The Best At-Home Kit for Gel Extensions

I love a relaxing visit to the salon, but lately, I’ve been opting to do my nails at home for the convenience and ease. Typically, I stick to painting my natural nails with gel polish, but recently saw someone online trying gel extensions at home and wanted to try it out myself. I got my hands on a few products from Beetles and absolutely loved the process. 

Here’s my step-by-step guide on applying Gel-X nails:

Nail Prep is a Must: I started by removing my old polish, then used the supplied nail file to shape and buff my nails. I’ve seen some people use a nail dehydrator, but since I didn’t have one, I wiped my nails with an alcohol-soaked cotton pad, ensuring they were oil-free and ready for application.

Find Your Perfect Fit: This specific kit came with pre-shaped coffin nails at a medium length, which is what I typically go for. I took a moment to measure each nail and loved that there were a variety of sizes to choose from. This part was so helpful because it allowed me to skip over the extra steps of shaping and was hassle-free.

Focus on Application: I took the provided nail glue and started to apply it to the base of the nail tip, covering about 1/4 of the nail surface. I recommend taking your time with this part and gently placing the nail tip on your natural nail at a slight angle to ensure there are no air bubbles trapped underneath.

Time to Cure: As I held down the nail tip, I moved my finger under the provided UV light and cured the applied nail. I stayed under the light for 60 seconds, and the nail was instantly cured. I repeated this process for each nail until I had a full set done. After each cure, you can feel how strong the nails truly were. I chose to keep the length and shaped the top of the nail slightly so it was a bit more rounded. My nails were all done!

Polish Me Up: Now for the hardest part – picking out a color. I was unsure about my vibe, so I used the 2023 Beetles Advent Calendar as a guide. This exclusive kit had a variety of full size colors as well gel liners, glitter powders, and charms. I decided to go for their d513 color, a gorgeous blue reflective glitter gel polish. 

I was really happy with how my gel extensions turned out so I might be a DIY nail girl after all. If you are a fan of getting your beauty fix done at-home, check out Beetles’ gel extension kit and more products on their website.

Kyrah Quilan Senior Editor at Beauty News NYC
Kyrah Quilan

Kyrah, a native New Yorker, embodies a unique blend of urban sophistication and creative spirit. With a background in PR and communications, she loves all things lifestyle, beauty, fashion and travel. You can find her scouring thrift shops for hidden gems, spending hours on her curly hair routine, planning her next solo trip, or curating a bomb Instagram feed.