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How to do Gel Nails at Home | DIY Tutorial


With our lives getting busier by the day, time at the nail salon is becoming more of a luxury rather than a necessity. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go without fabulous-looking nails. Discover how you can DIY salon-quality nails from your very own home with our article – HOW TO DO GEL NAILS AT HOME.

Welcome to our tutorial for preparing your very own Gel nails at home. Even though there is a little bit of investment upfront for the materials and equipment, you can rest assured it will pay itself back quickly. Not only will you save the time spent travelling to and from AND waiting at the salon, you will also save a few dollars in the process.

However before we get into the tutorial, let’s quickly recap what exactly gel nails are and why are they so popular.

What are Gel Nails

Gel nails – also known as shellac nails – are a great option for those who want durable, long-lasting nails.

Gel nails are strong due to their thickness and gel consistency when compared to regular nail polish or acrylic nails. Meaning they are less likely to chip or get damaged in your daily comings and goings in life. This is great for those who can’t afford to sit around and wait for regular nail polish to dry.

They are versatile and come in a variety of colors that will match any nail art design you may want. Gel nails are also easier to remove than regular nail polish – making it easier to maintain a glamorous look.

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One of the main shortcomings of gel nails is that they are applied to your natural nails. So, unlike acrylic nails, they cannot extend the length of your nails. This is why it is important that you maintain healthy nails with a good nail-care regime.

Gel Nails at Home

Ok – here is the step-by-step tutorial for creating salon-quality gel nails in your very own home. The process involves layering the nails with specific gels. This is important to maintain the health of the nail and surrounding skin. It also adds to the strength and long-lasting traits of gel nails we all so desire.

Equipment you will need:

  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Nail File
  • Nail Buffer
  • LED Light (UV Light)
  • Bonding Polish
  • Foundation Gel
  • Colored Gel 
  • Gel Sealer
  • Nail Cleanser
  • Cuticle Oil

How to do Gel Nails at Home – Step-by-Step DIY Instructions

Perform routine Nail Care (clean and sanitize your hands. Push back cuticle)
Clean the natural nail base
Manicure the nail into desired shape
Gently buff the nail so the natural shine is removed
Clean excess dust and treat fresh layer with a cleanser
Next, apply a thin layer of foundation gel, ensuring you are covering the edges of the nail.
Apply a thin layer of bonding polish to the natural nails surface
Place hand in the LED Light for 5 minutes (or UV light for 1 minute)
Once the foundation gel is baked, you can apply the gel color of your choice. Make sure you cover all edges from cuticle to the tip. Then place your hand in the LED light for 20-30 secs (or 1 – 2 minutes for UV light)
Pro Tip – if you want a stronger, darker color tone for your nails, you can repeat this step until desired color is achieved.
Seal off the nail with a thin application of Gel Sealer. Harden the sealer under the LED lights for a further 20 sec (or 2 minutes under UV light)
Polish off the surface of your newly applied nails with a cleanser
Finish off your nails by applying cuticle oil to the surrounding skin to maintain the health of your nails.


If you commit to investing in the materials and equipment at the beginning of your DIY Gel Nail Art Project, after just a few sessions you will see the dividends pay off in money and timed saved.  

The first few times are challenging, however, once you get the hang of it, you will be sporting salon-quality nails every day of the week! 

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