Wanting to take the plunge into doing your own gel nails? It's easier than you might think…if you have the right supplies. Here are my five must-have products for doing your own gel nails at home.
1. NAIL DRYER
If you're going to use gel or shellac polish, you have to have a lamp to cure it in. The SUNUV dryer is the one I use. It is one of the best you can get for the price. It’s light is close to white, so it doesn’t damage eyes or skin. It has a one-button setting for 30-60 second timers, plus it has an auto sensor that turns the lights on when your hand is inserted and off when it’s removed.
If you prefer a LED lamp, the SUN2C is the way to go. It has four different timers and a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
2. PH BOND, BASE, TOPCOAT
This is a great price for the essentials. Unlike regular polish, you can't skip the base and topcoat. Each layer cures to the one beneath it. This is why gel nails last so long. The purpose of the ph Bond is to dry out the nail to prepare it for the base coat.
A manicure is no fun without a little color. Gossip Girl by Harmony is my go-to pink. Bright enough to get noticed but not crazy neon. It's definitely a color you can wear year-round.
4. POLISH REMOVER
A good polish remover is key to removing gel polish without completely drying out your nails. It's the remover that damages nails, not polish, and OPI's Expert Touch removes the polish in a shorter time than others I've used.
5. MANICURE STICKS
Since gel polish is cured in layers, some may still stick to the nail even after using remover. The flat side of MASH's reusable manicure sticks can lightly scrape off any polish that remains.
There ya go! These are the supplies I've personally tested and use for my own DIY at-home gel nails.