The best DIY at-home nail enhancements: Kiara Sky Gelly Tips

Missing your nail salon? You’re not alone! We have some amazing products here at NPD that will leave your nails feeling as if they’ve just been freshly manicured. Whilst many of us can paint our nails and even achieve a glossy LED/UV gel manicure, it’s creating nail extensions and enhancements at-home that require a bit of extra effort and a few watches of educational nail videos. Luckily brands like Kiara Sky have created products that provide you with at-home nail extension methods that are easier than ever to achieve.

Kiara Sky Gelly Tips are the easiest nail extension method at your fingertips! Kiara Sky’s Soak Off Gelly Tips are pre-shaped and ready to go. These innovative nail extensions provide a lightweight, easy-to-apply, time saving alternative compared to traditional nail enhancements. Specifically designed to last up to 3 weeks without any lifting or chipping! Kiara Sky Gelly Tips are soak off and can be easily removed without damage, so you can switch up your manicure as often as you’d like! A salon style manicure has never been easier. 

Best nail kit I ever tried!

I have tried all different types of nail kits, and I am horrible at sculpting, but these were by far the easiest nails I have ever applied, and the longest lasting. I am tough on my nails and so far its been a full week with no issues! I love that they aren’t super thick like acrylic and builder gel can be. By far my absolute favorite nail kit!
Megan on Oct 04, 2020

Curious about how to start your Gelly Tips application? You’re in luck! Find out how to apply you perfectly-shaped tips from start to finish using all the essentials in our Gelly Tips Kit! Let’s get started!


As always, make sure that you start off with clean, sanitized hands and nails. Then you can begin prepping the nails by pushing back the cuticles and removing the shine from the nail bed using a file. Be sure to focus on the cuticle and edge of the nails during this step!

Apply PREP to the nail

Long-lasting nails start with a great base. Apply one coat of Kiara Sky’s PREP that comes with your Gelly Tips Kit to dehydrate your nails and remove any oils; this will get them ready to apply your new perfectly-shaped nail tips!

Apply PRIMER to the nail

Next up, its Prime-Time! Primer is an essential step to a long-lasting Gelly set! Apply one coat of the Gelly Tips PRIMER to your natural nails. This product will help bond your natural nail to the tip to make sure your nail-tips stay on as long as possible!

Prepare the Gelly Tips!

Go ahead and size your Gelly tips to your nail beds for a perfect fit. Here we are using the medium coffin-shaped tips. Use an e-file to lightly remove the shine from the inside of the Gelly Tip that will come in contact with your natural nail. (We recommend using our Beyond Pro Portable Nail Drill and our Typhoon Medium Drill Bit for this step!)

Having trouble sizing your tips to your nail bed? Not to worry, a tiny bit of patience here can go a long way. Although our Gelly Tips are gorgeously sculpted, our hands come in all shapes and sizes! Simply file at the edges of your Gelly Tip extension that will come in contact with your cuticle to make sure that the fit of your tip is just right!

Apply a thin layer of BUILDER 

Then you can grab the BUILDER gel and apply a thin layer on your natural nails.The builder gel is what will keep your nails on for up to 3 weeks! It is also super easy to remove with acetone!. 

Cure nails for 30 seconds

After applying the BUILDER gel, cure your nails for 30 seconds using the Flash Cure Mini LED lamp that comes with your Gelly Tips Kit! If you want this process to be a tad quicker, you can also use your full-size Kiara Sky Beyond Pro lamp to cure all 5 fingers at once!

Apply BUILDER under the Gelly Tip.

Next, use the same BUILDER gel and apply it under the Gelly Tip. Make sure to apply this gel only to the area of the tip that will come in contact with your natural nail. 

To apply the nail extension, simply press the Gelly Tip on the natural nail with your thumb from the cuticle to the free edge firmly, making sure to remove any air bubbles! We want to make sure you get the longest-wear possible out of your fabulous tips as bubbles underneath your Gelly Tip could cause it to pop right off in a few days time, so be sure to get rid of any pesky bubbles before proceeding onto the next step!

Cure nails for 10 seconds

Now, cure your nails for 10 seconds! You can do this by pressing your alternate thumb over the nail which you just applied your tip to secure it and then curing using your Beyond Pro Flash Cure Mini Lamp!

Unlike other competing flash cure lamps on the market right now, ours is freestanding in a super easy-to-use C shape that provides hands free flash curing at your fingertips! The Flash Cure Mini is perfect for salon use and a revolutionary product for those who enjoy doing their own manicures, whether Gelly Tips applications or stylish gel polish looks! The Kiara Sky Beyond Pro Flash Cure Mini is bound to become your new best friend!

Remove thumb and cure for 30 more seconds

Remove your thumb and cure your nail for an additional 30 seconds to make sure the sides and edges of your Gelly Tip are fully cured.

Wasn’t that so easy? Now that you’ve got your gorgeous Gelly Tips nail extensions applied, you’re ready to get creative with your nail art and express yourself! 

Apply your favorite KS Gel Polish!

Now that your beautiful Gelly Tips are secured to your nails, you can stop here or keep going and get creative! If you want to add color, remove the shine from the surface of your Gelly Tip with a hand-file. Once your nail tip is prepped, you can go in with two thin coats of your favorite Kiara Sky Gel Polish and cure for 30 seconds each. 

To finish off this gorgeous nail look, seal and protect your mani by applying the Gelly Top Coat and curing for 60 seconds. 

Now you’re all finished with your Gelly Tips manicure! These tips are such a huge time-saver when compared to traditional nail methods and they soak-off for quick & damage-free removal.

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