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Your bid is the same as or more than the Buy It Now price.You can save time and money by buying it now. I'm really excited for this blog post today because I've been thinking about it for a while. Upon hearing all of my old beauty school friends (who are now successful hairstylists) rave about their Shellac manicures, I decided to do my own research. Since I'm also a blogger and an avid DIYer myself, I went to the internet and blogs to try to find some good information on doing gels yourself at home. Before you decide to spend the money on a gel system, there are a few things you need to know about gel nails.
This is an amazing deal on a complete starter kit, including the LED lamp that cures in 45 seconds.
If you already have a lamp (or want to use a different brand) this is a great deal on the Basix Kit!
Read the entire tutorial thoroughly to make sure you understand each step clearly and have everything you need.
If you've applied all of the product correctly, your nails should be finished and glossy looking. If you follow all of these steps correctly and apply the product as directed, you will end up with a salon quality gel manicure at a fraction of the price by doing it at home by yourself. Now here's a look at the cost breakdown for doing them at home yourself: I spent about $125 for my set up.

Whether this sounds like a good deal or not is up to you because you also have to factor in the time you spend doing your own nails, as well as the quality of your finished manicure. Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Sally Beauty Supply, Gelish, or any other brand mentioned in this blog post.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. I've been playing around with the idea of investing in a gel nail system for myself so that I can do my own gel manicure at home.
I went to beauty school to become a nail tech and then ended up going back again to do hair.
I wanted to try Shellac, but I wasn't about to pay to have them done in a salon when I've been doing my own acrylics for years. I feel like with my professional knowledge and a little of my own trial and error, I've put together a pretty in-depth tutorial on doing your own gel nails at home.
Remember, you're going to be spending at least an hour on them, so make sure you have plenty of room to stretch your arms and legs and still not knock over or spill any of your product. Dirt and oils are everywhere, and those are the types of things that contaminate the nail during the application. There are no substitutions for any of the steps involved, so if you skip a step or an item, you will most likely ruin your manicure. This almost always leads to accidentally touching the tacky gel nails on something while you switch hands, or a step is forgotten or skipped. The number 1 reason most artificial nails fail to stay on properly is due to the nail not being prepped correctly. You want to pay careful attention around the cuticles and try to get as close to them as possible. Use an alcohol soaked lint free wipe to thoroughly dehydrate the nail and remove surface oils. Remember to seal the free edge first, then apply a thin layer to entire nail, and cure again. Go back up to the gray and white header that says "seal, apply, cure" and do all of the steps to these other 4 fingers. I've personally seen it as low as $22 and as high as $50 though, so $35 is pretty modest in my opinion. For me, my manicure looks just as good as one I'd pay for in a salon, so it's totally worth it to do them myself. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. However, I didn't have a ton of knowledge on gel nails until recently because we didn't cover them very much in beauty school. I was able to try out some of my friends' gel products and hear their personal experiences and testimonials. If you can't set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your first at home application then this is not for you. You'll need the Foundation Gel (base coat), the Gelish colored nail polish you want, and then Top It Off to seal your manicure.

This is not entirely necessary for doing your own nails at home, and you can substitute 99% Isopropyl alcohol instead- either is fine.
Grab a desk lamp and make sure your hand is directly under the light while you're applying the product. Before you begin, pull your hair back, put on a headband, go to the bathroom, have a snack, grab a drink, gather everything you need, make sure you have no distractions, and put your phone away! I know we just did this step in the prep, but I like to do it twice to ensure every bit of oil is off the nail plate. If you have sufficient coverage with only 2 coats then go ahead and skip ahead to Top It Off. Use Gelish Cleanser or an alcohol soaked lint free wipe to remove the tacky layer from the nails. Keep in mind that's also not including the gas it takes to drive to your appointment, the tip you might have to factor in, or the sales tax you might have to pay. So about halfway through the year you'd need to restock your Foundation and Top It Off, restock your colors, and update your color selection. I'm pretty convinced that with a little patience, practice, and if you study my method in this tutorial you can get great results with your gel nails too! It cures with a UV or LED light and as soon as it's finished curing under the light the gel is completely dry and hardened. You will not be able to use your hands in any way, regardless of how "careful" you think you might be. Your nails will be sticky and tacky and every little piece of dust or lint will stick to them, ruining your finished manicure. My nails lasted the full 2 weeks and were still shiny, with only a few very minor dings in the thumb and pointer finger of my dominant hand. Say you spend another $125 and get another Foundation, another Top It Off, and 7 more colors for your Gelish collection.
No joke- I went from doing my nails to washing dishes by hand just a few minutes later without messing up my nails at all.
If anything touches them or contaminates the nail or gel before the last coat is applied, the nails will not turn out correctly.
However, chances are if you're doing your nails at home, you are the only one using the products and this extra step for sanitation isn't necessary. Sure, I was able to follow the step by step instructions, but I don't need as much information as the average person because I have experience. I've also heard a lot of good things about some of the newer store bought kits with LED lamps in them (Like Sally Hansen), though I haven't used them myself.
After the entire nail is covered, wipe off your brush again and go over all 4 nails again to ensure that you have a very thin, even coat. So while I do have a better understanding of nails in general, I'm still very new myself to the whole gel thing. I realized that the average woman attempting gels for the first time was probably left feeling slightly confused by these tutorials.

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