Nails are prepped in the same manner as a basic manicure. Shellac is a hybrid of half nail polish, half gel. It’s thin and strong enough to be applied in thin coats on your natural nail with a neutral color and white polish applied to nail tips. Then, they are cured under a UV lamp for a brief time between every coat. Shellac has great flexibility and durability and typically lasts for two weeks without chipping or peeling.