If you've ever received a professional beauty service only to wonder if you could do it yourself, it's probably because you can. Similar thoughts have run through our minds after spending our weekly lunch budget on a single gel manicure.
Of course, the rest and relaxation, not to mention impeccable results, of a salon manicure is unmatched, but sometimes it's nice to take things into your own hands. The good news is it isn't that difficult to master gels on your own — if you have an advanced system.
Luckily, tons of brands have packaged the efficacy of salon-grade gel manicures in easy-to-use sets that you can use in the comfort of your bathroom. Many of them come with a starter set of gel formulas (base, color, and top coat), and tools to help shape and clean your nails before polish.
Turns out, as long as you follow the instructions thoroughly, they're actually pretty easy. But much like finding a manicurist you trust, you shouldn't settle for any at-home machine. To help, we've combed through reviews and rounded up five top-rated kits that are perfect for a DIY gel newbie, ahead.
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