Not everyone has the time (or the funds) to make a trip to the nail salon a recurring thing. For those who prefer to take matters into their own hands, all you need is some skill, a little research and a set of appropriate tools. Check out our list of 11 products to get the perfect at-home manicure and get started.
1 – Nail Clippers
To begin your at-home manicure, the first thing you’ll need is some nail clippers, because they’re the first step to getting perfectly groomed, smooth nails. Try looking for a pair made of stainless steel, as these’ll be more likely to give you a clean cut. A built in nail file is also handy, as are the holes for key rings and storage hooks. Try something like the KlipPro Jr. Fingernail Clippers.
BUY | $8
2 – Cuticle Remover
Many beauty professionals are still debating whether or not you should remove cuticles completely. Deborah Lippmann says that you should just groom them, and for that purpose, she’s developed her own exfoliating cuticle treatment called the Cuticle Remover. This is a formula that quickly and gently loosens and removes dead or dry skin. When you’ve removed the dead skin in the cuticle area, it will be easy to push cuticles back and keep your nails healthy and good-looking.
BUY | $20
3 – Cuticle Clippers
To complete the cuticle treatment, you’ll also need a pair of cuticle clippers. Izy Trends offers you high-quality stainless steel clippers that are ergonomically designed for a perfect grip. The Cute Nipps Cuticle Nippers can be used in a professional beauty salon or at your own home as a part of the DIY kit. These clippers are very easy to control and there will be no more annoying catches like with some low-quality cuticle nippers.
BUY | $16
4 – Cuticle Oil
After working on your cuticles, you need to finish the treatment with cuticle oil. We suggest the ella + mila Nail Care Cuticle Oil with Almond Oil, which is a perfect blend of natural oils such as sweet almond oil, sunflower oil and argan oil that will soften and moisturize your cuticles. This product also contains horse chestnut seed extract and it’s formulated without the potentially harmful ingredients like Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, camphor, and formaldehyde resin. And another thing that’s pretty great is that this product is 100% vegan, hasn’t been tested on animals and is approved by PETA. After treatment, your cuticles will become softer, healthier and more manageable. All you need to do is massage a small amount of cuticle oil into your cuticles and nail beds for about 10 minutes.
BUY | $10.50
5 – Nail File
The nail file is an essential part of every nail care kit as you’ll need to smooth your nails and even them after clipping. The Glass Nail File by Bona Fide Beauty is a double-sided pointed file that has many advantages over the metal files and emery boards. First of all, it won’t rust, corrode or tear. It’s made from finest quality Czech float glass that allows you to file your nails gently and efficiently in every direction. The glass surface is also very hygienic as it’s not porous, so it prevents bacteria and fungus growth. Furthermore, regular use can even enhance your nail health and strength. This nail file can be used for shaping both natural and artificial nails. Used on natural nails, the glass files prevent peeling and chipping by sealing keratin layers together at the nail edge. The surface of this file is tempered via chemical etching so it will stay sharp for a long time and it’s very easy to clean by rinsing it under running water.
BUY | from $7.50
6 – Nail Polish Remover
Everybody needs a good nail polish remover and this goes without saying. By good we mean one that’ll easily and efficiently remove even multiple layers of nail polish and won’t dry out your nails. The Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover is an award-winning, mild but highly effective nail polish remover that also works as a nail prep and nail conditioner. Not only will this product successfully remove all traces of your old nail polish, but it’ll also nourish and moisturize your nails and make your new nail polish last longer. And unlike some removers that have an unpleasantly strong smell, this formula has a nice lavender scent.
BUY | $15.50
7 – Hand Scrub
Soft hands are beautiful hands. If you want a complete manicure kit, you have to have a good hand scrub, and the One Minute Hand Scrub by L’Occitane has a unique formula that will soften your hands in a minute. The organic sugar is the ingredient that will exfoliate your skin by gently scrubbing off dead skin cells, while the oily components will nourish and soften your hands. The oils that are a part of this scrub include shea oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oils. To apply the hand scrub, first mix the formula with the spatula. When it’s mixed, you need to apply it to dry hands and massage softly while focusing on the cuticle area. When you’re done massaging, rinse thoroughly and your hands will be softer than ever.
BUY | $25
8 – Hand Cream
More than you need a hand scrub, you need a good hand cream. You can have the best nail polish and apply it perfectly, if your hands look scrappy and feel rough, you’re not doing it right. The Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream is an antioxidant moisturizing cream that’ll leave your hands with an incredible silky feeling. Your skin will be soft and perfectly nourished with this concentrated and delicately perfumed cream. The antioxidant grape seed polyphenols and organic fair-trade shea butter will repair and regenerate your skin and nails. The formula doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates or animal ingredients and it’s not tested on animals.
BUY | $15
9 – Base Coat
Now comes everything polish-related, and you can’t get a good finish without a good start. The Bonder Base Nail Coat by Orly is the key for long-lasting nail polish because it makes the polish easily stick to your nails. In addition to this, it also creates a barrier that prevents the nail polish cause any damage to your nails. There’s no more staining and peeling and the texture you’ll get will be much more even and smooth.
BUY | $8.50
10 – Nail Polish
Of course, to top things up, you need a quality nail polish. Actually, not just one. If you take your manicure seriously, you need at least a dozen options. The Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish collection is a great place to start if you want bright and smart colors. These polish shades are great, and the names are even better. “Wine O’Clock,” “Resting Bitch Face,” and “$12 Latte”? We’re sold.
BUY | from $17
11 – Top Coat
If you want to finish your perfect manicure with a bang, try out the Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat, a top-selling product and for a good reason. It’ll leave your nails super glossy and it dries in just 45 seconds. It’s great for everyone who wants instant results. After applying a base coat and two coats of your chosen nail polish, close the deal with one coat of the Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat.
BUY | $15
And there you have it, your perfect at-home manicure is done. Now go ahead and show it off!