Blog Quick & Easy Gel Nails at Home

Quick & Easy Gel Nails at Home


Mastering your own gel nail manicure at home just takes a little practice and a good method.  Follow these simple steps and put your personal touch on your Nails. 


You will need a Curing Lamp!


Start by Removing your old Polish

sNails Gloves

Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Buy on Amazon


To get a great manicure at home removing all the existing polish is essential for your NEW manicure to apply smoothly.  (Especially important if you are removing any glitter)


All you have to do to remove your old polish is put on a Pair of sNails Gloves – sNails are single use, recyclable gloves, with the acetone and cosmetic pad inside the fingertip…individually packaged and ready to use… and while you’re waiting, use your phone or tablet and find some inspiration for a new design.  Once your polish has softened remove the gloves and the old polish…any remaining polish can be gently lifted off with an orange stick.  Average time to remove gel is 20 Minutes, but some take longer…if you require more soak time simply put the gloves back on, you can also reverse hands and use the clean side of the cosmetic pad…

sNails Gloves lock in the strong acetone smell!


Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water after.


Clip & File






Clip nails first, if necessary.  It’s all about personal choice, short nails, long nails, or anything in between. File gently, moving in one direction to get your tips square, round, or somewhere in between. The shape trending this year is “ballerina”. 


(Ballerina nails are essentially the stiletto nail, but with a square rather than pointy tip.)


Push back your Cuticles


Use Cuticle Remover – Not Oil or Butter – Cuticle remover removes dead skin and exfoliates the area.  Cuticle Oils and butters are used to moisturize, after you’re finished…

Then push back gently with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria so keep them soft, and avoid cutting them.


Apply Primer


primer should be used at the very start of your gel nail manicure to prime the nail. Primers will remove any remaining oils and grease on the nail plate, which can otherwise lead to your base coat not adhering to the nail. It also prevents the creation of any air bubbles for better adherence


 Apply a Base Coat

Base coats to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping, thin coats work best for gel polishes.


Now for the fun part

Apply Color


OPI Gel Color - Malibu Dreaming - 2021 Summer Nail Colors


Apply 2 Coats of your Favorite Gel Color


Cure according to instructions on your choice of polishes.

Finish with a Top Coat


A topcoat protects your manicure from chipping and adds shine to nails—you won’t want to skip it, this step expands the lifespan of the paint job you just worked so hard on. A word of warning: Be careful when you put your topcoat on, since a messy application can ruin your entire manicure.


Apply Cuticle Oil or Butter



Follow these steps and you’ll impress everyone with these DIY Nails.







%d bloggers like this: