Clean your canvas
Erase the remains of your last mani without damaging your nails with this polish remover/hand cleanser set by Tenoverten. They come in wipes, so the process couldn’t be easier.
Gather your tools
This simple kit from Violet Grey has everything you need to get started: a glass file, nail clippers, cuticle clippers, and cuticle oil.
Hydrate with this Dermask by Dr. Jart+, which was inspired by professional salon techniques.
Start with a good base
Sundays makes a super hydrating base coat. As an added bonus, the brand sells it as a package with its top coat polish.
For those who love classic colors:
Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” is an incredibly popular neutral that can be found at most nail salons in the city.
For those who love trendy colors:
Earlier this year, Pantone proclaimed “blue” is the color of 2020. While this shade by Veque is lighter than what the color giant suggested, it feels more seasonally appropriate.
For those who love bold colors:
If ever there was a time to experiment with your beauty look and go outside your comfort zone, it’s now.
For those who want to play around:
Minimalist nail art, mixing complimentary shades, and multi-colored manicures (especially in neutral hues) are currently trending online. Paintbox has a series of polish duos to get you started. The brand also has images and tutorials on Instagram for design inspiration!
Set the mood
Most spas have a soundtrack. Sundays in NYC offers guided meditation as an add-on for its manicure services. Now, you can get the same experience at home.
Keep your hands feeling smooth
Take care of your mani until you can get back to the salon with a daily hand cream. This one by Diptyque smells like sweet almonds and Virginia cedar.