Skin/ Beauty / 21 Apr, 2020

How I Do A Gel Manicure At Home

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gel manicure at homeWith the stay-at-home orders and nail salons closed, I’ve had to do my own manicures and paint my nails for over a month now. I always opt for gel nail polish over traditional lacquers because they last way longer and can withstand daily wear and tear without chipping. Gel polish also requires no drying time, so you can get back to your normal activities as soon as you’re done. Fortunately, giving yourself a gel mani and removing them is easier than it sounds. There are so many at-home kits that you can buy now to get the same results as you would in a nail salon. Below are my favorite products to achieve a professional-looking gel manicure at home.

What you need…

Amazon

1. Gel UV Lamp

A UV nail lamp made specifically for gel polish.
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Tweezerman

2. Nail Block

This block allows you to file, smooth & shine your nails all in one go.
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OPI

3. Base Coat + Top Coat Set

I've tried nearly every gel polish brand out there and this one is my favorite.
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OPI

4. Gel Polish

I love milky, white nails. The color Funny Bunny is my favorite.
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OPI

5. Gel Polish

Here's the perfect nude color for the nails.
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Steps…

1. First, trim your nails so they’re all equal lengths. Then file and buff them out to smooth out any rough edges.

2. Apply the base coat, and place your hand under the UV lamp for up to 30 seconds. Most UV lamps have preset time control so you’ll know exactly when to take your hands out.

3. Next, paint your nails and place them under the UV lamp. I find that two coats are sufficient to achieve a nice, opaque color. Just remember to place your hand under the lamp between each coat.

4. Finally, apply the top coat and place it under the UV lamp for the last time.

5. To finish off the gel manicure, I like to add a few drops of cuticle oil to keep them hydrated.

Removing gel polish…

Auver

1. Gel Polish Remover

A quick way to remove gel polish without damaging the nails.
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Amazon

2. Nail Sticks

These sticks offer a gentle way to lift gel polish off the nail plate.
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Although I love gel polishes, they can be stubborn and tricky to remove. I’ve tried several kinds of remover but this one works best. You just need to brushed it on, wait a minute or two, and the gel polish will begin to release from the nail.

If necessary, I’ll use these nail sticks to get under any remaining spots and gently push them off. Just remember to dispose them after each use.

xo, Maria

 

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