If your budget—or a packed schedule—won't allow for a trip to the salon, there's no need to let your tips go bare. You can nail a professional-looking manicure right in the comfort of your own kitchen—provided you've mastered these tips. Follow our simple step-by-step.More
Soak a cotton pad in polish remover and let it sit on the nail for a few seconds. This will allow you to sweep away old polish in one quick motion—no harsh scrubbing necessary.
Using a fine-grit file, shape nails so they mirror the arc of your cuticle. "Be sure to file in one direction to reduce your risk of splitting," says Illamasqua nail expert Fleury Rose.