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The Easiest Way to Get a Professional Gel Mani at Home

Oprah Daily Logo By Brigitt Earley of Oprah Daily | Slide 1 of 11: A gel manicure can afford you up to three weeks of chip-free nails. The first step to perfecting the gel mani process at home is taking off any remnants of your last color with a strong nail polish remover (although some of these gel sets come with their own gel removers!!). Next, you're going to want to reach for one of these gel manicure kits. And if you're thinking "whoa, this looks intimidating", fear not, as most of these can be easily operated by beginners. In addition to the base coat, gel polish (or shellac, which is a type of gel polish made by the brand CND), top coat, and UV or LED light, many also come with basic grooming essentials like clippers and embellishments for nail art. Depending on your nail needs, we've rounded up a couple of gel nail polish kits to cover all bases - from the simple to the extras. No matter which one you choose—the Essie shade that doesn't require a lamp, or the comprehensive package that comes with seven summer-ready shades and nearly a dozen extras—one thing's for sure: You'll be a professional in no time. - Best on budget: Sensationail Gel Nail Polish Kit- Best Vegan Option: Manucurist Starter Kit- Best for Travel: One Step Gel Manicure Kit- Best Bundle: Gellen 12 Color Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit- Best for Beginners: Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit- Best for Nail Art: Stater Kit for Gel Manicure Beginner Nail Art Lover- Fastest Gel Set: Essie Gel Couture

A gel manicure can afford you up to three weeks of chip-free nails. The first step to perfecting the gel mani process at home is taking off any remnants of your last color with a strong nail polish remover (although some of these gel sets come with their own gel removers!!). Next, you're going to want to reach for one of these gel manicure kits. And if you're thinking "whoa, this looks intimidating", fear not, as most of these can be easily operated by beginners. In addition to the base coat, gel polish (or shellac, which is a type of gel polish made by the brand CND), top coat, and UV or LED light, many also come with basic grooming essentials like clippers and embellishments for nail art. Depending on your nail needs, we've rounded up a couple of gel nail polish kits to cover all bases - from the simple to the extras. No matter which one you choose—the Essie shade that doesn't require a lamp, or the comprehensive package that comes with seven summer-ready shades and nearly a dozen extras—one thing's for sure: You'll be a professional in no time.

- Best on budget: Sensationail Gel Nail Polish Kit

- Best Vegan Option: Manucurist Starter Kit

- Best for Travel: One Step Gel Manicure Kit

- Best Bundle: Gellen 12 Color Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit

- Best for Beginners: Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit

- Best for Nail Art: Stater Kit for Gel Manicure Beginner Nail Art Lover

- Fastest Gel Set: Essie Gel Couture

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