Everything You Need for an At-Home Manicure

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 06/23/2015 | 03:33 PM EDT

Sometimes you just don't have the time or energy to hit the nail salon

Let’s face it; sometimes we just don’t have the time to get to the nail salon. We’re busy making plans, running errands and even running businesses. That’s why we came up with a list of everything a woman needs to do her perfect at-home manicure.


Bring out your favorite bottle of wine, crank up some Beyonce and relax as your paint your digits.


Tool #1: A really good nail polish remover

The Sephora Instant Nail Polish remover is a hit! Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and GMOs, this remover will easily get rid of dark, heavy lacquers in no time.


Tool #2: A great nail file

The Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File is one of the top files in the industry. Gentle on your nails and extremely effective, this nail file will magically sculpt your nails to perfection without the hassle. Make the $10.50 investment in this file. We promise you won’t be disappointed.


Tool #3: A gentle cuticle remover and stick

We’re not in the business of cutting cuticles, sorry ladies. Pushing back your cuticles will do. Just pick up this Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover and you’ll be good to go.


Tool #4: A good base coat

If you have no problem spending money on a top-notch base and topcoat, save some time and purchase the tenoverten Nail Care System. But for the women who just want a simple, good base coat, let us suggest the OPI Natural Base Coat. Revlon’s Nail Care Quick Dry Polish is another great choice.


Tool #5: A good topcoat

The finishing product in a perfect manicure is a sufficient topcoat. We love the Sally Hansen Big Shiny Topcoat, found at most drugstores. For another high shine top coat that last pretty well, we like the Seche Vite topcoat, which has become a cult classic in the beauty business.

(Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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