Everything You Need For a Flawless Gel Manicure at Home

Everything You Need For a Flawless Gel Manicure at Home

Everything you need for a Flawless Gel Manicure at home


Gel nails are taking the beauty world by storm, and our Instagram feeds are loving it!


While getting your nails done at a local salon is a relaxing experience, some days we don’t have the time or money to spare for a booking. Learning to do your nails from home is a great way to get your dream manicure in minutes and have polished, flawless fingers for any event. Keep reading for a step by step walkthrough of everything you will need to master a professional-looking DIY gel manicure.


Beware: Perfecting this routine may lead to your family and friends bombarding you with messages to do their nails too!


Step One - Prep the Nail

Nail Dehydrator

The crucial step in a gel manicure is the prep before the polish!


Cutting your nails to equal lengths and filing any rough edges is the key to getting that perfect, clean salon-style nail. You’ll then want to take a nail buffer, and buff the entire nail edge to edge to remove any buildup of natural oils that will damage the longevity of your gel manicure for the perfect base.


Pro Tip: Use a Nail Dehydrator like this one to reduce excess nail oil for the perfect foundation. Just swipe onto the clean nail and wait a few seconds to dry.

Step Two - Cuticle Guard

Cuticle Guard

This is your secret weapon to the most flawless gel DIY manicures - cuticle guard! The MoYou Latex-free Skin Guard is a liquid cuticle guard that can be applied around the nail and allows you to instantly remove mistakes like they were never there!

Simply apply a layer to your surrounding skin, let dry before applying gel polish and peel off with a pair of tweezers when you’re done! An essential in any at-home nail art kit.

Step Three - Gel Polish

Now our nails are prepped and ready to be painted, we can go in with our first coat of a Premium Gel Polish in our preferred shade, applying the polish evenly to the edges of the free nail.


The MoYou Premium Gel Collection is entirely cruelty-free and vegan and comes in a variety of colours. These durable and high-quality polishes can provide up to 20 days of chip-free wear to help your flawless manicure last as long as possible! Browse the full shade range here.

Step Four - LED Lamp

Led Lamp

With our first layer applied, you’ll need an LED Lamp to cure the gel polish like this one here. At an affordable price point, the MoYou LED Gel Lamp provides you with professional looking manicures in moments by holding your nails for 30 sec under the LED lamp or 1-2 min under the UV lamp.


Apply another layer of polish and repeat the process for a second coat. Look at those gorgeous shiny nails!

Step Five - Top Coat

To finish off, you’ll need to peel off your cuticle guard and apply a layer of the MoYou No-Wipe Matte Top Coat to seal the deal! Cure your nails one more time and just like that, you have a gorgeous gel manicure to last for days! 


Not too difficult, right? Just 5 easy steps and products to achieve that Insta-worthy manicure! Make sure to tag #moyoulondon if you try this routine out, we’d love to feature your creations!

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