For many, a fresh, shiny manicure is one of the best ways to turn an ordinary act of self-care into a deeply satisfying weekly task. It's the little things that make us feel polished and put together, right?
Whether you love the luxury of a salon manicure or it's meditative for you to file, hydrate, and polish your own digits, the act of having groomed nails — especially if you stare at your hands all day at a keyboard — is truly priceless. There's also something to be said for finding the perfect nude for
your skin tone, a red that makes you feel like a badass, and art that let's you express yourself without a single word. In short, a manicure is so much more than a manicure.
To make this experience even better, we've rounded up everything you need to get your polish on at home. Bonus: We found all our favorites on Amazon Prime, which means you can get the tools and products you need, fast. Shop our picks, ahead.
Treatments & Tools We get it: The drill at nail salons is a lot more complicated than your average at-home experience, but that doesn't mean you should skimp on the right treatments and tools to moisturize and trim your digits. If you add an oil like this to your nighttime ritual, your nails will be happy in no time. The formula uses keratin and collagen to nourish and moisturize cuticles back to health and the applicator brush makes it way easy to use.
Julep Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum, 0.09 fl. oz.,
A revitalizing cuticle oil that uses honey to heal cracked and dry nail beds? Sign us up!
Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil, Milk and Honey,
Behold: All the tools of the trade in one set. With a little practice, these cuticle pushers and nail cutters will take your at-home mani to the next level.
Sunsbell®Stainless Steel Nail Cuticle Spoon Pusher Remover Nail Cut Tool Pedicure Manicure Set,
You probably need a new four-sided file to help you score every desired nail shape. Whether you love a long, elegant nail, or something short and chic, this easy-to-hold block will leave them smooth and free of snags.
Art Shiner Buffer 4 Ways Polish Sanding File Block Manicure Product,
Remover & Nail Prep Sure, removing your old polish is key, but before you even think about color, make sure your nails are free of residue that could affect the longevity of your manicure. These scrubbing pads are individually wrapped and soaked in remover. A few quick rubs with one of these and your nails will be clean and ready for a base coat.
butter LONDON Nail Scrubbers,
These individually wrapped remover wipes from Julep are great for traveling, too. One wipe will take the polish off of all ten fingers!
Julep Clean Slate Polish Remover Single Use Pad Kit, 10 Count,
For the at-home-mani enthusiast, this four step set from Zoya will keep your nails healthy, shiny, and chip-free.
ZOYA Mini Color Lock System Manicure Kit,
Base Coats This bonding base coat makes manicures last an extra few days. Easy to use and 5-free (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, or camphor), we swear by this formula.
Julep Stick It to Me Oxygen Bonding Base Coat,
A cult favorite, Jin Soon's quick-dry base/top coat keeps our color lasting longer than average.
JINsoon Gloss Quick Dry Top Nail Coat [Single],
Color Looking for the perfect beige? The hints of pink in this formula work with a wide range of skin tones thanks to the sheer finish and neutral undertone.
Tenoverten The Foundation Base Nail Coat,
We definitely don't need to expand our polish collection by this much — our bathroom cabinets are overflowing with tiny bottles as is — but we can't help ogling this set of "Naked" minis. Hey, at least they're small!
ZOYA Mini Pro Kit,
Stop your search because the perfect shades for fall have arrived. Which to try first, however, is not so simple.
SHANY Nail Polish Set - 12 Nude and Natural Shades,
Top Coats Another R29 beauty team favorite, Smith & Cult delivers a long-lasting, high-shine finish.
Smith & Cult
Smith & Cult Nail Polish top coat,
We love this top coat option, too. The dropper makes for super easy application and it keeps our nails shiny and chip-free for a week.
If you're big on the matte nail trend (like us), try this top coat from Sally Hansen. It'll transform any of your glossy favorites into a satisfying matte look.
Sally Hansen Treatment Big Matte Top Coat,
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edited by Nicola Pardy.