At-home manicures don’t have to be boring. You can play around with gel polishes, dip powder kits, and even acrylics. The latter might sound intimidating for a beginner, but with the right tools (and some patience) you can achieve nail salon-worthy results right from your living room.
“With some practice, doing your own acrylic nails at home can be beneficial,” says Jackie Truong, co-founder of LeChat Nails. “Acrylics can provide a strong coating and protect weak nails,” she adds. Plus, becoming your own nail technician can save you some major dough.
Before you start diving in, it’s important to find an acrylic nail kit that has all the bells and whistles. “A basic nail kit should not only include the products—prep solution, primer, powders, and top coat—but should also have the tools,” says Truong. “Make sure your kit includes an application brush, file, buffers, and nail tips.” And remember—practice makes perfect. “Practice your technique on artificial plastic tips first to familiarize yourself with the product’s consistency and drying time,” says Truong.