Disclaimer:: Attempt at your own risk.
I’ve been getting my nails done for 20 years! I’ve watched intently. I’ve spent hours in the chair analyzing every move, every step; but by all means, that does not make me a qualified nail technician. Like the next girl, I love having my nails done. It’s just one of those things that makes me feel better about myself. I don’t need anything fancy, in fact, you’ll rarely ever catch me in something other than black, white or nude. That’s it. Done and done.
So working at the local dentist office, I see an array of manicures as I check in our patients. To my surprise, a lot of them do their own gel nails! WHAT? I thought. I mean, I know that all the supplies are out there, but I just never thought of taking the plunge. Time and time again, these ladies shock me with their ability to do a perfect french manicure, perfectly polished nails that they do themselves. If they can do it, why can’t I? I finally bit the bullet and asked one of my patients to give me the skinny. She literally sent me her entire Amazon cart and said this is it. How easy was that? I did some research, I racked my brain on which brands I typically gravitate towards at the salon and filled up my cart. Two days and $125 later, I’m attempting my first go at DIY Gel Nails.
Let me start off by saying, this shit takes practice and a steady hand. If you’re not good at painting your own nails, it takes some time. For me, yes, it is a learning curve. To date, I’ve been doing my own nails for 10 months and I’m still learning tips and tricks. In all honesty, I just do not have time to go sit in a chair and get my nails done every 3 weeks. I wish that I could but then I end up thinking about all the stuff that I could otherwise be doing or what we need and quite frankly the $65 for a gel mani and a pedi could be used for something else. That’s the mindset I’m at these days.
I usually pick a night where Brendan is at rehearsal or playing a show, I throw on the latest Keeping Up With the Kardashians and go to town. Doing it by myself does take a bit longer than it would at the salon because I can only do one hand at a time– I think I can get both hands done in under 50 minutes. So here we go, I’m sure you’re dying to know what I use.
PH Bond- Gelish
Foundation – Gelish
Any color of choice – I LOVE CND SHELLAC
Top Coat- Gelish
Nail buff/ nail file
So like I said, it’s a learning experience and after toying with a couple of brands, I like CND Shellac. It’s not as clumpy, it’s thin and it goes on even. At the salon, I would always choose Gelish- don’t ask me why, but I’ve completely converted. I buy off of Amazon and eBay.
I LOVE doing my nails at the house because I’m a major perfectionist. I hate the feeling after I get my nails done and something chips and I can’t get it fixed– I mean I can, but that involves me going back, getting an appointment and sitting down and making time for it. I just can’t. With that being said, I love having access to my own favorite colors, the tools that I need to properly fix whatever mess up needs to be fixed at any time and It’s just so much more cost effective. This doesn’t suffice to say that I don’t splurge and get my nails done once in a while, but when I do, I bring my own color just in case.
Final note– just remember this shit takes practice. Like, a lot of practice so keep at it. Want to see a video?? Let me know, I’ll hook y’all up.