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DIY at home gel manicure tutorial

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yay! i’m so happy to do this video for you because i plan on doing lots of nail art posts and videos in the future and this shows you the basic gel manicure technique… with a little glitter thrown in, i couldn’t help myself! i teased this DIY gel manicure last week here. i love the combo of the pale pink (Gelish ‘Light Elegant’) and the one silver glitter nail.

please check out this post where i break down all of the gel manicure and nail art supplies i bought and why – includes prices and everything! i also talk about why i love gel manis!

DIY At Home Gel Manicure

Prep It!

  • Sensationail Starter Kit $49 from CVS.com (comes with LED light, gel cleanser, gel primer, 1 polish color, base/top coat, lint free wipes, manicure stick, nail buffer.
  • other nail color if you would like – Gelish is sold at Sally Beauty and they have a ton of color options. Sensationail is sold at CVS and Wal-Mart and they sell other colors for $11.99
  • pot of glitter – i got a package of different colors by FantaSea from Amazon
  • dry brush to use as glitter sprinkler

DO IT!:

  1. prep your nails for a manicure by filing and pushing back your cuticles
  2. use the buffer to buff the surface of your nails a little
  3. use a lint free pad to clean your nails with the gel cleanser – don’t touch them after their cleaned because you will get your skin oil on them
  4. paint a coat of gel primer on your whole nail and nail tip
  5. paint a coat of gel base coat and cure in the light for 1 minute
  6. paint a coat of your color and cure in the light for 1 minute
  7. paint another coat of color
  8. sprinkle a layer of loose glitter over one or more nails while the second coat of color is still wet
  9. cure in the light for 1 minute
  10. paint one coat of top coat and sprinkle another layer of glitter then cure in the light for 1 minute
  11. paint one more coat of top coat over the nail or nails that have glitter to create a smooth finish and cure one more minute in the light
  12. use the lint free cotton pad with more gel cleanser to remove the stickiness and you’re done! dry and will last 2 to 2.5 week!

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