Tuesday, March 24, 2015


DIY Gel Fill Nails Tutorial

Gel nails has taken the nail industry by storm.  They are beautiful, durable, and convenient; in some ways saving money, time, and the agony of broken nails (Check my DIY Gel Manicure Tutorial HERE!).  But gel nails do come with a few setbacks, including upkeep and the need to get them refilled about every two weeks or so.  I recently got my nails done, requested a set of beautifully durable gel nails.  I walked out of the nail salon sold on gel nails, and already planning my refill appointment.  As a mom of two, they are so convenient; allowing me to do chores without worrying about my fragile nails breaking.  The thing with me is, I love to paint my nails.  But more often than not, I don't see the point in painting them if I have 4 out of 10 nails broken.  Between washing dishes, and bedtime baths - these gel nails have withstood the challenges of everyday chores plus more.  Not only did they not break, but they also felt extremely natural to me.  Well two weeks flew by, which felt like two days and before I knew it, my recommended refill date was long overdue.  I really enjoyed having these gel nails but the thought of refilling my nails every two weeks for...forever seemed like another unnecessary expense.  Which brings me and you both to this tutorial.  I tried out a few different ways but this was the most affordable, easiest, and effective method to refill your gel nail manicure.  Hope this helps and Enjoy!

1.  Start off with a clean base.  Be sure to remove any old nail polish, dirt, or oils.  I use Cutex Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover No Spill Pump (Highly Recommend, Buy Here).

2.  File down the border of the gel nail, where you see regrowth.  Be sure to file gently and focus on the edges.  I am using a nail filer from Tweezerman that I absolutely love.  It is from the Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit (Buy Here).

3.  Use a nail hardener such as "Sally Hansen Powerful Acrylic Gel Strength Hardener" (Buy Here) to fill in the regrowth space between your cuticle and the gel nail.  You want the thickness to be even with the gel nail, so be sure to start off with thin layers and work your way up.  Let this dry.  Add another layer of hardener; except this time, cover your whole nail. 

4.  Apply a matte top coat.  I'm obsessed with Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat (Buy Here).  The whole idea is to build layers and even the nail polish out.

5.  Seal the deal.  Finish off with a glossy top coat.  I used Sally Hansens Hard as Nails Hardener top coat (Buy Here).  Once this dries, you can enjoy your good as new gel manicure and paint them with your favorite Springtime colors!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Awesome tutorial! I love Sally Hansen!


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  2. Emma, I LOVE THIS. I haven't tried gel nails yet, but this is perfect for when you can't get to the nail salon in two weeks. And I just love Sally Hansen products.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  3. Nice post, gel nails are my favorite! This is a perfect way to fill them and very convenient,


    x Kellie

  4. nice step by step tutorial!! :D always so precise!! :D

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