8 Perfect Home Manicure Products
While getting your nails done in a beauty salon is a real treat, there are many benefits to getting your own nails done in the comfort of your own home. First, the cost savings are no joke. At $50 for a professional manicure at a monthly frequency, you are looking at an annual expenditure of $600. Secondly, getting your own manicure can be completely therapeutic. It’s like an art project, but one that you can take with you everywhere you go! So, if you’re planning on getting a manicure at home, these eight products will help you ensure a professional end result.
Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure Set, $20.
The first thing to do is: you’ve got to get yourself a nice little manicure set that will take care of everything.The Sephora Collection’s seven-piece deluxe set includes a nail clipper, trimmer, cuticle trimmer, cuticle trimmer, regular nail clipper, double-ended trimmer/fader, toenail trimmer and scissors. And everything comes in a stylish striped bag so you don’t misplace things.
Deborah Lippmann CPR Keratin Protection and Repair Pen, $39.
Your actual nails get all the attention, but it’s also super important to take care of your cuticles. If you don’t, it’s like a yard trim, but leaves all the weeds behind! In addition to looking ugly, piles of cuticles can hinder the quality of your actual manicure, causing peeling and messy edges. There are two important steps to maintaining healthy cuticles: nourishing them with oil and trimming off dead cuticles, and Deborah Lippmann’s new CPR Cuticle Protection and Repair Pen, $39, does both well.
OPI Crystal Nail File, $9.95
Those piercing sandpaper feeling nail files are, well, nice, but switching to crystal nail files is a serious game changer. Also known as a “glass nail file,” this type of nail file never dulls and always provides a flawless finish. Glass also helps seal your nails around the edges of the cuticle to prevent a jagged finish. It is also easier to maintain hygiene.
Olive & June The Poppy, $15.99
Forget the clutter of applying nail polish. This talented manicure tool is ergonomically designed to fit snugly into your hands for a smoother, more “smooth” manicure. It can also be mounted on any standard size bottle, so you can use it with all your existing nail polish. You may doubt it, but trust us. This is another game-changing product.
Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit, $114.95
For a more permanent manicure, consider using a home gel system. If you’re unfamiliar, gel manicures utilize a special formula that cures under ultraviolet light or LED lights to make them super hard manicures that last longer. This is also a good option for those with brittle nails, or nails that get stuck easily.
It’s a multi-step process, but not really any more effort than a regular manicure (you know what with your pH bonder, base layer, color, topcoat) that actually dries instantly so you can get back to business immediately. There are a bunch of kits out there, but this stellar selection comes with everything you need, including a powerful light.
The Sign Tribe Remove And Chill Nail Polish Eraser Cream, $14.99.
This aggressive alternative to the award-winning nail polish remover may feel like a trick, but it certainly works. The gentle, emulsion-like recipe is applied to your nails, set for a few minutes, and then can be wiped off – with old polish – using paper towels or cotton wool. (Note that it only works on regular nail polish and is not effective on gels, shellac, impregnants or acrylics. You’ll need to wipe directly with acetone).
Teenitor Nail Art Addict Set, $10.99.
Channel your inner Van Gogh with this comprehensive manicure set, available on Amazon. It contains five embellishment tools, a variety of fine wire brushes, gemstones, gold leaf and nail tape. Play to your heart’s content!
Static Manicure Reusable Pop-up Manicure, $16.
Those who want to do the absolute minimum, but still produce wow results should go all in on pressing their nails. They’ve come a long way, even in the last few years, boasting realistic finishes, tons of different designs, and adhesives that will stay in place even longer than regular nail polish. This is a great option; they are lightweight but durable, can be removed and re-laminated, can be filed to your preferred length/shape, and are chic AF.