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How to Get Yourself the Perfect At-Home Manicure

At-home manicures are achievable with the right tools and technique.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper towel
  • Nail file
  • Buffer
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle eraser (or oil)
  • Nail clipper
  • Wooden stick
  • Nail polish remover
  • Quick dry oil (optional)
  • Nail polish


  1. Prep your nails:
    • Wash hands and remove old polish with a paper towel.
    • Trim and file nails to your desired shape.
    • Buff nails and gently push back cuticles with a wooden stick softened by cuticle oil (or natural oil).
  2. Apply base coat and let dry.
  3. Apply 2 thin coats of nail polish, cleaning up mistakes with a wooden stick dipped in remover.
  4. Apply top coat for shine and protection.
  5. Air dry or use quick dry oil.


  • Use a table as a guide to ensure even filing.
  • Don’t overload the brush with polish to avoid bubbles and cracks.
  • Top coat protects your polish and makes it last longer.

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