I recently posted my gel nails I did at home and I had quite a few people reaching out asking how I did it and where I found everything. I will tell you it took me over an hour to find things that were not sold out or coming in May! So here are links to everything that I used and as of now they are all available to be delivered within the week 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!
Step 1: Gel Removal
Cut 10 rectangles out of tinfoil to use to wrap around your fingers. I make them pretty big so they don’t slide off.
Get a nail file and start filing the top of the gel nail polish so the shiny part is gone
Get 10 cotton balls or cotton rounds. Soak in acetone one at a time and place on nail then wrap one piece of tinfoil around your finger. I press on the nail when wrapping to make sure it’s doing the job!
Continue to do this for all 10 nails and wait for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes check to make sure they are starting to lift or peel a bit on the sides. If not, wait a few minutes longer – you can also put more acetone on to make sure it speeds up the process.
Once they look like they’re ready to come off use a scrapping tool to scrape off the gel nail polish. I used this set which did the job very well! I also used it to push my cuticles back after I soaked them.
Get the nail set I used to scrape off gel and push my cuticles back by clicking here!
Step 2: Cut nails and file
Once they’re all off, cute them down to your desired length and file. I then soaked them for about 5 minutes with some soap and body oil I had at home.
Once they’re soaked I used the same nail set as above to push my cuticles back and clean up my nails.
Buff the top of the nails to make sure the gel nail polish is all removed and your nails are ready to get painted.
Get your base coat, nail polish and top coat ready as well as your Gel Nail Polish Lamp!
I love OPI and found these ones that are available now. This site also has some other great nail polishes that I used.
I literally searched for over an hour trying to find a lamp that looked good and was available soon. I found this one and I love it. It has several time settings and the greatest part is it’s cordless! You can charge it up and bring it with you wherever you go. It’s also big enough to do your feet if you also do gel on your toes.
Step 4: Polish time!
Apply a thin layer of base coat and put under the light for 60 seconds.
Then apply 2-3 coats of your desired color and each time I did 60 seconds for each hand under the lamp.
Lastly, put on the top coat and for each hand do 60 seconds twice!
Take another cotton ball and this time soak in rubbing alcohol and wipe off the top coat that feels a bit sticky. Don’t worry, once you put the alcohol on it the sticky part will go away and you will have shiny and beautiful nails!
**This was my first time doing my own nails so they are certainly not perfect but with practice I think I’ll get better!
Link to lamp above
Step 5: Perfect nails!
Afterwards I file around the nails to make sure they all look good and put on some cuticle or body oil on my cuticles as they just went through a lot and want to keep them nice and healthy!
Hope this helps 🙂