Gel nail sets have conquered the beauty market in recent years. They are a great way to get an amazing manicure effect without leaving home. With them, you can enjoy a dazzling-looking manicure for a longer period of time, without the need for touch-ups and spending money at beauty salons. The gel polish is cured under a UV or LED lamp, so your nails are shiny, chip-resistant and their appearance lasts for weeks.

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Advantages of gel nail sets


Another advantage of gel nail kits is the ease of application. The process usually involves applying a base coat, two layers of gel polish and a top coat, with each layer cured under a lamp for several minutes. Many kits also come with tools such as nail files and cuticle clippers to help you achieve a professional-looking finish.

There are also many gel nail kits that can be customized to suit different needs and preferences. Some kits may include a large selection of colors, while others may focus on providing a basic set of tools for beginners. Some kits may also use LED lights instead of UV lights, which provide faster results and are more energy efficient.


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Note, however, that gel nail sets may not be suitable for everyone. The UV or LED lamp used to cure gel polish can emit UV radiation, which can be harmful to skin and eyes if proper precautions are not taken. It is important to wear protective gloves and goggles during the curing process, and to follow instructions carefully to minimize the risk of exposure.

In addition, the process of removing gel polish can be more complicated than traditional nail polish. It usually involves soaking the nails in acetone for several minutes, which can be drying to the skin and nails. It is important to use good quality acetone and to moisturize your nails and cuticles after removing the polish.


Must-haves of gel nail sets


The key to achieving perfect gel nails is to have the right tools and products in your gel nail kit. Here is a list of absolute must-haves:

  • UV/LED lamp,
  • Base coat,
  • Gel polish,
  • Top coat,
  • Nail prep solution,
  • Nail file and buffer,
  • Gel nail polish remover,
  • Cuticle pusher,
  • Cuticle oil,
  • Alcohol wipes,
  • UV gloves.


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UV or LED Lamp


One of the most important components of a gel nail sets is a UV or LED lamp. These lamps cure the gel polish so that the effect lasts for weeks. A UV lamp uses ultraviolet light to cure the polish, while an LED lamp uses light-emitting diodes. Both types of lamps work well, but, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, LED lamps are usually faster and more energy efficient. When choosing a lamp, pay attention to its size and how many bulbs it has. A larger lamp can cure more nails at once, while a smaller lamp is more portable and easier to store. A lamp with more bulbs will cure polish faster than a lamp with fewer bulbs.


Base Coat


A good base coat is essential for a long-lasting gel manicure effect. The base not only helps the polish adhere to the nail, but also protects the natural nail from damage. It is important to choose a base that is specifically designed for gel polish, because only then will the effect last long. The base should be applied in a thin, even layer. It is important not to apply the base coat on the skin around the nail, as this can cause lifting and chipping of the polish. If the basecoat gets on the skin, use a wooden cuticle stick to gently remove it before curing.


Gel Polish


Of course, you will also need the gel polish itself. There are many different colors and brands to choose from, so it’s important to find a brand that suits you and that has a good reputation among other stylists. Gel polish is thicker than regular nail polish, so it’s important to learn how to apply it in thin, even layers. This will help prevent chipping and ensure that the polish cures properly. When applying gel polish, it is important to apply it to the free edge of the nail. This means that a small amount of polish should be applied to the tip of the nail to seal it and prevent chipping. It is also important to avoid getting the polish on the skin around the nail, as this can cause the polish to lift and chip.


Top Coat


The top coat is just as important as the base coat for a long-lasting gel manicure. The top coat seals in the color and adds shine, while also providing an extra layer of protection. Like the base coat, you’ll want to choose a top coat that is specifically designed for gel polish to ensure the best results.


Nail Prep Solution


Before applying any other products, it is important to properly prepare your nails. A good primer will help remove any oil or residue from your nails, ensuring that the gel polish will adhere properly. Look for a primer that is specifically designed for gel polish, as it will be gentler on your nails and will not damage them. To apply the primer, simply apply it to a lint-free tissue and wipe each nail with it.

Nail File and Buffer


To create a smooth and even surface for the gel polish, you’ll need a good nail file and buffer. Choose a file with a medium grit, as this will be gentle enough to use on the natural nail but strong enough to file down any rough edges or bumps. Use the buffer to smooth out the surface of the nail and remove any ridges. It’s important to use the nail file and buffer gently, as excessive filing can damage the nail. File in one direction rather than back and forth, and be sure to file the edges of the nail as well. Use the buffer to gently smooth out the surface of the nail, making sure not to over-buff and weaken the nail.


girl preparing her nails for manicure


Gel Nail Polish Remover


Gel nail polish remover is an essential tool to have in your gel nail sets, as it is specifically designed to safely and effectively remove gel polish without damaging your nails. Unlike traditional nail polish removers, which can be harmful and drying to the nails, the gel nail polish remover is specifically designed for a specific purpose and is therefore gentle and nourishing.

Cuticle Pusher


A cuticle pusher is an essential tool for any nail set, but it’s especially important for gel nails. Pushing back the cuticles before applying the gel polish will help ensure that the polish adheres properly and lasts as long as possible. Choose a gentle cuticle pusher that won’t damage the nail or surrounding skin. To use the cuticle pusher, gently push back the cuticles using a circular motion. Be sure not to push too hard or damage the surrounding skin. You can also use the cuticle pusher to remove any excess polish from the skin around the nail.

Cuticle Oil


Cuticle oil is a must-have tool in gel nail sets as it helps to keep the cuticles healthy and moisturized. Cuticles are the thin layer of skin that surrounds the base of the nails, and they play an important role in protecting the nail bed from bacteria and other harmful pathogens. However, cuticles can become dry and cracked, which can lead to painful and unsightly hangnails.

Using cuticle oil regularly can help to prevent this from happening by keeping the cuticles moisturized and healthy. Cuticle oil is typically made from a combination of natural oils, such as jojoba oil, almond oil, and vitamin E oil. These oils are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which help to nourish and protect the cuticles.

Alcohol Wipes


Alcohol wipes are another essential item for your gel nail sets. They’re used to remove any oils or residue from the nail after using the nail prep solution, ensuring that the gel polish adheres properly. They’re also used to remove any excess polish from the skin around the nail. To use the alcohol wipes, simply rub them over each nail to remove any oils or residue. You can also use them to remove any excess polish from the skin around the nail.

UV Gloves


UV gloves are an optional, but highly recommended item for your gel nail sets. They’re used to protect your hands from the UV rays emitted by the lamp, which can be harmful to the skin. UV gloves are typically made of a thin, breathable material that allows you to use your hands while wearing them. To use the UV gloves, simply put them on before curing the gel polish. They’ll help protect your hands from the UV rays emitted by the lamp, keeping your skin safe and healthy.


manicurist choosing nail gel with a client




In conclusion, gel nail sets require a few key essentials to ensure a long-lasting and beautiful manicure. A UV or LED lamp, base coat, gel polish, top coat, nail prep solution, nail file and buffer, cuticle pusher, alcohol wipes, nail clippers, and UV gloves are all must-haves for creating the perfect gel nails. With the right tools and products, you can have salon-quality nails in the comfort of your own home. It’s important to choose high-quality products that are specifically designed for gel nails to ensure the best results. When using the products, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and take your time to achieve the perfect manicure. With practice and patience, you’ll be able to create beautiful gel nails that last for weeks.

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