The Basics: 9 Tools Every Nail Enthusiast Needs
The bustle and business of life getting in the way of your bi-weekly salon visit? It’s okay, we get it. Work, relationships, and other responsibilities take time away from a much anticipated salon date. Luckily, it’s easy to be #OPIObsessed, even if you’re on a tight schedule. Read on to learn how to D-I-Y when it comes to your manicure and pedicure.
Here are the tools you need to do it right, along with techniques that will make it seem like you just breezed out of your favorite salon. Finally, we've added in a few other essentials that will help you get the nails you've always wanted.
Cuticle Pusher & Nippers
Clean cuticles make a huge difference when it comes to your manicure, so it's important that you always have a cuticle pusher and nippers at home. Be careful though! Cuticle nippers are sharp, and if you use them incorrectly you can end up butchering the skin around your nails. Read the directions or consult a nail tech before use.
Exfoliating Cuticle Cream
Hangnails can completely throw off your #Nailfie game, and dry or overgrown cuticles can be to blame. Use our ProSpa Exfoliating Cuticle Cream which has a fast-acting gel-cream formula that quickly rids of cracked cuticles. The white tea extract soothes the cuticles and non-irritating alpha-hydroxy acid preps the nail bed for your favorite Nail Lacquer or Infinite Shine!
Simply apply on to the cuticle area of each nail and massage in. After 5-10 minutes, depending on the cuticle growth, wash your hands to remove any remaining cream. If you have any remaining dead skin that has lifted from the nail plate, this is where you would use your cuticle nippers. Remember to never cut living tissue as this can not only cause bleeding, but the more you cut living tissue, the harder the skin grows back.
Nail Strengthening Lacquer
Getting long and strong nails doesn't come easy, which is why it's important to use a nail strengthener if your nails tend to bend and break often. OPI's Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener is your new nail best friend, and it comes in a variety colors and needs for what fits you best. Use alone or under your favorite OPI Nail Lacquer shade.
Clear Base Coat & Top Coat
Typically when we do our own manicures, we often leave out these two essentials. A base coat and top coat will be the distinction between a manicure that last 2-3 days, and one that lasts over a week. We recommend our Natural Nail Base Coat and our original OPI Top Coat for a beautiful shiny finish. Or, if you're looking for a longer wearing polish, we suggest trying out our OPI Infinite Shine collection which wears for up to 11 days!
Nail clippers are the most common tool that you probably have in your home, and for good reason. The perfect manicure requires all of your nails to be consistent in length, and the best way to do that is with a proper set of nail clippers. It's best to find a set of nail clippers with a built in holder for your clippings.
Nail File & Buffer
A good nail file and buffer is the difference between a salon manicure and at home manicure, so invest in both. Always start with a clean nail file to ensure a perfect shape, every time. We suggest using a crystal file for those with thin nails or nails that easily break. Use a buffer with a grit higher than 200 as the coarser grit buffer can cause nail weakness.
There's nothing worse than wanting to show off your manicure and then realizing your hands are as dry as the desert! Using a good moisturizer with natural ingredients, like our Protective Hand Nail & Cuticle Cream will brighten and protect your skin due to the Daisy flower extract. Not only that, it will also keep your nails and cuticles hydrated using shea butter.
The peptides in this amazing moisturizer help boost collagen to keep skin plump and youthful. It's equally as important to moisturize your cuticles, so try our ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil!
ProSpa Advanced Softening Socks
With all this talk of hands, what about the feet? Sandal season comes quicker than you think, and your heels may be desperate for some hydration! Try out our ProSpa Advanced Softening Socks that you can slip into while you catch up on your favorite Netflix show. There are perforations at the tip of the sock so you can even leave them on while you give yourself an at home pedicure!
Now you’re ready to treat yourself, no matter what life throws at you. Do you have an at home set-up or space where you can give your nails a little TLC? Snap a pic of you using some of your favorite OPI home products, and tag us using #OPIObsessed for a chance to be featured. And most importantly, take some time for yourself to enjoy the shines and smells of OPI shades and products.