At Home Gel Manicure

Well it has been awhile since I did a Blog Post! I took a break from blogging/social media, but have been back to it now for a few weeks. With everything going on and not being able to go out, I figured it was the perfect time to dedicate a post to an at home gel manicure!

Full disclosure (as always) I am no expert. This is what I have found that works for me!

Here are a few tips before you get started:

Tip 1: Less is more with gel. Do not use too much polish.

Tip 2: Start your manicure by wiping your nails with rubbing alcohol and end it with wiping them again.

Tip 3: Try to avoid getting polish on your cuticles. This leads to easy peeling.

First off, you need an LED UV Nail Lamp. Second, prep your nails like you normally would i.e. file, clip, cuticles, etc. Then follow these guidelines below:

Using a cotton ball rub each nail with rubbing alcohol.

Use the gel base coat and put hand under lamp for 60 seconds.

Put your first coat of color on your nail (remember less is more) and put it under the lamp for 60 seconds.

Apply your second coat of color and you guessed it put it under the lamp for 60 seconds.

Lastly, put on your gel top coat. You will then put it under the lamp for two rounds of 60 seconds.

Finally, rub each nail with another round of rubbing alcohol. This solidifies the gel nail polish.

And that is it! It lasts just as long as if you went to the salon! It has taken me awhile to find a good base and top coat. I found all my items on amazon! See this link for all products!

As always, go get that glass of prosecco!

Cheers, Megan xoxo


As always, here is my disclaimer. I am by no means an expert or a licensed nail technician. What I am about to share is what works for me!

For as long as I can remember I have always painted my nails and took care of them. I cut, file and trim my cuticles. Here are some easy tips that work for me:

  1. Always take off nail polish before getting in the shower. Nail polish remover is so strong. So I have always felt like showering right after really gets the remover all off. Here is the remover I use.
  2. Remove cuticles when soft, most likely after your shower. Be careful the tool can be sharp. I use the Revlon cuticle remover and have for as long as I can remember.
  3. Next, file and cut your nails. Only cut if you really need to.
  4. Put on some Burts Bees Cuticle Cream. Ya’ll this stuff is the best!
  5. Okay, you are ready for polish! Obviously I can’t pick your color! (See some of my faves below) Always do a clear base coat, two coats of your color (unless you feel the color needs more), and then one top coat. Here is my absolute favorite top coat-

Now, you just have to let them dry. That top coat actually dries pretty fast! Some of my favorite polishes are:

-OPI Be There in a Prosecco (obvs!)

-OPI Bubble Bath

-Essie Gel Couture Wearing Hue?

-Essie Gel Couture Pre-Show Jitters

-Essie Fiji

-OPI Aurora Berry-alis

-OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

-OPI O Suzi Mio

As you can see it is really nothing fancy! Side Note- I also love to go get gel manicures! 🙂

Now go fill up your glass of bubbles! I have Sparkling Rose tonight!!

Cheers, Megan xoxo