The 10 Best At-Home Gel Nail Kits of 2022

Plus, expert tips for getting a salon-worthy set.

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We’re not here to hate on regular polish—it’s great, really. But gel manicures can’t be beat if you’re looking for something long-lasting. The color options are endless, the manicure lasts for a full two weeks (if not more), and nails are given the strength to grow *extra* long. While the pros will do an A+ job, it’s not necessary to go to the salon for professional-level results. The best at-home gel nail kits will come with everything you could possibly need to get a flawless DIY manicure. The best part? You’ll be saving a ton of money—and time—by doing your nails on your own. 

“If it’s your first time doing gel nails at home, I’d recommend getting an all-in-one kit that includes the essentials: cleanser, base coat, top coat, and a couple of colors,” advises Juli Russell, DIY nail expert for Sally Beauty. “This takes out the guesswork of what products you need to use and gives you an easy system to get started with.” Not sure where to start your search? We have you covered. Here, we’re rounding up the best at-home gel manicure kits. 

How to Do an At-Home Gel Manicure

Let’s clear the air: An at-home gel manicure is easy. It’s beginner friendly! It’s foolproof! It’s quick! The first step? “Nail prep is the most important for a lasting manicure, so take time to care for your nail beds, cuticles, and shape to your liking before you dive in,” says Russell. Once you’re satisfied with the look of your nails, buff ‘em out—gel adheres better to a textured surface. Then, you’re going to wipe your nails with rubbing alcohol. “This part is crucial for a long-lasting manicure,” says Russell. “Leaving oil or cuticles on your nail can cause your manicure to lift prematurely.” 

Now onto the fun stuff. Grab your polishes (you need a base coat, a color, and a top coat) and turn on your LED machine. “Do a thin layer of each and remember to ‘cap the free edge’ by dragging the left over polish on the brush across your nail’s edge,” explains Russell. Between every coat, you’ll need to cure the polish for 30 to 60 seconds in your LED machine. To seal the deal, wipe the polish with an alcohol-soaked lint-free wipe. “Always re-moisturize with lotion or a cuticle oil, as the rubbing alcohol can be drying on your nails and cuticles,” adds Russel. 

The Best At-Home Gel Manicure Kits

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Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.