Colorful nails

Acrylic nails are so last year--2010 is all about gel nails. Photo: Getty Images


Attention all lacquer lovers and nailphiles: gel nails are the next beauty trend to become your biggest obsession!

Gel nails are a type of treatment where thin layers of gel are applied to natural or artificial nails and cured under an ultraviolet light (or with a special gel activator) to create a high-gloss finish.

Its already gain popularity in Asia and Eastern Europe because of its non-yellowing, odorless, and chip free formula that not only strengthens nails, but provides the perfect base for funky and flirty designs (often in 3-D). And with Calgel and Dashing Diva offering a variety of colors, we're sure gel nails will take off stateside.

Gel nails typically last for up to one month and costs start at $40--a chic and cost-effective alternative to the typical manicure. A professional manicurist can fill-in the gel nail where it has grown out (near the cuticle) or file them down and get creative all over again.

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