For those of you following me on Instagram I know that you have been patiently waiting for this tutorial to be posted! Gel Nails are a favorite of some people because you can get up to 14 days of wear time out of them and still have that gorgeous, chip free, and newly polished look for two weeks. For me, I have no interest in paying upwards to $30 or more for gel nails from the salon I would much rather find a way to do it myself. DIY Gel Nails are a great alternative to the salon & for me even more spectacular because you don’t need a curing lamp and the gel polish that you need ‘Gelous‘ you can grab from Sally’s for $5.99. Having the ability to do DIY Gel Nails for that cheap & at home will save you a pretty penny in the long run!
The lovely Bethany, from PitterAndGlink sent me a video of a DIY Gel Nails tutorial so I went out and grabbed what I needed insistent on being able to achieve this look at home and I am so glad that I can share it with all of you! I had to tweak a bit of what these other tutorials were showing because they would still chip fairly soon, so I feel like my last two steps are what really made this rock!
I have to tell you, I usually change my polish once a day… Every two days at the most but I wanted to be able to show you guys just how amazing this little $5.99 trick is so I forced myself to rock the same color on my nails for seven days, for the first time in over two years. I made it, and the best part most you got to follow along on Instagram and see daily photos showing that there was no chipping in site and just how shiny these nails stayed all the way to day seven. I am confident in saying this is as good, if not better then any gel manicure at the salon. I am thrilled that I can share with you DIY Gel Nails! I’m obsessed! Now, the moment you have all been waiting for..
NOTES FOR DIY GEL NAILS
*When I say ‘let dry’, I let it set for about 45 seconds each time before moving on.
*For the top coat, I used Seche Vite but you can feel free to use whatever you have one hand; just be sure it’s a good quality because certain top coats will bubble. *Removal is easy, I used 1 cotton ball for all 10 fingers. I do use 100% acetone remover to remove my polish.
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*For anyone having issues with the ’45 second’ dry times, be sure you’re applying in thin coats and you could try dipping in ice water after the manicure sets for about 5 minutes.
*When I say thin, I really mean thinnnnn! Like barely there strokes.
*Like I said you can use ANY polish, just keep in mind that different brands are going to get different results. I’ve found that China Glaze, Barielle, and Sinful Colors polish work the best! OPI, Essie, Wet N Wild, & Sally Hansen it really seems to be a matter of which shade I choose, some work great and some not so much, it’s kind of a toss up at this point! I tend to reach for China Glaze first when doing this manicure.
*Same thing with the top coat, I have found and heard from others that Seche Vite has worked the best. I’ve tried it with a Julep top coat and it was an absolute failure so I think it really depends on the formula of what you’re using. China Glaze, Gelous, and Seche Vite seem to play nice together!
P.S… I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING ALL OF YOU WHO FIND ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG ME IN YOUR FINISHED DIY GEL NAILS PHOTOS OR EMAIL ME PICTURES!! THEY LOOK AMAZING!! THANK YOU!!
Did it live up to the 7 Day Chip Test? Hell yes!! I typed all day on a laptop, scrubbed my kitchen floor and my bathroom all while rocking this manicure and it never came close to chipping. I completely believe it would have lasted a full 14 days but I just couldn’t handle having the same color on my nails any longer! This is the perfect DIY Gel Nail manicure and for only $5.99 & under 10 minutes of ‘work’ what more could you ask for?