All the Manicure Essentials You Need for Salon Nails At Home
I know there is always room to grow, but if it’s one thing I know without a doubt it’s nails. I keep up with the new formulas, techniques, all of it. Now, you might assume since I am a self-proclaimed nail encyclopedia that I get my nails done all the time and keep a fun and interesting set. That could not be further from the truth. I actually prefer to do my own nails, which I believe made me learn so much about them. Let’s be honest here for a sec, going to a salon does not mean you are getting the best quality manicure. I learned quickly when my nails would chip 2 days after that I can do this on my own; and better.
Many people like to skip right over this part and get straight to the polish. You need a few tools to clean up the nail beds and cuticles. First, a nail file is essential. You don’t need anything fancy here any one will do. Just make sure to file in one direction to prevent splitting the nails. A cuticle pusher is key as well. I am firmly against clipping the cuticles. Have you noticed when you clip your cuticles the skin grows back rough and dry? Kind of like a scab because that skin is supposed to be there. Just push it back some for a clean base. Finally, a buffing block. This is the key to a smooth ridge free nail. (click images to shop)
Base Coat & Cuticle Cream
First, you will need a cuticle cream or oil to loosen up any dead skin on the nails to be pushed back and off. I use this one by Sally Hansen. I also really love Julep’s and CND’s cuticle oil. Now for your base coat, pick something that addresses your nails concerns. I want my nails to be as strong as possible so I stick with OPI’s Nail Envy. (click images below to shop)
Top Coat & Polish
You might assume that the polish is the most important part of manicure and it’s actually the opposite. Pick whatever color and formula you like. A lot of brands have long wearing formulas these days so if chipping is a concern I would gravitate towards one of those. Although, I think I have found a way around chipping and that is with CND’s Vinylux topcoat. My nails never ever chip with this topcoat. At the most, they wear down a bit but never chip. And it actually does last a full 7 days. Why have a line of Vinylux colors as well for double the wear. I personally pick out polish based on color alone, Sally Hansen’s Rose Quarts has been my favorite neutral lately.
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