Jennifer Hudson
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Everyone seems to be trying gel manicures lately, and now you don’t even have to go to the salon to get the long-lasting look. Take a cue from Jennifer Hudson, who used the DIY Gel Manicure Kit for a set of shellacked fawn nails before taking the stage VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul show in New York this week. “Jennifer was really excited to try out the kit,” her manicurist Elle Gerstein tells InStyle.com exclusively. Gerstein used the Red Carpet Manicure “It’s Not a Taupe” LED Gel Polish with the Pro Kit, which comes with a professional-strength LED light to deliver salon-perfect results at home. “The manicure lasts about two weeks and dries immediately, so she didn’t have to worry about chipping her nails during the show.” Pick up the kit for $80 at redcarpetmanicure.com.

Plus, see more great nail ideas in the gallery!

Manicure Ideas!

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