You can skip the salon, but don’t neglect your nails. TLC treatments and low-commitment lacquers make it easy to follow a DIY routine.

By Erica Metzger
Updated February 21, 2019

As much as I love a fresh manicure, they’re hard to justify because I can’t give my kids a bath without chipping the polish. So unless it’s a special occasion, I usually keep my nails short and bare. Admittedly, that means they don’t look as put together as I’d like.

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But celebrity manicurist Miss Pop says, “Your nails don’t have to be polished to look polished.” Her No. 1 trick? Moisturize your cuticles every day. “Cuticle oil gives the nail flexibility, enhances shine, and prevents hangnails,” she says.

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Here are four DIY nail care products to keep you nails looking great without stepping foot in a salon.

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Tinted Base Coat

A base coat adds shine to bare nails but doesn’t hide stains. This violet tint counteracts yellow tones. With Biotin, Green Tea, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Vitamin E, you can apply this as a neutralizing base coat or wear alone for a perfected natural look.

Buy It: Genie in a Bottle Illuminating Nail Tone Perfector Base Coat, $20

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Nail & Cuticle Care

This three-step treatment kit is like a facial for your nails. It exfoliates and hydrates them so they feel soft, smooth, and healthy once more.

Buy It: Nu Skin Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System, $52.79

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Moisturizing Mist

Dry hands can lead to hangnails, so I love how this hydrating spray moisturizes without feeling greasy. The formula of moisture imparting hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants helps to improve the look of hands, feet, and body.

Buy It: Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand & Body Serum, $12

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Long-Wearing Polish

Need a durable polish that'll stand up to your busy schedule? Pair Essie's gel polish and gel top coat, and you'll have a tough-as-nails manicure that will outlast traditional polishes.

Buy It: essie Gel Couture Nail Color, $9.03


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