• Courtney Blomquist

Nailed It! Best Tips for an At-home Mani-Pedi

If you’ve been social distancing, chances are you haven’t set foot in a salon in months and in these strange times, you can’t have a nice manicure unless you know how to do a nice manicure. So if you haven’t yet, it’s time to brush up on your mani-pedi skills.

The good news is, at home mani-pedis may not only benefit your wallet, but also your actual nails, because as much as we all love the salon, there are often downsides to professional manicures. The electric buffing tools, torture device cuticle trimmers, and damaging UV lights used at the salon have not been doing you any favors when it comes to the health of your appendages. At home, you actually have the opportunity to develop better mani-pedi habits that will lead to happier hands and feet. So embrace the opportunity to get back to the basics before you start selecting your polish color. I’ve put together some tips to guide you on your way.


Your cuticles are there for a reason. They actually protect your fingers from infection and cutting them away completely could put the health of your skin at risk. So it’s time to learn another way. Soak your nails in warm water to soften the cuticles, then gently rub your favorite cuticle oil or cream on your cuticles to moisten them.

Trimming and Shaping

While you probably have some nail and toenail trimmers at home, it’s also likely that they’re the rounded kind. This makes trimming a little more difficult when you’re trying to achieve a precise shape. Switch to using clippers with straight blades and you’ll experience a world of difference. They are simply better tools when it comes to cutting accuracy, and they’ll help you attain a more consistent look. You’ll find that it’s practically meditative after a while, which makes it a self-care twofer.


A nail file only takes you so far, so if you’re looking to polish up the surface of your nails, you’d better get yourself a buffer block. These miracle tools remove stains from previous manicures, smooth out surface ridges, and lead to naturally shiny nails, and unlike electric salon tools, a buffer will strengthen your nails instead of weakening them.


Once you start putting these tips into practice, you’ll find that your nails look polished even when they’re bare. If you want to experiment with color, try anything but an at-home gel manicure kit. You don’t need that damaging light in your life! Experiment with at-home dip kits, fancy polish, or anything that doesn’t lead to damage. Healthy nails are beautiful nails, so approach your manicures from that mindset and you’ll be golden. For starters, try some of the non-toxic, vegan polishes made by Habit Cosmetics. Their colors are amazing and they make it easy to look on-trend, without compromising the health of your nails. Cheers to looking polished and perfecting the process from home!

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