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A Beginners Guide to Gel Nail Polish at Home

Most women love getting their nails done and with good reason; your nails look shiny and healthy, and it makes quite a difference to your overall appearance. The part of getting gel nail polish done at a salon that we all hate, is the cost!

What if we told you that it is possible to do your own gel nails at home for a fraction of the cost? Would you jump at the chance? Well, you can. In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know to get started doing your own gel nails in the comfort of your own home.

What you will need

While there is an initial outlay of money to get started, the money you save in the long run far outweighs the price of the equipment.

  • Nail file
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Cotton Swab
  • LED Nail Lamp
  • Orange Stick
  • Buffer
  • Gel base coat, gel color coat and gel top coat

Hint: If this is your first time, you may find that purchasing a gel nail kit is the cheapest and easiest way to get everything you need in one go.

First step: The Preparation

Firstly you will need to remove any current nail polish and then cut your nails to the desired length and shape them if you wish.

Push your cuticles back with your orange stick and then use your buffer to take the shine off your nails.

You will then need to use the isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab thoroughly clean the nails and remove any dirt and nail reside from buffing left behind.

Second Step: Base Coat

Apply the base coat to your natural nail and get as close to your cuticle and nail edges as you can.  It is important that you do not touch your skin or cuticles at all, as doing so will cause your gel nail polish to come off before it should.

Next, cure the base coat with your led nail lamp. When curing is finished, your nails with be tacky – this is normal.

Third Step: Apply Color

Apply the color to your nails the same way you did the base coat. Don’t forget to cure your nails with your nail lamp afterward.

Depending on the brand of gel nail polish you are using, you may want to apply and cure 2 – 3 coats. The more coats you apply, the more vibrant the color will be.

Fourth Step: Top Coat

Apply the top coat to your now colored nails and cure. Be careful to cover the entire colored surface, as missing any will cause your nail polish to chip and crack sooner than you would like.

Fifth Step: Remove Tacky Layer

Use Isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs to wipe off the tacky layer.

Sixth Step: Enjoy!

There you have it! You have just completed your very own gel nail polish manicure at home.

If it didn’t turn out exactly how you like it, then don’t worry.  Each time you do your own gel nails, you will get better at the techniques used and will learn what works with your particular gel polish brand and equipment.