How To Do A Gel Manicure On Your Own & At Home
Did you know that, on average, women spend £1,200 per year on their manicures and pedicures? A lot of women love to treat themselves with beauty treatments, and almost everyone wishes for a spa-like experience! Are you one of them as well?
However, what if we told you that you can actually save that money and still end up with the exact same results from the comfort of your home?
Here's how to do beautiful gel nails in only 7 simple steps!
Gather Your Supplies
You will need several different products & items that you can find at any bigger drugstore, mall, or online. Before you begin the process, make sure that you have:
- A UV or LED nail lamp - this item is crucial since gel polishes can't dry down on their own. A UV lamp can last you for years, and it is the only ''pricey'' item from our list.
- Acetone - use acetone to remove any traces of dirt, as well as any leftovers from your previous manicure.
- Cotton pads - you will need 3-4 of these to wipe your nails.
- A cuticle remover liquid - if you want to have those smooth & shiny cuticles.
- A nail file - you should use a 100/180 grit nail file.
- Nail clippers & a nail buffer - both of these items will help you maintain your nails and get them to perfection. With your nail clippers, you will get the perfect shape, and a nail buffer will remove any unwanted shine & excess oils.
- A base coat - it works as an amazing primer for your product application.
- Your gel polish - you can use any colour that you like, you can explore your options right here.
- A top coat - you should set the colours in place with it and ensure the longevity of your gel nail polish.
- Hand or nail cream - it will help with dry hands & cuticles. You might experience a bit more dryness than usual after placing your hands in the UV lamp.
Once you find all of these items make yourself comfy, spare around 60 minutes of your time, turn on some music, and enjoy the process!
Prepare The Nails
If you have gel polish on already make sure you remove it with the right products. This also applies to your nail polish.
Use cotton pads and soak them with acetone. Place these on your fingernails and wipe away the product.
If you are trying to remove a gel manicure, you should prepare yourself an acetone soak and keep your nails in it for 15 minutes. However, if you want something that is even easier (and faster to use) go for the Bluesky pre-soaked acetone removal wraps!
Once the colour is off, scrape off any unwanted excess.
Use a nail buffer and a nail file to achieve your preferred length & shine! Your nail buffer will remove any excess oils from the nail bed, which will allow for even gel polish application.
Shape-wise, you can go for anything easy and convenient for your everyday wear. Some women prefer the oval shape, while others are all about the square! Luckily, the choice is up to you.
Take Care Of Your Cuticles
Apply the cuticle remover liquid to your cuticles and rub in the product. Once it settles use a steel cuticle remover and a scraper to push back and down your cuticles. Scrape them off your nails and make slow & gentle movements.
If you are not as precise or if you are not that comfortable with removing your cuticles, just leave them as they are! On the other hand, you can ask your sister or your mom for help.
However, some manicurists don't remove the skin around your nails since they believe that it protects your natural nails. This trick may work on women who have super thin, short, sensitive, as well as brittle nails.
If you are a nail biter, rather leave everything as it is (you will need additional protection). You could use a Bluesky Cuticle oil for deep moisturizing properties, as well as healthy & nourished cuticles!
It's Time For Your Base
Now once all of your nails are prepped it is time to prime them!
You should apply a thin layer of a base coat gel to your nails, and cure them under the UV light for 2 minutes!
Apply the Bluesky base coat gel evenly yet in thin layers. If you are not that comfortable or confident in your product application, you can always use a nail brush! These are even smaller brushes which will allow you to place your polish evenly and without it smudging or smearing over your cuticles.
Add A Gel Polish
Now comes the fun part - your favourite colour!
You should apply the first coat over your previously primed & cured nails.
Start at the bottom and drag the product upwards toward the nail. We highly recommend (and love) this shade by Bluesky, called Lolita (a ravishing nude)!
If you end up making a mess, simply take a q-tip and a bit of acetone to remove the excess product.
Once applied and in place, cure your nails under a UV lamp for 120 seconds. After that, do the next coat of your gel colour. Cure it as well.
PS: Some ultra-light and pastel colours may need more coats. You can add up to three colours if they are quite light and washed out.
Use A Top Coat
Once you're satisfied with your pigmentation level, it is time to set your nail polish in place.
Your manicure will look even prettier once coated in one extra layer! We highly recommend Bluesky ultra shine top coat! Satin finishes will suit you if love the glossy outcome, or you can go for a matte top coat if you like mattified textures.
Cure this polish for 60 seconds with a UV lamp.
One coat will be just enough for set & long-lasting results.
Bring Back The Moisture
The last step to high-shine & salon-like nails ends with moisture! You should bring back the hydration to your nails, fingernails, and arms with either a hand cream or a moisturizer.
Your hands may feel a bit drier than usual, but that is because they've been exposed to UV lights for 5-8 minutes.
Wash your hands thoroughly & use a cream afterward!
Enjoy Your New Nails!
Ready for your beautiful DIY nails? You can have the prettiest manicure this Summer, just follow these 7 steps!
Let us know what colour is going to be your Summer essential, and also tell us how satisfied you're with your new salon-like nails, we would love to know!