DIY gel nails using Gelcolor by OPI

DIY gel nails using Gelcolor by OPI

Hi Fashionsistas,

Like me, I’m sure you are a busy woman! And it can be hard trying to squeeze in time to get your nails done at a salon. Which is why I’m all for DIY gel nails! I can do them whenever and wherever I want - usually it’s really late at night because I always seem to leave it to the last minute. And what’s best is that unlike normal nail polish, you don’t have to worry about being helpless while it’s drying.

It doesn’t even take long to do; I’ve got it down to about 10 minutes and its way cheaper than going to a salon every 2 weeks.

I often get women asking me where I get my nails done. When I tell them that I do my own gel nails, they are always really surprised because they look just as good (even better) than when I go to the salon. Don’t get me wrong I love getting my nails done at a salon and I still do sometimes, like when I have time and want to relax or just for fun with my girlfriends.

I prefer to use Gelcolor by OPI to do my gel nails as I find it easier to get off than other brands and I’ve had a long time love for their nail polishes - they have the best colours! Plus they have a really great DIY Gel Nails Starter Kit with all the things you’re going to need.

Here is the Sephora by OPI Gel Kit that I have:

If you liked this tutorial please give it a thumbs up or leave a comment below - it would mean the world to me!

And remember, you don't need to be a Model to look like you've stepped off the Runway.

Big love,
xox Marina

PS - If you’re at work and can’t watch this video, here is the step by step guide. 

DIY gel nails in 6 easy steps

1. Prep your nails

Make sure your nails are clean and dry. Apply the OPI PH Balancing Agent to each nail to dry out any excess moisture. This step isn’t essential but it is what makes the gel bond to your nail (when I don’t use it I find the gel only lasts one week as opposed to two).

2. First Base

Apply a thin layer of the Gelcolor by OPI Base Coat. Don’t go crazy and use too much gel because it will be too thick and the heat from your LED light will cause it to bubble up and peel off, just use as much as you would if you were using regular nail polish. Also, seal the top of your nails with the base gel too. Then pop your 4 fingers under the LED light for 30 seconds (the light turns off automatically once it’s done). As the light is small you will need to do your thumb separately.

3. Colour time! 

I’m using my all time favourite Gelcolor by OPI; Big Apple Red. 

Just apply a thin even layer (again, don’t do it too thick, it might look like it’s not thick enough but you will do a second coat). To evenly apply any gel or nail polish just start from the bottom center of your nail and push down gently so you can get the brush really close to your cuticle, then stroke upwards and do each side of the nail from the bottom up also. Once you’re done applying gel don’t forget to seal the top of each nail. And under the light we go for another 30 seconds.

4. Colour again

Repeat step three to apply a second coat of colour. Now you will see that the colour is much more opaque than the first coat - I told you so! ;)

5. Time for top coat

Top coat time! Apply the Gelcolor by OPI Top Coat just like in the last steps and don’t forget to seal the top before putting your pretty little nails under the LED light for the last time.

6. Finishing touch

Once you’re done applying the gel, your nails will be a little sticky so you need to remove the excess gel with nail cleanser to clean them up (which is just an antiseptic called Isopropyl Alcohol that you can get at a drug store). Just spray some on a cotton pad and wipe over each nail.

And that’s it! Pretty DIY gel manicure in just a few minutes! If it turns out disastrous the first few times, don’t worry - it took me about three times to get it right.

If you liked this step by step DIY Gel Nails tutorial please leave a comment below - it would really mean the world to me!

Here is the Sephora by OPI Gel Kit that I have: