Trying to re-create a salon-worthy manicure at home is easier said than done. No matter how still you try to hold your hands or how creative you get with your nail tools, it just never seems to turn out as good as when a pro does it. If you’re a righty, your left hand usually comes out better than your right, and vice versa. (We can never win.) While freshly polished nails are a staple for every beauty girl, we know the funds—or time—may not always be available, so we thought we’d share a few brilliant manicure hacks to get Insta-worthy nails every time:
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Ensure a clean finish.The number-one struggle of doing a manicure yourself is getting a clean finish. To make sure your polish doesn’t bleed outside your nail bed, take a small amount of glue and outline around the cuticle with a small brush. Paint your nails as usual, wait for them to dry, and then just peel off the glue. Voilà! Perfection.
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Disguise those pesky chips.Let’s face it: No matter how careful you are, a chipped nail is inevitable. For a quick fix, apply glitter polish over the nail. It’ll instantly hide any imperfections and add a fun accent to your mani. You can never go wrong with a bit of sparkle, right? And don’t worry about removing stubborn glitter polish—we’ve found that scrubbers work best.
Make neon colors stand out.Nude hues will aways be a classic choice, but for a fun look, bold and bright colors are the way to go. Now you can take neon nails to another level with one simple trick: For nails bright enough to stop traffic, simply apply a white basecoat, let it dry, then follow with your neon polish on top.