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Nailing the at-home manicure

Checking out your freshly groomed nails is one way to give yourself an instant lift. Here’s everything you need to perfect a DIY manicure at home, with the help of a few well-chosen essentials.

1. Perfect the shape

Whether you prefer round, square or almond, a good emery board is an absolute essential to keep nails shaped to your liking. The ergonomically shaped Quo Beauty Extra Thick Emery Board is curved, which offers a wider surface and helps smooth edges right up to the cuticles.

2. Take care of the nail bed

Brittle nails in need of a little TLC? Part of the brand’s vegan, 15-free line of lacquers, Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Vegan Nail Colour Hardener minimizes the look of ridges and imperfections and strengthens weak nails — a must before applying colour.

3. Choose a polish that’s kind to nails

Quo Beauty Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment in “Mind Rewind” is a fast-drying lacquer that helps protect the natural physiology of your nails, while still allowing water-vapour and air to pass through.

4. Get that mirror finish

One of the best things about a gel mani is that unreal reflective shine. With CND VinylLux Gel-like Effect Top Coat, you can achieve the shine and cushiony plump feel of a gel manicure but remove it as easily as regular nail polish.

5. Add a fun finish

Whether you use it alone for a hit of twinkle or on top of another colour to add glimmering dimension, Pacifica Plant Magic Translucent Topper in “Rainbow Gloss” is so much fun. This formula is also free of 16 nasties, vegan, cruelty-free, bio-based and made with ingredients from renewable vegetable biomass. Plus, did we mention it’s fun?

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