Are you addicted to nail polish too? Good. You’ve come to the right place. Because we’re always trying to stretch our budget, we’ve got loads of ideas on how to get your fix at home, rather than spending at the salon.
Getting an at home manicure that measures up to the real deal at the salon really comes down to having the right supplies. We consider these 11 to be essentials. You already know about the usual suspects like nail polish remover, cotton balls and a good quality nail file, but there are a few others worth calling out.
First, your at-home manicure is not complete without a package of disposable gloves. Because chipping one nail should not mean having to start from scratch on the other nine. Keep these on hand, so you can protect the hand with the remover-soaked cotton ball for those times you chip your handiwork on day 1. (And God forbid, for the times you decide to do your toes last.)
And what really makes an at-home mani measure up is how you treat your cuticles. Invest in a great cuticle remover, pusher and nipper up front and they’ll pay for themselves after all the salon jobs you can now skip. Seriously, ya’ll. The Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover is life altering.
Lastly, if snags and chips make you insane, it’s smart to carry two purse-sized things with you. Revlon’s Box O’ Files and Deborah Lippmann’s The Stripper To Go are fast fixes for life’s little emergencies.
1. Playtex Clean Cuisine Disposable Gloves from Drugstore.com
2. Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover from Drugstore.com
3. Inside Out Bowl from Anthropologie
4. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover from Beauty.com
5. Tweezerman Pushy Cuticle Pusher from Ulta
6. Diane Cushion Nail File from Ulta
7. Angled Cuticle Nipper from Sephora
8. Trim 4 Way Buffing Block from Drugstore.com
9. Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go from Beauty.com
10. Revlon Box O’Files from Ulta
11. Dior Apricot Fortifying Cream from Sephora
No color collection is complete without a few neutrals, pinks, reds, non-traditional nail colors and polishes with a little sparkle. Our favorites for each of these categories are in the shopping guide below, but there are a few basic polishes you need for any color to look it’s best. Deborah Lippmann’s Coat of Arms Base Coat is our favorite for giving polish a flawless foundation. If you’re going to use a bright polish, use a coat of Essie’s Marshmellow first, so it really pops. And Sally Hansen’s Dries Instantly Top Coat is our favorite when we’re in a time crunch. (Which is pretty much always.)
The Basics (from left to right)
Deborah Lippmann Coat of Arms Base Coat, Essie Marshmellow, Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat, Deborah Lippman Gel Labs Top Coat
Necessary Neutrals (from left to right)
Essie Mademoiselle, OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, Essie Power Clutch, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
Perfect Pinks (from left to right)
OPI My Chihuahua Bites, Deborah Lippmann Daytripper, Essie Tart Deco, OPI Dutch Tulips
Classic Reds (from left to right)
Butter London Come to Bed Red, Essie Geranium, OPI Big Apple Red, Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men
Colorful Twists (from left to right)
Essie Turks and Caicos, Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Stylenomics, Essie Bobbing for Baubles
Add Some Sparkle (from left to right)
Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York, Revlon Sequin, Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, Butter London The Full Monte
For those of you who share our full-blown nail polish addiction, here are a few of our favorite extras too. You can get nails just as glossy as a salon gel manicure if you’ve got the right LED lamp and polish. Nail strips are a fun way to change things up (either on all ten or just a few accent nails), and the Kiss Top Coat Trio gives you three options for finishing any manicure – standard shine, matte or with a little sparkle. We love how these instantly update any color.
1. Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish in Merlot
2. Red Carpet Gel Polish in the Perfect Pair from Ulta
3. Red Carpet Gel Polish in the Drop Dead Gorgeous from Ulta
4. Kiss Everlasting Pro LED Gel Lamp
5. Kiss Nail Dress Strips
6. Kiss Top Coat Trio
7. Essie Nail Effects Sleek Sticks from Beauty.com
Stock up on these at-home mani essentials and you won’t have to feel guilty if you like to change your nail polish as frequently as you change your outfit!
mk & Gwynnie