How To Do Shellac Nails At Home & Get The Perfect Results Each Time

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Have you ever wondered if you could do shellac nails at home instead of going to the salon every 3 weeks? Well, results can be just as good!

Today I wanted to share something incredible that I’ve recently discovered. I’ve been going to the salon for a good half year now to get my nails done by a professional and I’ve always been happy with the result.

However, I’ve been trying to save some money and £30 spent on a manicure every 3 weeks is definitely something that I can do without.

So – I picked up one of those At home Shellac nail kits from Boots about a month ago and gave the product a try. And I have to say that I’m in love with the results! So, how to do shellac nails at home? Let me show you.


How To Do Shellac Nails At Home



Remove all dirt & nailpolish from your nails. You can use regular nail polish remover and a manicure stick to get rid of cuticles.


Buff your nails. Using a nail file, gently erode away the top layer of your nails. You don’t need to buff very hard at all – be as gentle as you want. The more you buff though, the longer your nail colour will last.


Remove the dust from your nails gently with some wipes or nail polish remover. Make sure that your nails are clean.


This step is optional. If you bought the Sensationail kit, you will have received a gel primer. You will want to use the primer now on your nails. Let it dry for 15-30 sex before wiping it off.



Apply base coat as you would apply regular nail polish. Cure the polish with LED light lamp for 30 seconds.


Choose your colour. Apply one coat of colour and cure your nails with the LED lamp for 30 sec. Apply as many coats as you want using the same technique (I usually apply 3).



Apply a layer of top coat and cure for 30 sec under the LED lamp.



Remove the moisture layer on your nails with acetone free nail polish remover.


There you have it – all done! You should now knowhow to do shellac nails at home.

If you would rather follow a step by step tutorial on video, this one’s for you. I made this video a few weeks ago where I’m testing the product out for a full two weeks and giving a review of it in the end.

If you don’t want to watch the full ‘how to  do shellac nails at home’ video, I’ll give you a brief over view about the steps. I am using the Shellac Manicure Starter Kit from Sensationail which includes an LED lamp as well as all the polishes and nail tools that you may need.


How To Remove Shellac Nails At Home


Removing shellac nails at home is easy. You will need a bottle of acetone (here), a manicure stick (here), some cotton swabs and foil.


Soak the cotton swabs in acetone and place it on your nail. Cover as little of your finger as you can, as acetone can be harmful for your health.


Cover the cotton swab and your finger with cooking foil. Leave in for 1 min.


Remove the foil and cotton and gently scrap off the shellac polish with your manicure stick. The polish should come off easily. If it doesn’t, you may want to soak your nails a bit longer for easier removal.

Otherwise, you may want to use a gel removal tool (here). (I have never found this to be necessary, but this is what beauticians in salons normally use. They are sturdier and slightly more ‘aggressive’ than manicure sticks.)


The Benefits Of Doing Shellac Nails At Home


I must admit, now that I’ve discovered this at home shellac nail polish kit, I don’t think I will be returning to the salon for a while. And that is simply because I have better use for my money and time at the moment.

Not only will one manicure come down to about £3.5 or less with this kit, it also saves a heck lot of time.

Whenever I’ve wanted to book a salon appointment it always takes a little bit of planning in advance – if your nails chip, you can’t fix the issue at home.

You will always need to wait at least until the next day. Kits like these are majorly convenient as you can just fix your nails when you want to. Plus, the results last the same amount of time!

(Well, technically the package says 2 weeks but we all know that salon grade shellac isn’t the prettiest when we stretch it over that time either.)

So, there you have it – how to do shellac nails at home. I hope this article/video helped you out a little bit! 

If you wanted to check out  Sensationail, you can find it on Amazon (here). Sensationail have over 150 different colours available, and they even do chrome nail powders! There is definitely something for everyone. If you’re just looking for LED lamps, they can also be found on Amazon (here).


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  1. Amber @ xoxo, Am says:

    I’ve been obsessed with doing my own gel nails! It’s so much more affordable and I love how long it lasts!

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Same here! 🙂 xx

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