How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails

I love my nails and I love them long. However keeping them at a certain length can be tricky. But don’t you worry I have the solution – a gel overlay! With a gel overlay I can keep my natural nails and just strengthen them by giving them an extra coat to keep them from breaking.

How to do a gel overlay

You don’t need that many products and once you have your basics they will literally last you all year (well that’s with mine at least). You need some gel nail files, a buffer, a primer, a base gel and a gel top coat.

Before we do the gel overlay a quick disclaimer: I am in no way a certified nail technician or any thing of that sort. Anything I tell you, I learned by myself and this is how it works for me. I don’t wanna tell anybody how it has to be done. This is just to show you how I do my nails and what works for me.

How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails

How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails

How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails

Start off by cleaning your nails with an acetonefree nailpolish remover. Then give them a  slight buff to remove the shine. Do any filing in shape if you need it and then clean them a second time.



I tried to get a good shot but this is the best I could do. See how I have a curve in my nails naturally but with the gel it just enhances it a little bit more.

Say goodby to short nails with a gel overlay

How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails

I’ve always been proud of my long nails and that I can grow them this long without any help. But it seemed like whenever I get to a certain length one nail breaks and then what? Cut them all down? This was when I started experimenting with gel.

Usually I do a clear gel overlay but sometimes I add a little bit of colour with a nude gel. The best thing is you can paint your nails over the gel overlay with any nailpolish you want and change it up as much as you want to! I hope this was helpful and not to complecated for you to understand. This is just how I do it & after 2  years or so I think I got the hang of it .

How do you do your nails? Tell me in the comments down below.

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10 responses to “How to do a gel overlay on your natural nails”

  1. Tereza says:

    Forever jealous of your beautiful nails. I’ve finally grown mine for the first time in my life and immediatelly bit them all off again once I got stressed. Gah. I can’t even. x

    • Lea says:

      Oh just stop it, you make me blush! But seriously thanks so much Tereza. Oh no maybe some gel nails could help you keep them long ;). xx

  2. Helene says:

    That’s really fantastic! I never thought i could do this on my own but as i love doing my nails i think i will try it. You did a great work, love your nails, look so natural in the end.

  3. Sarah says:

    Wow your nails look fantastic! I’m so jealous… I have to go to the nailstudio to get pretty nails, but this is so annoying, time consuming and expensive. Thanks for sharing this technique, I should defenitely try this on my nails 🙂

    Xx Sarah

    • Lea says:

      Thanks so much lovely! I never ever went to a nail studio, just like I’ve been doing my nails since little and I couldn’t trust anyone with them (a little weird right?!) Yes, just try it out I bet you’ll love it once you get used to it! xx

  4. Kate says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips! Your nails look gorgeous! 🙂


  5. AB says:

    Beautiful nails! Question, what do you do when your nails grow out ?