Hair & Beauty

Up Your At-Home Manicure Game With These Nail Art Design Tools

By Ranyhyn Laine
6th May 2020

Lizzo singing on stage in a bright blue geometric outfit with long french tip nails.

With all the extra handwashing, banana bread baking and gardening that we’re doing these days, no doubt your nails are looking a little worse for wear. If you’re a serial manicure-getter, you’re probably already looking for tips on how to do your nails at home, and acrylic nail lovers? Well, we don’t even want to think about how your nail beds are doing after six weeks in lockdown…

For anyone looking to bite the bullet and do a DIY manicure at home, here are some tools that will have your nails looking glamorous again in no time. 

Clarins Hand And Nail Treatment Cream 

Cost: $44

First things first—give your skin, nails and cuticles a bit of TLC with this moisturising cream. Not only will it keep your skin feeling soft, but it also strengthens your nails and boosts their growth, so you can come out of iso with better nails than ever.

Tube of Clarins Hand And Nail Treatment Cream

Gelish Artificial Nail Remover 

Cost: $39.95

This one is for anyone who’s desperately waiting for their gel nails to grow out, despairing over chipped polish and unsightly nail growth in the meantime. Use a professional level solvent to remove them and get your nails back to their natural state. Gelish even has a handy video on how to do it here.

Purple bottle of Gelish Artificial Nail Remover

Opi Infinite Shine Gel Effects Duo

Cost: $32.95

Ok, if you want to keep things simple, this nifty little set will get you all the effects of a gel set, without any more effort than a regular coat of nail polish. Just add an Opi nail polish in your preferred colour (we’re going with It Never Ends, in reference to our feelings about isolation), then apply a base layer, colour and top coat for a long-lasting finish. 

Box featuring two bottles of Opi nail polish on the front

Butter London Peel Off Glitter Lacquer

Cost: $20 

Sure, you might not be going anywhere to show off glitter nails, but there’s nothing like a bit of sparkle to brighten up your weekends in lockdown. Bonus, this glitter lacquer is easy to apply, and peels right off when you’ve had enough of the bling. Saturday night iso-date to Monday morning Zoom call in one easy step.

Two bottles of glitter nail polish

Rubi Stick On Nails

Cost: $9.99 

Now we know you would never normally resort to stick on nails, but these are strange and trying times—no one is going to judge you. Plus, these babies are only $9.99 and you get enough for two full sets. What. A. Quarantine. Bargain. 

Clear plastic packet of 12 stick on nails in blush pink.

Stylist Nail Art kit 

Cost: $19

For anyone who’s ambidextrous (or has a housemate with very steady hands), these fine nail art brushes are designed to create a range of designs, from dotting and fine lines to gallery-worthy masterpieces. Plan your design, prep your polish and away you go.

Zip lock bag with several fine paintbrushes on white background.

Ciate London The Cheat Sheets Nail Stickers 

Cost: $32

If you’ve laid down some colour and you’re looking to get a little bit fancy, but can’t wield a tiny paintbrush to save your life, these nail art stickers are your saviour. Just stick them straight onto your nails for an easy peasy design hack—you can even mix ‘em up if you want to go crazy.

Several sheets of nail art stickers splayed out

Salon Essentials At Home Nail Kit 

Cost: $99

This bank balance-friendly kit comes with everything you need to do a gel manicure at home, including a portable LED lamp for drying. You’ll get a base coat, two colours and a velvet matte top coat. If you’re not into the colour, there are others to choose from, so have a browse. 

Black box of three nail polish bottles and a black UV nail drying light on white background.

CND Shellac Gel Polish 

Cost: Various

Confident enough to go professional? Beautopia’s range of CND Shellac Gel Polish is salon-level, and designed to work as a system from the base coat to the colour and top coat. You will need an LED or UV light however, such as this one here.

Pale pink bottle of shellac polish.

While you’re waiting for your nails to dry, pop on one of these sheet masks

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