Gel Manicure at Home

My favorite nail salon officially closed their doors, so it looks like I’m going to be doing a gel manicure at home for the time being.  Thankfully I’ve done gel manicures at home in the past, so this is nothing new to me.

I wanted to share some tips and advice as to the best way to get these manicures done at home. Right now – so many of us need to do things ourselves at home, so I hope this helps!

Gel Manicure at Home

Gel Manicure at Home


Usually when I get my gel manicures I’m spending around $30. It’s $25 for the manicure and I always leave $5 for a tip. When you start doing a DIY gel manicure at home you’ll quickly see just how much money you’re saving. This is one big benefit of doing this at home because it’s a great way to save so extra money each month. I estimate I spend around $50/month.

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You’re probably wondering what you need to be able to do a gel manicure at home. I’ll be honest with you, it’s a little bit of an investment (not crazy, I promise!), but it’s worth it in the long run if you keep up with it at home. I have a feeling that there’s going to be a ton of people out there who switch from salon to home nail salon!

OK… I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What do I need to do gel nails at home?”

Dark-Colored Nail Polish
Dark-Colored Nail Polish

Supplies Needed for Gel Nails – Gel Manicure at Home:

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  • Acetone nail polish remover (any kind!)
  • Cuticle remover and cutter for your gel manicure at home is important, too. If you’re looking for a good option, check out this trimmer for $15.97.
  • Nail clipper are imperative, especially if you’re grabbing Cuticle Trimmers. This Nail Clipper is a good one at a great price of $8.99.

Gel Manicure at Home

Steps for Doing My Own Get Nails at Home –  Gel Manicure at Home:

1. Make sure you’re starting off with clean nails. If you have nail polish already on them, make sure you take it off with some nail polish remover. If you have gel polish on your nails it’s a little more intricate. Grab some cotton balls or cotton pads and soak with the Acetone. Then add the Nail Polish Remover Clips and let them sit.

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2. Once you’ve let your nails soak for about 10-15 minutes, take the clips off and start scrapping off with the cuticle remover that came with your trimmer. If you’re having trouble, let the nails soak longer. This shouldn’t be a crazy tough task, so make sure it’s not.

3. Once the polish is off, take the opportunity to cut your nails down to your desired length.

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My nails…

4. File, buff and cut your cuticles. If you see any hangnails cut those, too. Just make sure (as they do at the nail salon) that your nails look clean and perfect for polish.

5. Take your BASE COAT and apply on each nail. Once this is applied pop your nails under the light for about 60 seconds. You want to make sure you get a good coat on each nail and make sure you give it a good dry under the light. Many lights come with a timer, so make sure you keep tabs on that, too.

6. Take your desired gel color and apply a coat. Once each nail has a coat, dry them under the lights for 2 minutes. Make sure you get a solid 2 minutes on each nail.

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7. Apply another coat and repeat.

8. Depending upon your color, you might want to do a 3rd coat. I prefer 3 coats when I do my white color. I feel like you get a really good look with 3 coats. This is all up to you and what you prefer.

9. Take your TOP COAT and apply on each nail. Make sure you dry for 60-120 seconds. This is key and your final step for the process.

10. Just like they do at the salon, after your nails have dried with the top coat grab some rubbing alcohol and wipe each nail down. The stickiness will go away after this wipe down!

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I’m telling you, it’s SUPER EASY gel nails at home tutorial to do this at home. I hope this answers your – Can you do gel manicure at home? – BECAUSE, YES!!! Do you need to get used to it? Yes.

Will one hand be easier than the other? Yes. You can totally tell I’m right handed when I look at my gel manicure at home. You will get better in time! I just love this option right now because it’s important to make sure we’re staying healthy.

Gel Manicure at Home

If you’re looking for a pedicure – take all of these steps and just apply to your feet! Easy as can be! Reasons Why I Love my Gel Manicure.

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 3.19.20

    I didn’t even know I could do this at home!!!

  2. 3.19.20
    Jennifer said:

    That is an awesome idea! I love gel, but I never have time to go get them done. What a great option for an at-home manicure!

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