How to Give Yourself the Perfect Gel Mani

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If you’re used to keeping your nails on fleek all the time, not being able to go out to the salon to get your manicure may have hit you hard this year. But don’t despair, you can still have beautiful gel nails from the safety of your own home. It may require some skills, patience, and specialized tools, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nail lamp
  • Cotton pads
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle cutter and/or cuticle removal cream
  • Nail clippers or scissors
  • Nail buffer block
  • PH bond, base coat and top coat
  • Gel nail polish

First, remove any polish you have on with acetone. Then you’ll want to remove your cuticles. The best way to do it is to use cuticle removal cream followed by a cuticle scraper and clipper.

Cut your nails to your desired length and file to the shape you want. To help your polish adhere better, buff your entire nail surface.

Wash your hands clean and apply PH bond to your nails, followed by a thin layer of gel base coat. Cure under your light for 2 minutes. Apply however many layers of your polish color you want, curing each for 2 minutes. Finish it off with a gel top coat. Cure for 2 minutes.

And it’s that simple. Enjoy your beautiful new mani!