can have pretty nails for longer and I won't feel the need to compulsively pick and peel. 

The problem I have encountered recently, though, is gel manicures can look yucky while growing out.

This is a week and a half of growth.

This is a week and a half of growth.

In order to resist the temptation to peel off my gel manicure and completely wreck my nails, I need a quick and easy fix to make the regrowth look intentional and chic. I don’t want to be the laughing stock of my community.

Necessity always seems to breed innovation, and I eureka'd the perfect solution for this. 

All you will need is: 

• a tiny paintbrush

• a contrasting colour of your choice (I chose Sally Hansen Navy Baby)

• something to push your cuticles back (I love my Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil from The Body Shop for pushing back and nourishing my cuticles at the same time) 

• something to remove excess nail polish that will get on your cuticles (I used a Mavala Correcteur for this, but you can use your little paintbrush with some nail polish remover for a cheaper and just as effective alternative).


Before starting, push your cuticles back like you normally would. This will expose even more bare nail, which is what we will be concealing. 

From there, all you need to do is take your paintbrush and fill in the spaces where the manicure is growing out. You will probably get nail polish on your cuticles because you usually don’t work so close to them, but it is easy to remove with the Correcteur or paintbrush and remover.


If you have any chips anywhere else on your nails, you can even fill in a solid outline all the way around the nail and you will have a chic outline manicure. Any mistakes won’t really matter, because you can remove them with nail polish remover without affecting the gel manicure underneath.

What do you think? How do you deal with a growing-out gel manicure? Have you tried Allegra's nail-sticker trick?