DIY At Home Gel Polish

DIY UV Gel Nails

Many salons are full these days with people getting Shellac or Gel UV set manicures. They are not like acrylics, being a gel paint that ‘cures’ on your actual nail and lasts much longer than a traditional manicure.

Get GREAT Gel UV set nails at home on your own! Natalie at has a great how to and we have summarized some of it for your here – –

Notes – an at home gel manicure will not last as long as a salon manicure, unless you are a professional nail artist. Buff your nails EXTREMELY rigorously, the rougher the nail, the better the gel will stay. Natalie shares that the base coat never works very well for her, but she recommends using a regular nail polish instead of a base coat, but you need to wait until it is COMPLETELY DRY before applying the gel color, if it isn’t the gummy polish will stay gummy underneath the hardened gel coat and do damage to your nail. There are not as great a variety

Here is the basic HOW TO that will come with any gel product you purchase:

1. Prepare nails by washing hands, drying hands, pushing back and/or trimming cuticles, buffing the nail bed aggressively, and topping off with a swab of rubbing alcohol.

2.  Apply gel base coat. “Cure” for 30 seconds under the UV lamp. (4,5)

3. Apply first coat of gel color. Cure for two minutes under UV lamp. SUPER THIN coats! THIN as thin as you can! Use as little polish as possible each time! (6,7)

4. Apply second coat of gel color. Cure for two minutes under lamp. When applying run the brush horizontally around the edges and tip, this will prevent chipping and peeling later. Do not let the gel get thick or heavy near your cuticles – this is where the polish will want to peel later, just remember THIN, THIN SUPER THIN coats! (8,9)

5.  Apply gel top coat, again very THIN. Cure for three minutes under UV lamp. (10,11)

6. Clean nail with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. (The top coat remains kind of waxy and sticky until this step.) (12)

To remove use a Gel Remover Solution or Straight Acetone soaked cotton pads and wrap around your nails with plastic or foil on the outside and wait for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes the polish will peel off in a nail shaped piece, this is oddly satisfying in an preschool peeling dry glue off your hand sort of way.

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