Everything You Need for a Salon-Quality Gel Manicure at Home
Getting my nails done keeps them looking nice and also cuts out my bad habit of biting my fingernails. But getting a bi-monthly gel manicure is costly. Plus, with the pandemic going on, I want to stay as safe as possible and avoid unnecessary outings. So, I've learned to do my nails at home. (And I've mastered the art of removing my polish.) You can do your own professional-looking manicure right at home, too, even if you've never attempted a gel manicure at home.
Before you attempt an at-home gel manicure, you'll need to get a few supplies. First, you'll need a gel-based polish. There are many different brands, but they're all formulated to provide the same result: To give you a chip-free manicure that lasts 10 to 14 days. But unlike traditional polish, the gel doesn't air-dry. It hardens thanks to an LED (or UV) lamp. This list features several lamps, polishes, and kits that include everything you need for a gorgeous at-home manicure.
If you're new to doing your nails, don't worry. With just a little practice, you'll become better and better each time you paint. Plus, you'll be saving plenty of money as a gel manicure costs anywhere from $35 to $50 at a salon. Who knows? You might become a total pro and exclusively do your nails yourself.