If you have ever wondered what supplies you need to start your own gel nail business, look no further!! I have compiled a list of my favorite goodies and where I buy them.
First things first.
- LED Nail Lamp
- Nail Files 100/180 grit
- Cuticle Pushers (I recommend orange wood sticks)
- Paint Brushes
- Duster Brush
- Nail forms
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Spray Bottle
- Overhead Desk Light
- Base Coat
- Top Coat
- Coloured Gel
- Hard Gel for sculpting
- Paper Towel
If you plan on working from home, you will also need a desk and two chairs as your station. I also recommend having a tote or a filing cabinet of some kind to store your supplies and your clients nail files in a sanitary manner. I like to put my clients name on an envelope and keep their nail files and cuticle pusher in there. Then each time they come in I am using the same file for them. Also cuts down on sanitizing each nail file in between clients. This will help with cost and inventory in the long run.
The supply list will enable you to do any service, from regular gel manicure to sculpted hard gel nails.
Where I Buy My Supplies:
I Buy the majority of my supplies from three online locations. EBay, Amazon and my favorite local supplier Arts Desire Beauty Pro.
When doing Gel polish my favorite brand to use is Orly Gel FX. They sell an excellent combo of Primer, Base Coat and Top Coat for under 100$CA. I buy these from EBay. You can also buy colored gel polish for around $12-$14/bottle which is VERY comparable to other brands. Quick shipping and very reputable sellers on there. Let me know if you would like any additional links, in the comments section below.
I have purchased my LED nail lamp from Amazon. And If you have been following along you will have heard me preach that YOU DO NOT NEED A $300 NAIL LAMP!!!! Believe me, you can purchase an amazing lamp for under $60 on Amazon.
I also buy my paint brushes, duster brush and cuticle pushers from there. I bought the most effective desk lamp for $30 from Amazon. It has three different light settings and a bar light to make this lamp the perfect addition, especially when taking pictures for Instagram.
So hard Gel. I have searched high and low for my favorite hard gel. Tried nearly 50 different brands over the years and landed on Light Elegance HQ. Unfortunately they do not ship to Canada so I found a great supplier on Vancouver Island Called Arts Desire Beauty Pro. They carry all of the LE line and shipping usually arrives in 2 business days!! So incredible! I buy all my hard gel from here and their hard gel colors. I have never found another company that does a glitter gel quite like LE!! You must check them out, they will blow your mind!!
In my opinion these are the main supplies you need to start your own gel nail business. A very successful one at that!! The little amount of money you put out now to buy your supplies, will come back to you triple once you get started. Likely you could make your investment back in a couple days!
There are not many businesses you can begin with this little start up cost. You can start making money back on your investment ASAP! This is a beautiful thing!
So if you are considering a career in Gel Nails, this is where you start. This is the article you screen shot and save for down the road. I have added a few links for your shopping pleasure!
Please don’t think twice about contacting me if you have any questions or need any guidance when getting started. I am your mentor. I am always here to help guide you towards a successful business, just like the one I have!
Leave any questions in the comments below!
Love you guys, thanks for reading and following along!
Cheyanne- The Nail Lamp Tramp