Tools and tips for a perfect at-home manicure

Save yourself a salon trip and get professional-looking digits at home.

Our top tips for your top tips:

1. Pack your manicure tool kit with the following: nail clippers, nail files, ridge filler (or base coat), polish and a good topcoat.

2. Clip and file nails, and then apply a base coat or ridge filler to smooth nails and prevent staining.

3. Swipe on two coats of polish. Make sure to allow a few minutes of drying time between coats.

4. Finish with a thin layer of clear topcoat and let your mani dry for at least 10 minutes.

PRO TIP: Protect hands from the sun by applying cuticle oil and a hand lotion with SPF daily.


The 10 best microbead-free scrubs and exfoliants
Our favourite hand creams
The best body creams for glowing summer skin



Get Chatelaine in your inbox!

Our very best stories, recipes, style and shopping tips, horoscopes and special offers. Delivered every weekday morning.