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I am lucky to say that my sister in law is an amazing nail tech. When I lived at home, she was only 2 minutes up the road and I could get my nails done anytime!!
Unfortunately, when I moved, she is now about an hour and a half down the road….so I stopped getting my nails done. I’m the type of person who has to have their nails perfect or I peel off the polish. So I would have to go every other weekend to get them done, which sometimes isn’t feasible. So then I’d pick off the polish! And then they would be ugly…
So I decided to start doing my own nails. I’ve tried some of the “no light” gel polish, but it took too long to dry. I’m entirely too impatient to wait for the polish to dry. I’m spoiled by the LED light drying them in under a minute!
I knew I could buy the supplies on amazon, but I was holding off until I found the right stuff. A few weeks ago I was reading The Small Things Blog, and she posted about a system she bought to do gel nails herself.
It’s called the Gelish complete starter LED polish kit, and mine came with 5 colors. I know that Gelish is a reputable brand,as my sister uses their polish, and the kit had good reviews on Amazon.
It seemed a little pricey, but let me break down the cost savings for you:
*Every other week(for 1 year): $30
*Entire year: $780
*Every other week (for 1 year): $4.12
*Entire year: $99 (one time fee)
The gel polish runs anywhere from $13 to $40 depending on how many you buy and where you buy them …. I would buy them on Amazon personally, but just double check who you’re buying it from. I will link some below.
You can also buy different brands at Sally Beauty.
How to do a gel manicure
So now I’ll get into the fun part! A gel manicure is simple to do, you basically just need to know how to pain your nails, with a few more steps involved.
*When you gel polish your nails, be careful not to get it on your skin around your nail. If you do and then cure it, it will stick to your skin. This creates a problem because pulling it away will pull the polish on your nail as well
*If you do get it on your skin, I use a nail file to file it away.
- File, trim and clean nails. I always do this first. And I clip my cuticles too..but I’m no pro. Definitely look how to do this before you attempt it!
- Take the nail cleaner and clean off the nails on the first hand you do. I always start with my left. Take the pH bond and paint it on each nail.
- Next take your base coat and paint each nail. Then cure it under the light. Now the light I use has a preset timer. Make sure you’re curing it under the light per the nail polish directions.
*The amount of time will depend on the light you use. The one with this kit automatically turns off when you’re finished.
*Another tip, you will only be able to fit 4 nails at a time with this light. So I do left hand, right hand, then my thumbs.
4. Paint your first coat, then cure it with the light. Repeat this step until you get your desired look.
5. Paint your nails with the top coat then cure. This will be tacky, so wipe it off with the blue nail cleaner.
That’s it! And your nails are dry and you’re ready to go! My favorite part about gel nails is how fast they’re dry. I HATE waiting for nail polish to dry! I find that the polish will last two weeks before I need to redo them. For me, this is the same amount of time as going to the salon.
So if you’re looking for a great gel kit that has everything you need to get started, I recommend the Gelish complete starter LED polish kit. I’ve used it for a few months now and I’ve never had an issue!
What do you use to achieve a gel manicure at home?