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Saving Money On Beauty | At Home Gel Manicures

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Saving Money On Beauty | At Home Gel Manicures

Saving Money on Beauty

I love having my nails painted, but I’m a very busy Mom and they usually chip on day 1 of painting them.  I tried a salon gel manicure last year and LOVED IT, but can’t afford to have it done in the salon consistently.

Last month I posted a deal on a Sally Hansen Gel Manicure started kit.  For the price of one application at the salon, I figured it was worth a try.  I’m happy to say I LOVE IT!

How To Do a Gel Manicure at home

Here’s how I applied a Gel Manicure from Home:

1) Start with a Gel Manicure Kit (These are usually less expensive than buying all items separately) Each kit should include a UV light, Base coat, Gel nail color, Top coat and may also include acetone remover and alcohol pads.  I also recommend a small paintbrush (See step 11).

Here are a few to get you started:

Sally Hansen Gel Manicure kit (what I have)
Red Carpet Manicure Pro 45 Starter Kit
SensatioNail by Nailene Gel Polish Starter Kit, Raspberry Wine
(Prices vary)

2) Trim Nails to desired length (shorter is always better for me and helps keep nail breakage to a minimum)

3) Shape nails with an emory board

4) This step is optional.  You can apply a sunscreen to your hands to protect them from the UV lamp.

5) Use an alcohol swab to clean nail beds and remove any oils

6) I personally set up my nail “station” on a small table.  Be sure to protect the table in case anything spills.  It’s also fun to put on a show you love!  Do one hand at a time!

7)  Apply the base coat (generally labeled ‘1’ in the kits)

8) Place under lamp for 30-60 seconds. Each kit has different directions but I like 60 seconds.  If your kit has a small lamp like mine, you can do the thumb separate.

9) Apply nail gel color *Repeat step 8

10) Apply 2nd coat of nail gel color *Repeat step 8

11) Dip small paintbrush in acetone to gently remove any polish on your skin or clean up any lines.  If you have polish on your skin, it will make the polish peel easier and your manicure won’t last as long.

12) Apply top coat *Repeat step 8 (Nail polish is now set and you can use hand freely)

13) Repeat steps 7-12 on the opposite hand

14) Wipe each nail with an alcohol swab to remove any sticky residue.

The first time it may take you longer, but you’ll get faster and better results the more you do it.

My manicures now last up to 2 weeks or more.  My sister in law bought a kit and we will be sharing our nail colors.  Coordinate with a friend on colors and you can share and save money!

Check the prices in stores for kits and polish colors.  Also check the coupon database for coupons.


Here is my post on how to remove an at home gel manicure.