The Best Tools for an At-Home Gel Manicure
Bring the salon into your own home.
Turn your favorite nail polish into a gel manicure with this easy kit. Either mix your nail polish of choice with the gel, or just use it as a top coat and let your digits set under the included LED light. The finished product should last up to two weeks.
To buy: $24; target.com.
If you're always on-the-go or doing your nails on the fly, this is the system for you. The tool can cover four fingers at a time (do your thumb separately) and is so light you can keep it in your purse for last-minute touch-ups. It also comes with a USB, so you can plug the light into your laptop or cell phone charger. Choose from over 60 polish colors ($13; sallybeauty.com), sold separately.
To buy: $35; sallybeauty.com.
While this set is a little pricier, it includes everything you need for 10 gel manicures at home: an LED lamp, gel base coat, gel nail color, gel top coat, nail cleanser pads, acetone remover, cuticle stick, buffer, and file. This set includes a light pink polish called "Shall We Dance," but is also available in two other colors.
To buy: $60; walgreens.com.
This set gives you a salon quality gel manicure over and over—but you'll only have to pay for it once. It includes everything you need to DIY a gel mani, plus everything you need to take it off. Use the included red polish, or choose from a plethora of Red Carpet Gel Nail Polish colors ($10; ulta.com).
To buy: $50; ulta.com.