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During Covid, weekly salon visits to maintain your gel manicure were not an option. We begrudgingly adapted and pampered ourselves — whether that meant dyeing our hair or giving ourselves a mani/pedi.
The upside of this was that we got to tap into our creative sides! And my creative side wanted to attempt to do gel nails at home. There was a lot of trial and error, but I’ve found some kits that are easy to use — and look almost as good as a professional set.
Will I ever go back to the nail salon? Probably, but in the meantime, I’ve ditched the salon and learned how to get salon-quality gel nails at home!
Keep scrolling for everything you need to do your gel manicure in the comfort of your own home.
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SUNUV UV LED Nail Lamp
The SUNUV UV LED Nail Lamp is a bestseller for a reason — it works well with all types of UV gel and LED gel nail polish, including nail UV-glue, builder gel, nail sculpture gel, gem glue, and LED nail gel.
Beetles Gel Nail Polish Kit
I love the Beetles Gel Nail Polish Kit because it comes with 20 cute pastel colors! In addition to the mini gel polishes, it includes both a glossy and matte top coat and a base coat.
Beetles Gel Polish Mermaid Kit
You want more colors? The Beetles Gel Polish Mermaid Kit has got your nails covered. The set comes with 20 vibrant colors, glossy and matte top coats, a base coat, and stickers to really make your manicure pop.
Beetles Gel Polish Modern Muse
I don’t usually play favorites but the Beetles Gel Polish Modern Muse set is my favorite way to get gel nails at home. I love the darker colors — especially the black. This set comes with 20 gel polishes, a base coat, and glossy and matte top coats.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit
If you want everything you need in one kit, the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit is perfect. It only comes with one color (red), but you can buy your own gel polish. It’s a great starter set for amateur manicurists and includes the LED curing light, base and top coats, cuticle oil, sanitizer, cleanser, and polish remover.
Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit
The Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit has everything you need to get a gel manicure at home, including an LED drying lamp, ‘Shell We Dance’ gel polish, base and top coats, and nail cleanser pads.
Have you given yourself a gel manicure at home? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!
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