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How To 28 March 2023

The Ultimate Guide To An At-home Manicure

Rock flawless nails, and do them in the comfort of your own home.

There is no better feeling that a fresh manicure, but unfortunately, a viral NYT article recently uncovered that they may be doing more harm than good. Allegedly, gel manicures set with UV lights could lead to skin cancer, so for a confident and upbeat feeling without unnecessary risks, it's essential to consider the alternatives. Below you'll discover at-home alternatives that ensure safety!

Words By Erin Visagie

Gel Polish

You’re spoilt for choice if you love gel polishes, thanks to there being a plethora on the market. Using a salon-style application without UV light involves choosing a shade you like and gliding your nail polish from the cuticle to the tip of your fingernail in thin layers. Next, allow your nails to dry for two to five minutes, apply a second coat, let it dry, and apply a top coat to prevent chipping, peeling, and smudging.

If you want long-lasting, flawless gel-like shine, try Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish. You’ll always look trendy with the brush’s even coverage, long-lasting formula, and stylish shades inspired by catwalk trends.

For a luxurious feel, try the Gucci Beauty Vernis À Ongles. With its stunning, high-shine finish and pop of eye-catching colour, this nail varnish offers a long-lasting glossy, glamorous finish. The nail polish is applied effortlessly and evenly with a tailored brush and a plant-based formula.

Look no further than Smith & Cult nail polish for a cute nude pink manicure. Featuring a semi-sheer pale nude pink finish that is chip-resistant and vegan cruelty-free, it is highly shined, semi-sheer, and has a high shine.

With a slimline brush, Smith & Cult nail lacquers deliver precision application with self-levelling formulas that dry evenly on the nail.

Browse our top gel polish picks below, which don’t require that nasty UV light.

Gucci Beauty Nail Polish Crystal Black 700, $30, Net-a-Porter

Dip powder nails

There is no better alternative to traditional polish than Dip Powder nails, commonly referred to as SNS in the salon. This process requires no UV lights, acrylic or gel tips for this long-lasting manicure. Instead, this look is achieved by applying a primer, followed by a base coat then the dipping process begins. After your base coat is dry, dip your nails in the dipping powder, tap off any excess powder, brush away any excess powder with a fluffy brush, and reapply basecoat, dipping powder, activator, file your nails, and buff them with your nail buffer.

Sample Beauty Nail Dip Powder is a good dipping powder to try. With this innovative product, you can easily create salon-quality nails in the comfort of your home without UV light, and they will look flawless for up to four weeks.

The Sample Beauty Activator liquid will help set your nails. When the product is applied to your nails, it hardens and secures them instantly. Additionally, it can be easily used and removed.

The Sample Beauty nail set is a cute set with everything you need. Embrace your inner artist with this ten-piece dipping powder manicure kit. The kit contains acetone, top coat, primer, brush restorer, activator liquid, base coat, and four mystery nail dip powders!

Sample Beauty Nail Dipping Powder, $10.25, Beauty Bay

Stick On Manicures

Stick-on manicures are perfect for people who are always on the go. There is minimal drying time, they last a long time and they’re perfect for the non-committal girly!

You can’t go wrong with the Instant Mani, a modern, on-trend press-on nail set that’s fantastic for your first set of nails. When applied with nail glue, they last a while and can be removed easily.

You’ll love Clueless x Revolution False Nails if you’re looking for cute stick-on nails for the weekend. This set includes 15 nails inspired by Tai from Clueless and nail glue. The nails are very 90’s on trend and cost-effective!

Ensure your nails are clean and dry, then use long-lasting nail glue like Instant Mani’s Brush-On Glue. You can apply it quickly, and it will keep your nails in place for a long time.

Discover more great press on nail picks below.

Instant Mani Co. Brush On Nail Glue, $11, Sephora

Manicure Tools

Before starting your at-home manicure, you’ll need the right tools to ensure your nails look their best.

Everyone should have several essential tools, including nail files, nail buffers, nail clippers, cuticle pushers, cuticle clippers, nail polish remover, and cuticle oil. Using each product to achieve a flawless nail look is essential, but you should be careful when trimming or pushing back your cuticles to avoid damage or bleeding.

The Manucurist’s Nail Art Brush is an excellent choice if you’re interested in trying nail art, as it’s small and precise enough to create gorgeous and intricate details. Plus, the bristles are vegan and the handle is made from sustainably grown wood.

Getting a Sephora Manicure Set for at-home manicures is a great idea. It contains a nail clipper, a nail file, a cuticle nipper, and a tweezer, all in a gorgeous bag. For quick and easy use, the nail clipper has a rounded cutting head that accommodates the curve of the nails!

We recommend the Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail and Cuticle serum, which contains tea tree and emu oil to hydrate your skin, prevent infection, and treat wounds, bruises, and burns. As a result, your nail beds will look radiant and buffed, just like the pros do it at the salon!

Browse Monde’s manicure tool selection below.

Manicurist Nail Art Brush, $31.68, Cult Beauty