5 Step DIY Gel Manicure


Average nail salon gel manicure: $45 $1,080 annually
Average Do-It-Yourself (DIY) gel nail kit: $40 – $40 annually


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Tools Of The Trade

  1. Fingernail File & Buffer
  2. Ultraviolet (UV) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) Gel Nail Curing Lamp
  3. Gel Nail Polish Base Coat
  4. Gel Nail Polish (your fav color)
  5. No Wipe Gel Nail Polish Top Coat
  6. Handwashing Station

Sculpt fingernails into desired shape, gently buff surface layers.


Wash, rinse and thoroughly dry hands, removing oil and debris.


Apply a thin layer of the gel nail polish base coat.


Cure fingernails with a UV or LED lamp for 90 seconds.


Apply a thin layer of the gel nail polish.


Cure fingernails with a UV or LED lamp for 90 seconds.


Repeat Step: 4 ONCE to achieve desired appearance.


Apply a thin layer of the “no wipe” gel nail polish top coat.


Cure fingernails with a UV or LED lamp for 90 seconds.


That’s it. Go flex!


1000 EDT – Author/Illustrator: Madinah Slaise

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