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A gel manicure may be what you’re searching for if you’re new to nail polish and want to explore your options, or if you want to find a longer-lasting paint recipe.

The gel is renowned to be very long-lasting when compared to conventional nail paint, but unlike acrylics (or false nails), it is still a liquid composition that is applied straight to your actual nail.

If you want to try gel nails but don’t know where to begin, this article will walk you through the process of applying gel polish step by step.

We’ve gathered all of the equipment you’ll need, as well as the manicurist-recommended methods for the best application and some innovative ways to personalise your gel nails. Here’s what you’ll discover: 




First, there are the materials. Gel nail paint application necessitates the use of several types of equipment that you most likely already have in your at-home nail paint kit, but with a few crucial additions.

A UV/LED curing light is not only one of the most necessary equipment for flawless gel nails, but it is also one of the more distinctive aspects of the procedure. Let’s look at why it’s vital.

The process of drying gel nails is referred to as “curing.” The chemical reaction triggered by the light source swiftly dries your nails, preventing them from chipping or smudging soon after application. One of the most significant advantages of a gel manicure or pedicure is its short drying time. 


Gel curing, particularly gel paint removal, maybe drying for your nails and cuticles, therefore investing in cuticle oil helps to retain moisture in the epidermis or nail plate.


A cuticle pusher is utilised to expose as much of your nail bed as possible, allowing your nails to grow out more slowly under your paint.

Nail Buff

Another manicure kit need is a nail buffer. A nail buffer’s function is to lightly prime the surface of the nail to ensure that the surface of your nail is as even as possible for smooth application.

Nail File

When removing gel nails, avoid harming the natural nail below by using a nail file that is too coarse. A medium grit file can be used to remove gel nails. Before removing soak off gel polish, remove a hardened topcoat with a 180 grit nail file.


Nail clippers are used to shape the nail prior to a gel manicure. Do not trim your nails after applying gel paint. Cutting your nails after a gel manicure is likely to damage them since it breaks the seal at the tip, allowing the gel polish to flake off.


Rubbing alcohol is used to completely clean your nails before applying gel polish since it eliminates everything that might prevent the lacquer from adhering to your natural nail. You’ll also need cotton balls or lint-free nail wipes that won’t leave any fuzz on your nails to apply it.

Top Coat

A topcoat is what seals your gel polish and gives it that lovely sheen. If you don’t already have a gel top coat, S&L Beauty offers a starting package that contains all of the colours you’ll need to adore your gel nails.

Base Coat

With gel polish, a solid base layer is more necessary than with conventional nail paint. The base coat is what allows the gel to adhere to your natural nail, ensuring that your gel nails stay as long as possible.

Gel Polish

Finally, the exciting part. Choose your favourite gel colours or try something new! Pick one from our variety of beautiful and dazzling nail colorsat Beauty Store Orlando.