What You Need to Get Started with Gel Nail Polish! 

What You Need to Get Started with Gel Nail Polish! 

Hey babes! If you’ve followed me for awhile on Instagram, then you probably know that I’m obsessed with gel nail polish! I have a problem with nail polish not lasting more than a day or two. I’m really hard on my nails! Lol. Gels last me at least a week, sometimes closer to two weeks!! I get questions about them so I thought I would start a mini series! This week we are talking about what supplies you’ll need, next week will be a tutorial, & the last week will be how to remove them!

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I would say Gelish and Red Carpet Manicure are the top two brands. Most of my supplies are from RCM because that’s what I started out with. You can get RCM at Ulta & Nordstrom and Gelish at Sally Beauty. I’m sure you can find them on Amazon and eBay too.


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Nail Cleanser & Lint Free Wipes– I know some people just use alcohol but I haven’t tried that. I use RCM. Your wipes need to be lint free!!

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Dehydrator– If you are having trouble with your polish peeling up, you definitely need to be using one of these! I use RCM

Base coat– I’m currently using Jamberry’s base coat but I don’t love it. I much prefer my RCM! I am wanting to try Gelish’s to see if it’s worth the price! I’m getting Madam Glam’s in one of my next boxes! Check out my Madam Glam VIP Box post if you want to know more about their subscription!

Top Coat– I’m using RCM and it works perfectly!

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Gel polish– I’ve used a few different brands but a majority of my collection is Red Carpet Manicure, Madam Glam, China Glaze, & Gelish. The polishes wear varies by brand and color. I’m going to start a swatch gallery soon!

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LED or UV Lamp– I actually have two lamps. I got a 6w in a kit from RCM and bought a 12w from Melody Susie off of amazon. They both work fine but just have different curing times.

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Basic Manicure Tools– file, buffer, clippers, cuticle pusher, orange sticks, cuticle oil, etc. Chances are if you do your own nails, you probably already have most of these!


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Nail polish remover– I got RCM’s in a kit and just kept using it. I buy the big bottle and refill the little one that came in my set. As long as it has acetone in it, you should be fine.

Foil Remover Wraps– You could just use tin foil and cotton balls but that’s too much work for me. Lol. I buy packs of 100 premade ones from eBay for less then $4! Just keep in mind they come from china so they usually take about a month to come in.

  • eBay ($2.49 for 100 pieces) The price varies but I can always find them under $4! It’s the exact same thing as the others!
  • RCM Foil Remover Wraps ($9.99)
  • ASP Gel Polish Soak Off Nail Foils ($6.39)
  • I didn’t even bother linking Gelish’s. There’s no way you need to pay $20 for 100 wraps. I still think the eBay route is the best way to go!


If you are first starting out, I highly recommend a kit! It will have most of what you need and they are normally a good deal!

Let me know if you heve any questins! Who else loves gel polish?! Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo, Amber 💋

**Purchased by me. Links are unaffiliated and as always, these are my honest thoughts!**


  1. highstreetbeauty11
    May 17, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Thanks for this informative post. I am terrible at painting my nails but this has inspired me!

    • May 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      I love spending the time catching up on my shows and doing my nails. Lol. Thanks for reading! 💗

  2. Claire Talks Beauty
    May 18, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This post is very informative ! i am not so good at doing my nails so it was nice to read this !


    • May 18, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      It took me awhile to get the hang of doing my own nails. Lol. Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. motivationformomgmailcom
    May 19, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Great post! I love gel polish. I usually go get it done though because I always get acrylic first, then paint with gel. I prefer the longer, squared look. Thanks for all the info, eventually I want to start doing my own.

    • May 21, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      It’s really pretty simple! I haven’t gotten my nails done at a salon in years. I can’t stand long nails anymore. Lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!! ❤️

  4. Anonymous
    May 20, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Love the post! Very helpful information, just hope I do my nails good this time!

    • May 21, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! You’ll get better the more you practice! 😊

    • May 21, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      My nails chipped so bad with regular polish! I haven’t looked back since switching to gel!! Thanks for reading! 💗

  5. Nati
    May 20, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Hey dear, thanks a lot for this post, I found it very useful mainly because once we learn all this, it can save us some time and money by not going to professional nail artist, instead we can do it all by ourselves 🙂

    • May 21, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Yes exactly!! In the long run it’ll definitely save you money! Thanks for reading!

  6. May 20, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I don’t really do too much with my nails to be honest. Not that I don’t want to, it’s just.. well.. it always seems to go wrong! I’ve bookmarked this for future help though so thank you! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

    • May 21, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      If you try gel you’ll have to let me know how it worked for you! Thanks for reading!

  7. kaylz12
    May 21, 2017 / 6:20 am

    Great two by step information for people 🙂

  8. May 21, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing – I do love a good gel nail, so frustrating with regular polish when it chips after one or two days! Maybe I’ll take your lead and brave doing it myself 🙂

    • May 22, 2017 / 9:52 am

      I know, I hate that! It’s a lot simpler than you realize! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. May 21, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Great blog post! Very informative!

  10. May 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I have never tried gel nail polish!!! Thanks for this informative and super fascinating post!!!

  11. May 24, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I love that you wrote this post because I would have no idea where to begin. I also had no idea they sold the foils like that! I would totally buy them too.

    • May 24, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      The foils are amazing!! They work well for removing stubborn glitters too! Thanks for stopping by! 💗

        • May 24, 2017 / 11:01 pm

          Yes!! eBay is the cheapest place I’ve found them! Or you can make them with tin foil and cotton balls!

  12. May 24, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I really struggle with gel polish so this definitely helped!

    • May 24, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Glad I could help! Ohh btw my tutorial just went live! Thanks so much for reading!!

  13. May 24, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    How long have you been doing your own gel nails? I use to get mine done at a salon a long time ago and it damaged and weakend my nails. Does this happen/not happen to you? Any tips?

    • May 24, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      I think it’s been about a year now. I don’t have a problem as long as I don’t peel the polish off. My nails are the longest and most healthy they’ve been in years! If they are filing them too much that could be part of the problem.

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