You asked – here it is, how to do gel nails at home and on a budget! I’ll do the official blog post and update this once it’s been 10-14 days, but so far, I’ve had no issues with the products.
Last week, I asked you what you would do – 1) Get Them Professionally Done or 2) Paint Your Own Nails. Stuck at 50/50 for a good chunk of the day, 247 of you finally pulled through to win with painting my own nails. YAY!
After combing through my messages with recommendations and researching product reviews, this is what I ended up with.
How To Do Gel Nails At Home // The Products
- Gel Machine // It had GREAT reviews, was recommended by a couple of you. I wanted a light that was affordable, a full light that had only an opening where you inserted your hand (not an opening at both ends as it doesn’t cure the nails as well. It is UV Light, but comes with a set of UV protecting gloves. I loved that there was a timer to turn the light on and off, too. Plus it was on sale and under $30 + there was a coupon, so I snagged it for $20!
- Gel Polish Set // Awesome reviews, recommend. Plus, this is a set of SIX mini polishes, which is even better, because I KNOW I would not be able to go through a whole bottle and now I have six different color options for under $20! These come with different color set options, I went with the Nude Grays.
- Gel Base Coat & Top Coat // I already have the Gelish Brand of these, but evidently didn’t use them fast enough, so the Top Coat got all gross. I snagged these for under $8 (mini versions). They didn’t smell bad, they worked really well, and they say it makes your color last for 2+ weeks. We shall see!
- Cotton Balls or Cotton Rounds // I have a zillion of these at home, either works, but make sure you don’t get cheap ones. You’ll be using them to soak off your gel too.
- Soak Off Gel Polish Remover // This is a great option and has good reviews. You don’t have to scrap off a lot as noted in reviews and it smells like Coconut – win, win!
- Rubbing Alcohol // I used this after curing my top coat to wipe off any sticky residue.
How To Do Gel Nails At Home // The Process
- Clip and File Nails.
- Push Back Cuticles.
- Clean with Acetone/Wash Hands – no soap.
- Thin Layer of Base/Foundation Coat – This step is super important, be sure to get your whole nail + Cure – time may vary depending on what machine you have. I say at least 60 seconds minimum, but usually stay under for 90 seconds.
- Thin Layer of Color + Cure
- 2nd Layer of Color + Cure
- Top Coat + Cure
- Wipe with Rubbing Alcohol
That’s It! Took me about 30 minutes and I did each hand separately.
How To Do Gel Nails At Home // The Cost
I ended up spending about $50, since I did have some of these products already at home. But $50 on products that should last at least 1 year… that’s less than $4.17/mth and I usually do my nails every 2.5 weeks so that’s $2.xx per mani. Not bad.
I’ll keep ya lovelies updated!