How To Do Shellac & Rockstar Nails At Home

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Once again, thank you for the outpouring of support from you as my family and I endured through such a difficult day yesterday. I love you guys!

Since two of the most popular posts on my blog are involving shellac, I figured it was about time that I showed you how I have been doing my own Shellac nails at-home using a CND starter kit + UV lamp. I absolutely LOVE getting my nails done professionally (and recommend Ruth at Urban Oasis Houston any day, hands down), but my budget just wasn’t cutting the twice monthly $35+ manicures. So I decided to do it myself. Mind you, I’m pretty adept at painting my nails with regular polish, so if you struggle with regular polish, chances are you won’t have a great time with shellac, either, since this requires you to be pretty precise at where you lay down the gel in certain steps.

I’ve outlined the entire tutorial for you in the video above, AND I’ve included a tutorial on how to do ROCKSTAR (i.e. completely luxurious, 100% glittery shellac nails) within the same video! Also, here is the starter kit I purchased from Amazon, and here is the UV nail lamp I use. Have fun!


  1. Laurel Haswell says

    How do you find this holds up compared to a shellac manicure without the glitter layer? I love gel manicures but have found that deviating from the standard steps results in peeling and chipping earlier. What do you think?

  2. GlamorousMama says

    Looks great! I tried doing mine as well at home, unfortunately I like getting pampered too much! Have you changed your blog design recently? if so, It looks great~


  3. Sarah K. says

    I love! But I am waiting till those gel nail polishes that you don’t even need a UV light for(and already is very popular in the UK) to come to the US! Till then!

  4. AishaJMM says

    How hard are shellac polishes on nails? My nails are always breaking and I worry the long-lasting polishes will weaken my nails even more. Any suggestions?

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