The ultimate guide for an easy, at-home mani routine anyone can do.
If you’re a nail novice, minimalist, or simply someone who craves ease and effortlessness in your beauty routine, this guide was meant for you.
We celebrate the adventurous and the artistic but no matter how much we’re committed to our nail inspo Pinterest boards, there always comes a time when you need something simple—or a polish look you can perfect in a pinch. For on-the-go, out-the-door lakur application, goof-proof at-home manis, or last-minute nails for any spontaneous occasion, here’s what we recommend:
CHOOSE YOUR POLISH WISELY.
For a fuss-free polish you don’t have to worry about, choose a light, sheer color or a glitter lakur. Both add an instantly polished look (literally, too), but what’s great is that they can disguise a world of sins. Sloppy application? No worries; they’re nearly undetectable (unlike with pastel, bright, or most opaque polishes). Chipping edges? Also easy to get away with—or fix in a pinch even if Instant Smudge Fix isn’t in sight.
These are the best nail polishes to reach for:
- Illuminating Nail Concealer instantly brightens and hides any imperfections.
- Cheerio is sheer peachy-pink that gives a your-nails-but-better wash of color.
- Invisible Crown is pinkier in shade.
- Princess Awaits is s sheer white infused with delicate shimmer.
- Glasglow Glamour is packed with flecks of delicate, pink glitter.
- Britannia adds multi-dimensional gold glitter to create a statement, effortlessly.
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SPEED UP YOUR DRY TIME.
Accelerating Drying Oil is your best friend. Even if you have all the time in the world to let your top coat dry, a drop per nail keeps post-polish mishaps at bay. It’s specially formulated to help cut down that waiting period while preventing bubbles, streaks, smudges, and dents.
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KEEP YOUR IRL SMUDGE TOOL HANDY.
Say you do accidentally make a mistake or find a random dent in your freshly-applied polish. Instead of starting over or accepting your fate, reach for Instant Smudge Fix instead. Gently brush a thin layer to smooth out any smudges, let it dry, and follow with your top coat (and Accelerating Oil, for good measure!). If you’re dealing with a nick, fill in the dent with your polish, wait 10 seconds, then brush a light layer of Instant Smudge Fix to smooth out your lacquer. Just like that, your mani’s saved and good as new.
& REMEMBER: CARE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Make nailcare a part of your polish-in-a-pinch plan. When you don’t have time to reach for all the stops or want a quick DIY mani to look like it’s fresh out of the salon, apply Cuticle Gel (which is conveniently packaged in an easy-to-use pen) once your nails have completely dried. Massage the probiotic-infused gel into the entire nail area to add instant shine and give your cuticles a soothing boost, too.
Cuticle Gel Pen
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