Gel manicures are super glossy, smooth, and last forever. What’s not to love? Well, not everyone is a great candidate for shellac or gel manicures. If your nails tend to be thin, brittle, or your cuticles are sore or cut, then they may not be able to handle a gel treatment, or the acetone soaks required to remove them.
But, since the gel craze began, many nail products have come out claiming to give gel-like effects at home, without UV curing or acetone soaks. Though there are some good gel-like polishes out there, what really matters is taking your time to do each step properly. Here’s how to give yourself a home gel manicure: