Whether you’re trying to save money or going to the salon just isn’t an option, there’s no better time than now to master your very own manicure at home, so if you’re devoted to DIY nails then follow our easy guide to creating the ultimate manicure from the comfort of your own home…

Step 1: Prep

If you’re longing for those salon-worthy nails then it’s vital that you do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. This means clipping your nails if necessary and filing and buffing. For a gorgeously smooth nail, gently move your file in one direction to ensure that your tips are either square, round or somewhere in between. The LaRoc 12 Piece Manicure Kit features a selection of nail tools, perfect for keeping your nail in tip-top condition!

Another crucial part of prepping is using a nail polish remover to make sure any excess polish has been removed. Sally Hansen’s Strengthening Nail Polish Remover quickly takes off all polish, whilst providing essential nutrients to help strengthen your nails and moisturise your cuticles too. Just run a cotton pad of remover over each nail to rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish. 

Step 2: Care 

To achieve a long-lasting nail look, it’s important that you take care of your nails with products that provide strengthening and growth ingredients. Sally Hansen’s Growth Maximum Nail Care ensures your nails growth process speeds up whilst protecting your nails, ensuring that they can grow to their fullest potential!

Who doesn’t love a delicate hand massage whilst having their nails done? We know we sure do! It’s important to moisturise before you polish to avoid smudging your almost-dry nails polish later. Dr PawPaw’s Age Renewal Hand Cream Orange & Mango offers a fresh scented moisture boost that provides a replenishing formula, feeding your skin with essential ingredients, whilst soothing palms and combatting signs of ageing.

Step 3: Polish

You’ve finally reached the fun part! Apply a coat of your colour of choice, making sure your brush reaches the bottom of the nail, right down to the cuticle and into the corners of your nail. Making sure that you apply maximum coverage on your first coat makes the second coat a breeze. If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate gel-nail dupe in a large shade range then try out Rimmel’s SuperGel, this polish provides gorgeous nails, from the comfort of your own home.

Before you finish, don’t forget to apply a second coat of polish and be sure to pop a top coat on too. Top coats are vital for protecting your manicure from chipping and adding a splash of shine to your nails. Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel is perfect for giving your nails a mirror-like gleam that you get from the salon!

Beauty Box Bonus: 

Feeling a little lazy and don’t want to shop around for individual nail products? Why not try our Nailed It Beauty Box! Packed with six vital perfect nail products, this set features everything you could need and more for ultimate at-home manicure, with two colour choices and some extras… We really have Nailed It.

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