at-home gel manicure kit

HOW TO DO AN AT-HOME GEL MANICURE

June 3, 2021

A few months ago, I ordered an at-home gel manicure kit to save money and time by giving myself my own gel manicures. Once you get the hang of it (there’s a learning curve for everything), I can whip out a professional looking manicure in less than 20 minutes. Below are the steps and products I use, as well as a sped up Reels of me giving myself a manicure. I’ve been really into this 6-pack of bright fun colors for summer!

Click here to see everything I use and know that if you buy the kit, it comes with everything you need for prep and painting.

STEPS FOR AN AT-HOME GEL MANICURE

  1. The most important step is prepping your nails! Here is what I do:
    • Remove an old polish. I love this remover – apply, let sit for 5-10 minutes and peel off the gel.
    • Cut and file down my nails
    • Soak and cut or push down the cuticles
    • Buff the nail bed for a smooth surface
    • Wash my hands and scrub my nails with a brush to avoid any dust
  2. Apply clear base coat and cure under the UV light for 30 seconds.
  3. Apply color coat and cure under the UV light for 60 seconds. Repeat so you have 2-3 color coats.
  4. Apply top coat and cure under the UV light for 30 seconds.
  5. File down the tips to avoid chipping.

TIPS FOR AN AT-HOME GEL MANICURE

  • I like to complete one hand at a time.
  • It’s so important to use a light, steady hand to apply thin layers of each coat. The thicker the polish, the greater chance it will chip.
  • To make your manicure last longer, avoid washing your hands or picking at your cuticles.

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