Gel Nails

Gel nails are the new kid on the nail design scene. They are a great alternative to the traditional acrylic nails, and give the closest similarity to the natural nail. Both the acrylic nails and gels allow you to do all the things you would want from nail art and nail designs – painting them, wearing stilettos or French tips, different 3D art or airbrush designs and many other design ideas. They can also be filed into any shape you desire. The term ‘Gel Nails’ may also refer to a gel polish manicure, which has become increasingly popular.

However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to gel nails, as seen below:

Pros of Gel Nails
  • Gel nails can allow those allergic to acrylic or nail resin to enjoy an extension service
  • Many gel clients report that they feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic nail extensions
  • Soft gel nails (gel polish) are easily removed with acetone when soaked for about 8–15 minutes and do little to no damage to the natural nail
  • Gel polish manicures can last up to 3 weeks with no chipping, peeling or cracking
  • Leaves a glossier finish
  • They do not produce any odour
  • The curing time is very fast when using an L.E.D. light
  • Gel polish nails mean nails are dry immediately upon completion of the service so no worry about smudging or ruining one’s manicure
Cons of Gel Nails
  • Less durable than acrylic (gel nail extensions may not work for those who are tough on their nails, such as those who type a lot, work with their hands, etc.)
  • Hard gels are usually only removed by filing and cannot be soaked off with acetone, however some newer gel products strong enough to create extensions claim they can be soaked off, such as CND’s Brisa Lite
  • You need a UV light or LED light for the curing process
  • Can be too complicated a process for people to be able perform on themselves


Below you’ll find some brilliant video tutorials and a selection or gel designs and images to give you inspiration and ideas for your own gel nail designs. If you want to purchase gels or other tools to help you get the best nails, head over to the nail resources and tools page for a run down of the best items.

Gel Nail Designs

Summer Gel Nails



French Gel Nails

French Gels

Red Gel Nails

Red Gel Nail Design

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