Beauty Hacker: DIY Faux Gel Manicure or Whatever


I love getting my nails done. Who doesn't? Especially when your nail tech is meticulous, and hooks you up with one of those longer than normal hand massages. I'm currently in nail salon limbo so it took a series of less-than-great manicures for me to realize that I could probably do them myself, especially after getting the shittiest manicure last week. No joke, it sucked so bad I had to do redo it myself. Instead of complaining, I paid, tipped, said thanks in an obnoxiously high-pitched happy voice, and left the salon feeling robbed like usual.

Prior to this nail salon trip, I'd previously picked up a base coat from Sally Hansen that I forgot existed called Hard As Wraps as well as an acrylic top coat from the drugstore. With those tools at my disposal, I gave myself the best manicure ever- I was even inclined to tip myself. As I looked down at my latest, bubbly, blah, salon manicure I thought: "Damn, I gave myself a better mani two weeks ago, maybe I should just always do them myself from now on."

The base coat and top coat mentioned above are the key to achieving ultimate DIY mani success. Some people even compare the combination to a shellac or gel manicure and I have to say, it's kind of like having gel nails that last about a week, if you're careful. I'll take a faux gel manicure for a few cents, any day.

Try this out and you may never want to pay for a blah manicure again.


Step 1: Gather your tools which should include a buffer, nail filer, nail polish remover, Sally Hansen's Hard as Wraps Powerful Acrylic Gel (the blue bottle) and Sally Hansen's No-Chip Acrylic Top Coat. Remove any existing polish. If your cuticles are a mess, handle those now.

Step 2: File your nails to your desired shape.

Step 3: Buff them good. Wash your hands well or if you're lazy like me, just go over them with nail polish remover again.

Step 4: Apply your hard as wraps base coat and let dry. Apply only one coat because this stuff is thick like Beyonce.


Step 5: Apply two coats your favorite nail polish. Make sure you let each coat dry before applying the next.

Step 6: After your color has dried a bit apply your acrylic top coat.

Step 7: Clean up your edges with a cotton swab or brush dipped in acetone.

Step 8: Optional- Apply a second layer of top coat to finish and don't do shit with your hands until your nails are totally dry.

There you have it! Tell us about your nail salon horror stories and make sure to tag us in your IG photos if you give yourself this mani.

P.S. You can totally do this on your toes too. They will NEVER chip. And nope, this post was not sponsored by Sally Hansen.

Tips: Try not to get your hands wet for a prolonged period of time. If you're doing dishes, put on some gloves. If you're swimming, that should be interesting lol. Also, sporadically refresh your topcoat by adding a coat every now and then.

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Guest Editor: Melody Rahimi of Vibrant Flair

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