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Sick of Paying For Gel Manicures? I Got Everything I Needed For Less on Amazon

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  • In-salon gel manicures can be expensive and time consuming.
  • Many people are trying their luck with at-home gel manicures.
  • One editor pieced together the perfect kit from Amazon for DIY gel manicures at home.

If you want something done well, do it yourself — and if you want to stop paying $35 every two weeks, buy some supplies and learn to do your own at-home gel manicure. Regular manicures are very important to my overall self-care routine, but the price tag that comes along with shiny gel nails often isn’t feasible, even for those with a bit of disposable income. A couple years ago, after paying $65 for a pedicure and a gel manicure, I hit a wall.

I logged on to Amazon and proceeded to spend two hours piecing together the perfect gel kit. I didn’t want to completely overspend — after all, I’m trying to save money here — but I also wanted to buy nice materials that would give me the same quality as a salon manicure. I bought a total of six products, but I also had an existing cabinet full of cotton balls and nail files. That said, if you don’t have the basics, you may need to invest slightly more money.

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My first go-around was tense. Painting your nails is generally a low-pressure activity when you can just wipe off the polish with some remover, but gel requires a whole new level of precision. If you mess up, the fix may require you to completely file off your polish and start from scratch. I’m not terrible with a polish brush, and I made it all the way to the topcoat layer until really screwing up. I’m a topcoat fanatic, so I heaped healthy dollops on my thumbs . . . then watched the viscous liquid slide down onto my skin and instantly harden under the UV lamp. However, I clipped off the excess and filed down the shellac, and my thumbs looked near flawless. You can see the finished product above — not bad for my first try, hunched over my bathroom sink, eh?

Ahead, I rounded up the best items for at-home gel nails. Whether you’re looking to create the best at-home gel-nail kit from scratch or you just need to stock up on a few items, keep scrolling for the best options.



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