Posted in Beauty on May 30, 2012

Every woman has the right to beautiful nails. But trips to the nail salon can be time consuming and costly. Thankfully, sitting in a crowded nail salon is not the only way to get a manicure. With the right nail supplies, you can get a professional looking manicure without leaving the house. Here are some essential nail supplies for the perfect do-it-yourself manicure.

 

Disposable Nail Supplies

 

A beautiful manicure starts with maintaining the health of your nails and cuticles. So cuticle remover, nail hardener, polish remover, and nail color are all must-have nail supplies for DIY manicures. Cuticle remover softens the cuticles so dead skin can be easily removed. Polish remover removes old nail polish from  your fingernails. Nail hardener strengthens and protects the nails. And polish gives the nails a salon-finished look.

 

Portable Nail Station

 

No more shuffling through a cluttered cabinet to find misplaced nail supplies. A portable nail station offers you a convenient and organized place to store your nail polish, cotton balls, and polish remover.Some nail stations even come equipped with small stands to support your hands and make doing manicures easier.

 

Nail File and Cuticle Stick

 

A cuticle stick is used to push back the cuticles, and remove the dead skin. Injured cuticles can lead to bacteria growth, so be careful not to damage them when using the cuticle stick. Push the cuticle back gently, angle the stick, and use light circular motions to prevent damage to the cuticles.

Nail files are used to shape and smooth the rough edges of the fingernails. Nail files can be purchased in ceramic, glass, and metal. You can also buy emery boards. However, emery boards are not meant to last, so in the long-term they may not be as cost-effective as other types of nail files.

 

Nail Buffer

 

A nail buffer is used to remove ridges and pits from the surface of the nails. Buffers also polish the fingernails to give them a smooth healthy appearance. Buffing should only be done once a month. Too much buffing will cause damage to your nails. When you buff your nails, make sure they are clean, dry, and polish-free.