Another "gel manicure" hack to try. Clean, dry nails + 1 coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps Powerful Acrylic Gel (let it dry completely!) + polish of your choice coats did the trick) + 1 coat of Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat = Shellac fake-out!
DIY Nail Art After you have made your base coat paint your nails in the color you want. Then let some flour on your nail and press it gently. Tap/blow it there then carefully and leave it just dry up. Now apply a layer of nail polish of your choice.