How To Do Your Own Gel X Nails

Gel and acrylic manicures have become popular choices lately in the nail industry for beginners and professionals alike. These are great options to create long-lasting nails that won’t begin chipping the very next day.

Unfortunately, typical nail extensions can take a toll on your natural nails in the long run, despite using nail treatments and strengtheners. However, Gel X nails are a great way to continue creating fun nail looks with minimal damage.

By offering the strength of regular gel polish and the length of acrylic extensions, Aprés Gel X nails can help you achieve your dream nails while minimizing the damage that comes with regular applications and removals of gel manicures.

DIY Gel X Nails in 7 Steps

Although Gel X nails are usually done by professional nail techs, DIY artists can learn how to do Gel X nails as well. Creating a Gel X manicure on your own can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and some practice, it can be done.

Follow these 7 steps to learn how to do Gel X nails at home.

1. Prepare Your Natural Nails

Start by removing any old nail polish and shaping your natural nails with a nail file. Buff the surface of your nails lightly to remove any shine and to ensure that the Gel X tips adhere properly.

2. Choose the Right Gel X Tips

While learning how to do Gel X nails, it’s important to acquaint yourself with the various Gel X tips since they are available in different sizes, shapes, and lengths. Choose the ones that best fit your natural nails, but make sure to have extras on hand in case any of them don't fit properly.

3. Apply the Tips

Apply a small amount of the Gel X adhesive to the underside of the Gel X tip and press it onto your natural nail. Hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it adheres properly. Continue to do this, applying the tips to each nail while paying close attention to how you position them on your natural nails.

4. Trim and File the Tips

Once all the tips are in place, trim them to the desired length with nail clippers. Use a nail file to shape and smooth the tips, ensuring that they look natural and even.

5. Apply the Gel Formula

Apply the Gel X gel formula to the tips, making sure to cover the entire surface. Cure the gel with an LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions.

6. Shape and Buff the Nails

Once the Gel X extensions are cured, use a nail file to further shape them to your desired look and length. Buff the surface of the nails to remove any imperfections. Remember, learning how to do Gel X nails at home doesn’t mean that they can’t still look professional and polished.

7. Apply a Top Coat

Finally, apply a top coat to give the Gel X nails a glossy and shiny finish. Cure the top coat with an LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions.

With these seven simple steps, you’ll learn how to do your own Gel X nails in no time! As you gain confidence with the technique, feel free to experiment with vivid colors of gel polish and nail art styles.

Apres Gel X nail equipment laid out against black background

Start Small for Best Results

It's important to note that learning how to do Gel X nails at home does require some practice and skill. So, we recommend starting with a small section of nails and gradually working your way up to the full set. Additionally, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and avoid over-filing or over-buffing the nails, as this can cause damage or lifting.

Now you know how to apply Gel X nails, you can create your own nail kit with Aprés Gel X products and ace every manicure. 

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