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Doing your nails at home is a great way to save money, hone a new skill, and, well, ensure all the tools and products you use are safe and clean. However, you do need a few things to get you started. Here’s our guide to curating a clean at-home mani kit—plus a handful of our top recs.
How to build a mani kit.
To craft your at-home manicure set, first evaluate how high-maintenance your normal nail “look” is. If you just want buff, no-fuss nails, your kit will be much more minimalist than if you want long gel-like nails. Regardless, here’s the basic kit you’ll need if you want a salon-grade mani:
- Nail file
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle oil (we recommend jojoba oil or even a fast-absorbing hair oil will do)
Consider it your checklist; take stock of what you have, and then order what you don’t. If you’re starting from scratch, however, it might be easier to scroll down to the pre-assembled options below. Finally, if you are transitioning from gels, acrylics, or dip nails to natural, you can read our helpful guide on natural nail removal.
Of course, you may want to go a step beyond maintenance. In that case, here’s what we recommend as add-ons:
- For buff, bare nails: a clean, clear strengthener to feed nails without color and add a layer of shine
- For polish wearers: polish remover and pads, 7-free polishes of choice, 7-free base and top coat
- Totally optional: quick-dry drops, hand cream, nail art brushes
You may be tempted to buy a pre-assembled option—we’ve got you covered there, too. Here are a few options that fit your needs no matter how intense, or not, you want to get.
Olive & June The Everything Box
This Los Angeles–based clean brand has packed up everything that makes their in-salon service so special—and then some. The brand offers three different sizes, ranging from a 9-piece set to a 14-piece set. The Everything Box—or the most luxe and all-inclusive option—comes with a nail polish remover pot to erase old polish and prep nails, a thinner brush for easy touchups, a flat-edge nail clipper, dua