How To Do Shellac or Gel Polish Nails at Home

Shellac Nails at Home

Want Shellac Nails at Home?  Can’t afford to keep paying £30 a time to get your shellac done? Why not think about investing in a kit so that you can do your own Shellac or gel polish nails at home?

You do need to buy a few things for your kit so you can do it properly, but once you’ve purchased that, all you really need to spend money on are the different colours, so it’s a good investment.  You can purchase everything that you need online at eBay or Amazon, at Salon Services or Sally Beauty Supply. Or you can buy a kit with it all in there to save you shopping around such as Sensationail or Red Carpet Manicure.  It depends what you prefer.

 Here’s what you’ll need for a classic Shellac or gel polish manicure:

Shellac Nails at Home



  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers or scissors
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle tool/cuticle pusher
  • Nail primer/dehydrator (you can often get a prep
    and wipe product which is a 2 in 1)
  • A towel
Glittery Red Shellac



  • A 36 watt UV Lamp or 12 watt LED lamp
  • Shellac or Gel Polish topcoat
  • Shellac or Gel Polish basecoat
  • Shellac or Gel Polish colour(s)
Red Baroness Shellac



  • Gel wipe/inhibition layer removal solution
  • Cuticle oil
  • Lint free squares

And here’s how to give yourself that Shellac or Gel Polish manicure.  The most important thing to remember is – don’t get any of the coats on your skin.


  • Wash and dry your hands
  • Trim and shape your nails to your preferred shape
    and length
  • Use your cuticle tool to gently remove cuticle from
    your nail plate
  • For Gel Polish (not Shellac) gently buff your nail
    plate just to take away the shine
  • Use some nail dehydrator/prep+wipe on a lint free
    wipe and wipe each nail to prepare it


Shellac Dark Lava







  • Shake your bottles of polish before starting (Shellac and Bluesky Shellac especially)
  • Wipe excess product from the brush onto the inside of the neck of the bottle before apply so it’s nice and thin
  • Apply a thin layer of basecoat, as you would apply a nail varnish
  • Paint polish over the tip of your fingernail to ensure long wear
  • Put in the UV lamp for 2 minutes or LED lamp for 30 seconds (Gel Polish) – 10 seconds for Shellac basecoat in a UV lamp
  • Repeat for the other hand
  • At this point the nails will have a sticky residue. Leave this alone until the final step as it helps the next layer adhering properly
  • Apply 1 thin, even coat of your coloured Shellac or Gel Polish
  • Put in the UV lamp for 2 minutes or LED lamp for 30 seconds (check manufacturers guidelines for specific times for specific brands)
  • Repeat on the other hand and repeat on both nails so you have done 2 colour coats. Sometimes you might need to do three if the colour still isn’t opaque depending on the brand or colour of the polish.
  • Finally, apply the Shellac or Gel Polish topcoat over each nail, going over the tip to seal the colour. Make sure to avoid the skin.
  • Put in the UV lamp for 2 minutes or LED lamp for 30 seconds (check manufacturers guidelines for specific times for specific brands)
  • Last step, put some inhibition/gel wipe remover onto a lint free pad, rub over each nail to remove the sticky residue that remains on the nails and..voila!
  • You could apply some cuticle oil at this point.

Hopefully that was easy to understand!

Where to buy the products

Cuticle Tools –

Lint free wipes – Amazon, Ebay

Nail files – Amazon or Ebay

Nail Prep and inhibition layer remover –Salon Services

Shellac kits – or Boots or QVC