I’ll probably use a few abbreviations, acronyms or terms that some might need a definition of so here is a list of some that may be used.
BM – Bundle Monster, usually used in reference to stamping plates.
Capping – refers to painting the free edge (tip) to help prevent chipping and tip wear.
CG – China Glaze
Deco – Decorative nail art pieces
Dupe – short for duplicate. Refers to one brand’s color looking like another brand’s color.
Flash Cure – curing in an LED or UV light for a few seconds. Helpful when doing nail art with gel polish
Holo – short for holographic. When light is reflected off holographic particles they produce a rainbow spectrum
IRL – in real life
RCM – Red Carpet Manicure gel polish
RNP – regular nail polish
SH – Sally Hansen
Shrink back – when a gel polish pulls (shrinks) away from the tips or cuticles before curing
Sog – soak-off gel. A type of gel polish that soaks off easily with acetone.
TIO – Gelish Top It Off gel top coat
Undies/Underwear – using a more opaque color under a more sheer color
VNL – visible nail line