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Type of Nail Polish for Your Nail Art (with Bonus Halloween Spooktober Nail Art Inspirations!)

Getting manicures or pedicures are good ways to keep your nails healthy by preventing ingrown but while we’re at it, why not make it look pretty and fun? The next time you get a manicure try putting some creativity into it and do nail art!

Before we get into some nail art inspirations, it would be better to explain first the different types of polish that can be used for nail art. Each of it has its perks so it is up to you which one suits you the most!

Types of Nail Polish

Soft Gel


Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty has its very own formulation of soft gel

If you are already a nail art fanatic, you probably know about soft gel as it is the most commonly used especially in Japanese nail salons. It helps strengthen the nails while correcting the shape. It doesn’t chip off so you can do household chores without worrying if it would ruin your manicure!

When to use: If you want long lasting nail color that can protect your nail beds without harming it
How to remove: Soaked off with acetone but since it lasts long there is lesser contact with acetone
How long it dries: 15 seconds by UV light
How long it lasts: 3-4 weeks

KIYOSA salon uses soft gel for all nail art sets and custom nail art services. Nail art price starts at P1,380. For those with short nails, KIYOSA offers acrylic extensions!

Gel Polish


Magelic gel polish is an authentic Japanese brand

For those who prefer a quick but still durable manicure, you can use gel polish. Intricate nail art designs are difficult to pull off using this, but the color choices are so extensive you can opt to have different color per nails! This is good for maintaining a healthy nail as it does not need sanding and easy to peel off after soaking with acetone. Plus, KIYOSA’s Magelic Gel Polish has collagen and Vitamin C which is good for your nails.

When to use: For thin nails and prefers to have a quick service
How to remove: After soaking off with acetone it would be easy to peel off
How long it dries: 30 seconds
How long it lasts: 1-2 weeks

KIYOSA salon is offering a promo for Gel Polish services! Get P280 OFF with Junior staff. Inquire now for more details.

Regular Polish


If you don’t have soft gel or gel polish at home, you can always use the trusty regular polish. Although it is not as long lasting as the previously mentioned nail polishes, it is still a good tool to use for experimenting with nail art!

When to use: If you want quick and easy to remove polish
How to remove: Soaked off with acetone but might damage nails due to frequent use
How long it dries: Surface dries in 1 hour and completely dries in 24 hours
How long it lasts: 1-2 days

IMPORTANT TIP: Damage is mainly caused by improper filing and use of acetone. These weaken the nail bed and cause thinning so it’s better to avoid them as much as possible. You also need to consider this when choosing with nail polish.

Halloween Spooktober Nail Art Inspirations

Halloween is a good time to play dress up! Here are a few ideas for Halloween nail art to spice up your costumes for those Halloween parties you are going to attend (virtually) or just for Instagram feed goals!

All these are customized nail art by KIYOSA nail technicians!

Pumpkins are a staple for Halloween!

Since it is already “-ber” months, mix Christmas with Halloween with this Nightmare Before Christmas inspired nail art!

Who says Halloween can’t be cute?

Check out this cute ghost nail art!

If you want simple Halloween nail art, you can choose from our existing nail art designs!

Want #KiyosaNails? Our nail art service starts at P1,380 depending on the design and whether it would be with a junior, senior, or Japanese staff.
You may book a reservation using our hotlines: 8805-8888 or 0939-915-8888. You may also request a reservation by clicking the “Web Reservation” button below!

KIYOSA Japanese Total Beauty branches are:
BGC branch: Ground Floor F1 Hotel, 32nd Street cor Lane Q, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Opens every Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM

Makati branch: Ground Floor The Palisades Condominium, Perea St., Legazpi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Opens every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM

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