If you trust only yourself and don't go to nail artists, you need a good set of tools. What does it include?

A home manicure will turn out no worse than a salon one, if you know the rules for its implementation and often practice. You can not do without professional tools - with skillful handling, they will provide the best result. True, not everyone is familiar with the full list of necessary things. We will tell you what is required for a home manicure and offer step-by-step instructions with useful tips.

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How often do you get your nails done?

  • Every other week
  • Every three weeks
  • Once a month
  • Less than once a month

Perfect bridal manicure?

  • French (French)
  • Soft beige or pink finish
  • Red manicure
  • Manicure with rhinestones or glitter polish

How do you choose the shade of a pedicure?

  • I choose the same color as on the nails
  • I always choose a different color than on my hands
  • depending on the mood
  • I love experiments and I choose pedicure with design

What is your favorite makeup item?

  • Smokey eyes
  • Red lips
  • Arrows
  • Maximum natural eye and lip makeup
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Your wardrobe has more

  • Sportswear
  • Women's dresses and skirts
  • Office Style
  • Jeans and T-shirts
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Which beauty quote do you like best?

  • "In order to be beautiful, it is enough for a woman to have a black sweater, a black skirt and walk arm in arm with the man she loves." Yves Saint Laurent
  • "It's hard to be irresistible if you're lazy." Sophia Loren
  • “The most attractive thing about a woman is her confidence. You can be beautiful, but if you're not confident, you can't be sexy." Beyoncé
  • “Do you want to know the ultimate beauty secret? Fall in love - it really works! Nicole Kidman
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Which star look do you like best?

  • Irina Shayk
  • Eva Longoria
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Zoe Kravitz

When starting to search for tools, decide what kind of manicure you will do - there are many options. It can be a classic (edged manicure with cuticle removal), a European manicure (a “dry” unedged manicure that is performed without soaking), or even a hardware one. The set of items necessary for work depends on this.

What tools do you need for a manicure at home: a complete list

  1. Tweezers and scissors

    Even if you prefer an unedged manicure, you can't do without these tools - you will need them to adjust the length of your nails and remove burrs. Well, if you cut the skin at the base of the nails, tweezers or scissors are needed even more so. There is also a separate tool created in order to cut off the excess - this is a nipser (the official name for those very “nippers”). Its advantage is safety, which is ensured by the fact that its blades are slightly curved inward.

  2. Cuticle pusher tools

    It's about a metal pusher and orange sticks. Both are used, as a rule, after softening the cuticle and applying the remover gel. It is believed that when using an orange stick, you have less risk of injuring your nails, so it is preferable in home manicure.

    Additionally, you can use a scraper (its second name is “dovetail”) - this is a manicure knife, which also processes the cuticle. As a rule, it is very sharp, so it is more suitable for professionals. There is also a trimmer - a tool with a V-shaped blade that can easily cut off a strip of cuticle; True, you need to act without pressure, so as not to get hurt. Before you start processing the cuticle, we advise you to read our instructions.

  3. Bath

    It can be a separate container specifically for manicure or just a deep enough bowl. It is filled with water and soapy water to soften the cuticle.

  4. Files

    It is known that one cannot do without them, but not everyone knows which files are needed for manicure. It is better to have several - with different abrasiveness (it determines the hardness of the working surface).

  5. Buff

    This is one of the types of files - the softest. Therefore, it is used to polish nails, making them smooth and shiny.

  6. Nail polish remover

    This is an all-purpose tool that removes both conventional and resistant coatings. It is better to choose formulas without acetone, so as not to harm the skin of the hands. Nail polish removers these days include caring ingredients - for example, avocado extract can be found in the Gentel Remover ingredient list from Maybelline New York.

    Gentel Remover, Maybelline

  7. Means are sold in different formats: in a regular bottle or in a bottle with a special sponge soaked in liquid. Choose the option that seems more convenient for you.

  8. Cotton pads

    They are indispensable for removing gel polish, as well as correcting blemishes when applying color. Cotton buds will also help correct inaccuracies.

  9. Foil

    Needed if you decide to remove the resistant coating at home. Foil is wrapped around fingers with cotton pads applied to the nails soaked in gel polish remover.

  10. Degreasing Coating

    It is applied to nails prepared for manicure, so that the varnish layer “adheres” to their surface better and the result is more resistant.

  11. Lacquer Base

    The base increases the durability of the manicure and protects the nail plate from the penetration of coloring pigments into the nail structure. High-quality base coats level the nail plate, fill small cracks and prevent chips.See for yourself - try Essie's All In One Base.

  12. Colored polish

    What varnishes do you need for a manicure? It’s good to always have several universal shades on hand: white, nude, red, black, and choose additional ones according to the occasion. You can easily find both in the Essie collection: from deep wine to flesh

  13. Top coat

    This polish sets the look. And provides a beautiful glossy "finish" that gives the manicure a special gloss.

  14. Express dryer for nail polish

    Available in a variety of formats such as polish, spray or drip dry like Essie's Quick-e.

    The principle of action is the same: the tool creates a protective film that prevents the layers of varnish from mixing and thereby speeds up drying. For more tips to help your nail polish dry faster, click here.

  15. Cuticle oil

    This tool is useful at the final stage of manicure - the skin around the nails is smeared with oil. Once absorbed, it saturates the skin with useful substances and provides hands with a neat look.

    Take a closer look at Essie's Apricot, which contains cottonseed, almond, soybean and sunflower oils.

  16. Hand cream

    Since a beautiful manicure is not only neat well-groomed nails, but also a good condition of the skin of the hands, do not forget to use a moisturizer. Try, for example, cream from Kiehl's.

Manicure technique: step by step instructions

Make sure you have everything you need for a manicure at home. The easiest option, which is suitable even for those who do not have much experience in self-care of nails, is a “dry” unedged manicure.

Before you start manicure, watch our detailed video tutorial.

  1. Use scissors or nippers, as well as a nail file, adjust the length and shape of the nails. By the way, so that the nails do not exfoliate after a manicure, it is better to file them in one direction.

  2. Buff the surface of your nails with a buff.

  3. Push back the cuticle, apply a remover on it and after a couple of minutes, use a pusher to remove the remnants of dissolved dead skin particles. Finish off the cuticle by biting off the burrs with the tweezers.

  4. Apply a degreasing coat to your nails or wipe them with nail polish remover.

  5. Apply one coat of base, then two coats of colored polish, and finally a top coat. Use a dryer if necessary. Each layer of varnish should be thoroughly dried, otherwise the risk of smearing a fresh manicure will be very high.

    If you wish, you can use the dryer to save time.

    Same as Essie's Quick-e drops.

  6. When polishes are completely dry, apply cuticle oil first, and then hand cream.

Recommendations from professional masters for beginners

There may be many unfamiliar names on the list of things you need for a manicure. It makes sense to study the purpose of these items - perhaps photo and video tutorials will come in handy. And also - to find out what advice the professionals give.

  • At first, do not touch sharp tools like a trimmer, scraper, wire cutters, even a metal pusher should be put aside. These are professional tools that require certain skills to use. A little more pressure and you will get damage, after which the nails may need a long recovery.

  • Plan your time. For the first "sessions" of manicure you will need about two hours. You shouldn't hurry. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting a poor-quality result or making mistakes that will affect the he alth of the nails.

For the rest, only practice will help beginners - you need to do a manicure regularly (and, perhaps, not only for yourself) in order to "fill your hand" and feel confident, wielding manicure tools.

Do you have all the tools you need for a home manicure? Do you prefer a manicure at home to a salon one? Write a comment.