If you’re new to gel nails, you might be wondering what exactly is in a gel nail starter kit.

Most kits will include a few basic items that you’ll need to get started, including a UV or LED lamp, gel polish, and a top coat. Some kits may also include a base coat, cuticle oil, nail files, and other tools.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to find in most starter gel nail kits:

UV or LED Lamp

This is used to cure (harden) the gel polish. UV lamps emit ultraviolet rays that help the gel polish to harden quickly.

LED lamps use light-emitting diodes and also cure the gel polish quickly. Many people prefer LED lamps because they emit less heat than UV lamps.

Gel Polish

Gel polish is a type of nail polish that is cured (hardened) using a UV or LED lamp. Gel polish comes in many different colors and can last up to six weeks without chipping.

A starter gel nail kit can include one or several colors of gel polish.

Top Coat

A top coat is applied over the gel polish to protect it and give it a high-gloss finish. Top coat can also extend the life of your gel manicure, plus  it makes your nails look extra shiny!

Base Coat

A base coat is applied under the gel polish to help it adhere to the nails and prevent staining. To apply a base coat,  start in the middle of the nail and brush outwards.

Cuticle Oil

Cuticle oil is used to moisturize the cuticles and keep them healthy. It is also used to remove gel polish.

Nail Files

Nail files are used to file the nails and shape them before applying gel polish. Make sure your starter gel nail kit has  both a coarse and fine nail file.


A buffer is used to buff the nails and create a smooth surface for the gel polish to adhere to. These are typically two-sided, with one side being more coarse than the other.


A cleaner is used to remove any dust or debris from the nails before applying gel polish.

Other Tools

Other tools that may be included in a starter gel nail kit are gel polish remover, lint-free wipes, and a brush.

3 Pros Of A Gel Nail Kit

1. Easy to use because everything you need is included

2. Lasts longer than regular nail polish as  it is cured under UV or LED light

3. Can be done at home in  your own time

3 Cons Of A Gel Nail Kit

1. Requires a UV/LED lamp to cure which  can be costly

2. Gel polish can be difficult to remove because  it is hardened

3. Takes Longer Than Regular Nail Polish To Apply

So there you have it! These are just some of the basics that you’ll find in most starter gel nail kits.

With these essential items, you’ll be able to create beautiful gel nails at home.

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