While there’s no denying the unique joy of getting your nails done by a professional, weekly, or even monthly, trips to the nail salon aren’t feasible for everyone. Even if you can afford to build a beautiful long-term relationship with your local nail tech, there are plenty of reasons why doing your nails at home might work its way into your self-care routine. Take me, for example. My nails are very short, my cuticles are horrifying, and because I have great respect for nail artists, I prefer to deal with my messy hands in the privacy of my own home.
While the most exciting nail art trends are usually best left in the hands of a certified nail artist, there are plenty of products out there that, when used effectively, can create the illusion of a very professional manicure. From 3D nail gems — they’re all the rage right now. The Euphoria nail artist told me so —to press-on gels, these products will have folks asking you where you got your nails done. Scroll on for all the tools, decals, and brushes to pull off a spectacular manicure at home, all for less than $15.
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