In recent years nail art has become a huge part of the beauty and fashion industry, along with new technologies and ways to make the nails look gorgeous. However, to get a perfect French Manicure, Gel Nails or some fantastic nail art it is widely accepted that you should go to a professional in a salon and why not? They have years of training and expertise they can access to make sure your nails look incredible. It’s not cheap though, prices can range for around £25 for your initial application and then at least £15 for the upkeep every few weeks. This can add up and sometimes is impractical for those who live busy lives or maybe aren’t as mobile as others.
Another option is to do your nails at home. Now we know this sounds rather scary, but trust us, it really isn’t once you get down to it. You just need to know what you are doing and have the right tools, so we have put together a handy guide to get you started!
One of the ‘at home’ Gel Nail Systems that is incredibly easy and fun to use, is by NYK1 Secrets. They have options to fit all budgets and desires, so if you just want to appearance of gel nails over your own, then they have a kit for that, but if you would like to go more into adding gel extensions, there is something for you too.
We used the NYK1 Secrets Nailac Starter Kit which includes:
- 200 x Lint Free Wipes
- 4 x 10ml (30%Extra) Large Polish Bottles,
- 1 x Box of 12 Nail Glitters!!
- 1 x White 36W UV Curing Lamp
- 1 x NYK1 30ml Prep&Shine Sticky Residue Remover,
- 1 x 100ml Acetone Remover TOP&BASE Coats,
- CND Solar Oil Mini,
- 2 x Toe Separators,
- 2 x Practice Wheels,
- 1 x Set of Nail Art Brushes,
- 1 x Metal Cuticle Pusher,
- 10 x Cuticle Sticks,
- 1 x White Block Buffer,
- 1 x Jumbo File,
- Cotton Wool
- & Easy to Follow Comprehensive NYK1 Shellac Instructions.
Containing all you need to not only get started but keep going for quite some time. The shades are fantastic and there are over 70 colours to choose from, include some with a bit f sparkle. We used Lime Zest…
The manicure is said to last for up to 14 days and looks really impressive and professional. The whole process took around an hour, that was for someone who had not used the kit before. The Lime Zest shade is a lovely subtle green, with a hint of sparkle. The colour deepens with each additional coat and the finished result is quite stunning.