How to Get the Perfect Manicure at Home
No visit to the salon required.
Whether you're trying to save money or going to the salon is simply not an option, there's never a bad time to master doing your own manicure at home. Not only is there a real satisfaction to painting your own nails, it can also have therapeutic benefits. But even if you're devoted to DIY nails, it can be hard to get the same results at home that you're used to at the salon.
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Between chipping, warping, and smudging, a lot can go wrong. That isn't to say it's impossible to get an Insta-worthy mani by yourself; it just takes a little practice and a good method. That's where we come in. We had celebrity manicurists spill their secrets on how to do a manicure like a pro, and turns out, it's easier than we thought. All it takes is 10 simple steps. Follow along for a mani so good you'll have people asking for your salon's address.
Step 1: Clean your nails with polish remover.
To get a great manicure at home, do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. That means starting with a good nail polish remover like Sally Hansen's. It quickly takes off all polish (even glitter) and has essential nutrients to help strengthen your nails and moisturize your cuticles. Even if you don't have polish on, you'll still want to run a cotton ball of remover over each nail to get rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap and water after.
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Step 2: Clip, file, and buff.
Clip nails first, if necessary. Then file gently, moving in one direction to get your tips square, round, or somewhere in between. Have thin nails? Try this tip we got from celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann: Hold the file flush to your nail and tilt it so you file from slightly underneath. "This allows you to see exactly what you're doing and helps protect against overfiling," she says. Finally, buff the tops and sides of your nails lightly with a nail buffer—not your emery board—to create a smooth surface. "If you don't buff, the natural oils in your nails can build up, leaving manicure-ruining residue on them," says Rita Remark, Essie global lead educator. "Buffing your nails is kind of like brushing your teeth—it's brightening, it makes nails look more youthful, and it gets rid of ridges."
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Step 3: Push back your cuticles.
Step 6: Apply a base coat.
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