How to Do Your Own Gel Nail Polish at Home

Opt for a home manicure instead of blowing dough at the salon.

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Once a month maintenance on your hands and feet can end up costing a pretty penny! Many gals on a tight budget opt to do their nails at home. But for those who love a gel nail polish manicure, this may seem impossible. Just like a regular manicure, a gel polish manicure involves a base coat, two layers of color and a top coat. The big difference is that between each layer the nails are dried under a UV nail lamp. The end result is harder nails that stay chip-free for weeks instead of days. With the purchase of a UV lamp and several simple steps you can create a fab set of gel nails in the comfort of your own home!


Wash your hands with soap and water and towel dry. You don't want any dirt or dust on your nails that may get caught under the polish.


Clip your nails down to your desired length.


File the tip of each nail until it is smooth and rounded. You don't want any rough edges that may scratch or snag.


Use your cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles.


Paint a thin layer of your gel nail polish base coat on each nail. Try not to get the base coat on your cuticles. If you do, simply wipe it away.


Let your nails dry for 1 minute under the UV nail lamp.


Wipe away the base coat's tacky surface using a nail wipe.


Paint a layer of your color gel nail polish on each nail.


Dry your nails under the UV lamp for 2 minutes for dark colors and 1 minute for lighter colors.


Repeat Steps 7 and 8.


Paint each nail with a thin layer of your gel nail polish top coat.


Dry those nails under your UV lamp for 2 minutes.


Nourish your cuticles by applying cuticle oil to the skin surrounding each nail.


Show off your fab at-home manicure!

Things You'll Need


1.UV nail lamp

3.Color gel nail polish

5.Nail clippers

7.Cuticle oil

9.Nail file


2.Gel nail polish base

4.Gel nail polish top coat

6.Cuticle pusher

8.Nail wipe



Tips & Tricks


Don't paint too thick of a color coat on each nail -- you don't want lumps and bumps of polish ruining your manicure.

This same series of steps works for pedicures as well.

Gel nail polish lasts for 2 to 3 weeks, so pick a color that goes with just about anything.

UV nail lights emit UV rays.

Gel nail polish is much harder to get off than regular nail polish.


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