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Everything You Need for an At-Home Gel Manicure

I think we can all agree that having a fresh set of nails makes you feel so much more put together. Your trips to the salon might have been a bit more limited this year, so why not put your nail tech skills to the test and do them yourself? Here’s the good news: it’s way easier than you think, and this is everything you need to get started.

Gel Lamp: You don’t need to go for an expensive lamp- this one is only $17 and will do the trick perfectly!

Gel UV LED Nail Lamp, $17, Shop Now

Manicure Kit: Before painting on the polish, you’ll need to push back your cuticles and file the surface of your nails.

7 in 1 Stainless Steel Nail Kit, $7, Shop Now

Base and Top Coat: You’ll need to make sure you put on a base coat so that your gel polish doesn’t peel off. This set also includes both a glossy and matte top coat, so you’ll never get bored.

Beetles Base and Top Coat Set, $9, Shop Now

Gel Polish: Once you start doing your own nails, you’ll quickly build up a pretty good collection of colors (and your friends will probably want to borrow them). This set from Beetles has six neutral colors to get you started.

Beetles Gel Nail Polish Kit, $12, Shop Now

Gel Nail Wipes: After you’re done drying your polish in the lamp, there will be a tacky layer that you’ll need to wipe off. After that, your nails will be fully cured. Rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad will also do the trick!

Gel Nail Wipes- 200 Count, $6, Shop Now

Bonus: This primer is my secret trick for making my manicure last for weeks. Just apply a light layer before your base coat, and you won’t have any dreaded lifting.

ProteinBond Nail Primer, $17, Shop Now

If you need help figuring out all the steps, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials — my favorite is NailCareerEducation. Enjoy your new manicure!

Emily is a senior at FIT studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she now lives in Brooklyn. In her spare time, you can find her watching reality TV or following a Chloe Ting workout video.
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