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Why Are My Shellac Nails Sticky?

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Are your suffering from Sticky Shellac Nails…

Don’t worry it is 100% normal to have sticky nails after applying Shellac.


the fix is really easy to do.

**Don’t Do These 3 Things When Applying Shellac!
These are the top 3 things to avoid when applying Shellac. Believe me you will wish you knew about these things yesterday. I hope this helps you skip the frustration that often happens from Shellac messing up or not lasting 2 weeks.
Click Here To Download My Free Top 3 Shellac Mistakes

How To Remove The Sticky Residue?

In order to remove the sticky residue you are going to need:

1. Alcohol (People have found that almost anything with alcohol in it works.)
2. Cotton balls (rags, cloth, & q-tips work too)

Step 1: Soak the cotton ball in alcohol

Step 2: Rub each nail with the cotton ball.


Are You Applying Your Own Shellac Nails?

Over 25,000 women have come to me since Jan 2015 asking about Shellac, peeling, best practices, etc. I thought this free pdf would be a huge help to everyone.

Click Here To Download My Free Top 3 Shellac Mistakes. Enjoy!



*P.S. Feel free to message me through my facebook page with any additional questions you have about doing your nails. You can find the link to my facebook page through the facebook icon at the top of the website.

To see the exact steps for shellac nails click Step by Step Shellac Nails Tutorial.

Video Tutorial: Shellac Application
Compare the shellac application video to your shellac experience. It is so important that the process is done correctly.


If you have any other questions on why your shellac nails are sticky?, please leave a comment below.

8 Responses to Why Are My Shellac Nails Sticky?

  1. Amanda on January 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I have also discovered this evening (after running out of alcohol) that body spray from bath and body works will also work just fine!!!!
    LIFE HACK!!!

  2. Julie on September 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hello ladies. The first time I used shellac myself I had the same problem, my nails were very sticky. I looked it up online and it said to use rubbing alcohol after you’ve applied your last and final coat of shellac, so I rummaged through my cupboards and found a bottle of gin. I poured a drop onto a lint cloth and I rubbed over my nails – that seemed to did the trick but the correct alcohol you should use is isopropanol alcohol which you can buy online (I brought mine from amazon) and since using that it’s not been sticky at all. I hope this helps!

    • Hayley on March 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      So is rubbing alcohol still okay to use? It’s all I have.

    • lucy on April 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      or just use alcohol hand gel on a cotton pad

  3. Angie on August 2, 2013 at 12:39 am


    I’d like to take a shellac nail system with me as I’m moving to Saudi Arabia and will be away from anywhere to get my nails done. The problem is in Saudi Arabia you can not bring in or buy alcohol, or any products that contain alcohol (of any kind) and in the shellac process it says that you need it. Are there other things that can clean/prep the nail, and get rid of the stickiness after the top coat and final curing other than alcohol (or products that contain alcohol)? I’d really appreciate help with this.

  4. Pam on June 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Did you read the instructions or watch the video. It says to use alcohol with cotton ball at the end to remove the stickyness.

  5. Christine White on May 8, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Hi, I wonder if you can help. I bought all the correct items for doing Shellac Nails. I filed them, pushed cuticles back, rubbed the scrub on them, applied the base coat thinly and dried them under the UV lamp for 2 mins. They were very sticky so I used the UV lamp again for another 2 mins – still sticky so I put them under the lamp again and still sticky. So I decided just apply the Shellac nail polish anyway and they were still sticky after using the Lamp about 6 more times. I applied the top coat and they never did dry. When I got up the next morning they were covered in fluff and it just started to peel off and they were still sticky to the touch!!! What am I doing wrong? Hope you can help as I’m at my witts end now after having tried over and over again!!! Thank you Desperate Christine.

    • lizdaisley on February 15, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      i have just done my shellac nails for the first time .they were sticky so i used ‘acetone’believe it or not. and they are great. all chuffed i am

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