How to Do a Glam Gel Manicure at Home

Amanda Bellantoni
by Amanda Bellantoni
13 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do a gel manicure at home.

If you’re looking for perfect nails but don’t want to spend the money going to a salon, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Nail file
  • Crystal file
  • Buffing cube
  • UV protective glove
  • UV lamp
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail dehydrator
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton pad
  • Cuticle oil
Filing nails

1. File your nails

Grab a nail file and file your nails in one direction. This can be tricky to do, but it is very important so that you don't peel or split the nails.

Round out the top of the nails to take a bit of the length off.

I recommend using a nail file that has a finer and a grittier side so that you have the option of which one to use.

Smoothing nails

2. Smooth nails out

Once all your nails are reshaped, go in with a crystal file to smooth them out.

With this file, you don’t need to be afraid of using the back-and-forth motion as this file is much more gentle.

Cleaning up nails

3. Clean up

Next, go underneath each nail and pick out any dust or filings so they don’t get stuck in the polish.

Prepping nail bed

4. Prep the nail bed

Use the nail file to lightly buff the perimeter of your nail around the cuticle area and up the sides.

Then, take a buffing cube and lightly go over each finger. Once done, rinse your nails off.

Wearing UV protective gloves

5. Put on UV protective gloves

Pop on some UV protective gloves, as these will help to protect your hands when they’re under the UV lamp.

Pushing back cuticles

6. Push back cuticle

Gently push your cuticle back.

Applying nail dehydrator

7. Apply nail dehydrator

Now apply a nail dehydrator, which will remove any oils and dust from the nail plate, and get it ready for your first coat of polish.

Applying base coat

8. Apply base coat

Apply a nice base coat on each fingernail and try to cap the edges.

You don't want to use too much polish for this step because we are going to be doing two coats of color and a top coat as well.

Remove any polish that you may have got around your nails, and then put them under the UV light.

Applying first coat

9. Apply first coat

Now, it’s time to apply the first coat of polish. I’m going with a light milky pink color.

You want enough polish that the nail is going to be covered, but you don't want too much that it's going to be gooey and thick.

Cure the first coat once done.

Applying second coat

10. Apply second coat

Proceed to add the second coat for more color saturation, and then pop your nails back under the lamp.

Applying top coat

11. Apply top coat

Next, apply a clear, glossy top coat.

Make sure to cap the edges of your nails and then cure the final coat.

Wiping nails

12. Spray with alcohol

Spray your nails with isopropyl alcohol and then rub them down with a cotton round. This will cleanse the nails.

Filing nails

13. File nails

Take your crystal file and lightly file the edges if you feel anything sticking or poking out.

Applying cuticle oil

14. Apply cuticle oil

The final touch is to apply some cuticle oil to each finger and gently rub it in.

How to do gel manicure at home

How to do gel manicure at home 

And this is how I do my nails at home, I hope you enjoyed following along!

I’m so happy with how these nails turned out. They also hold up so well that even a week after you’ve done the manicure, it will still be in perfect condition.

Give them a go, and let me know what you think!

Suggested materials:
  • Nail file
  • Crystal file
  • Buffing cube
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