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3 Nail Care Tips To Take Your At Home Manicures and Pedicures To The Next Level

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By Sheila Arkee

Last year was a remarkable year in my life for the simple reason that I finally got my nail care under control. After a lifetime of hangnails, breakage, and overgrown cuticles, this was quite an accomplishment! One important lesson I learned is that it doesn’t take a nail salon intervention to curate nice nails.

3 At Home Nail Care Tips

As much as I love being pampered at a salon, sometimes I just don’t have the time to treat myself. So, I’ve been using a few easy techniques that I picked up along my nail care journey that have taken my manicures and pedicures to the next level.

1. Cuticle Erasers Are Genius

To trim, or not to trim? That’s one important question that is really up to you. Having an excess amount of skin, I always trim my cuticles with a nipper and it’s something that’s made easier with the use of an AHA-enriched cuticle eraser. This product helps exfoliate and soften cuticles and makes them much easier to snip away.


I use one I’ve had for a while – Vanish by NSI– but another great option is Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover.

2. Cap Your Nails

This trick made a huge difference in the longevity of my nail polish. I had no idea what capping your nails entailed until I received a gel polish kit that had this technique as one of the steps. What this  means is adding a bit of polish to the very tips of your nails.

Capping Your Nails 2

Capping Your Nails 1

I do this first and then proceed with the rest of my polish. I also cap my  nails with top coat and have found this helps extend the life of my manicures. Tip wear isn’t so much a problem anymore!

3.  Dry Your Nails Faster With Cuticle Oil

Are you a victim of fresh nail polish smudging? Yes, I am, too. However, it’s possible to make this a thing of the past when you seal your nail polish with a touch of cuticle oil.

Wait a minute or two after finishing your nail polish with a top coat and add a teensy drop of a cuticle oil, or any other oil like DermOrganic’s Pure Argan Oil. Your nail polish will dry faster and you’ll have the bonus of moisturized cuticles.

What are some of your favorite at-home nail care tips?

  • Norah Salazar

    Great tips! I didn’t think of capping but will start doing that (I do all my own manicures at home).

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    I use the Sally Hansen cuticle remover

  • erikatheicyone

    Wrapping my tips is a technique I learned years ago from my manicurist back when I wore enhancements. Best. Tip. Ever. I also wrap my tip, first then apply the polish to my nail plate. It makes everything smoother, in the end. 😀

  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    Great tips!! I totally didn’t know about capping, but since tip wear is always my problem from typing all day, I am soooo going to try it. Great tips and amazing post!!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I cap my tips, too!

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    Good tips!!! I never cap my tips, I’m too lazy :/

  • Aleya Bamdad

    Great tips. I would have never thought to use argan oil to dry my nails.

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    Great tips! I should try some AHA enriched cuticle removers.

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Good tips, and I totally second the sealing of your nail tips. I usually do it after I’ve painted my nail but doing it before is much smarter because than you have no way to ruin your mani, which I sometimes do.

  • Noelle

    These are awesome tips!

  • BTBAshley

    Great tips for great nails! Thank you for sharing them.

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Could I brush the cuticle oil on? And does capping nails make the ends stand up/create ridges?

  • Ange

    I always cap my nails, awesome tip! I have to try the Argan Oil on my nails I am loving it on my skin 😉

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    I love topping my nails with an oil to set. I use one from Sally hansen and it works so fast. 😉 Great tips.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I try to cap my nail tips but I always end up making a mess. Wish I could crack the code on that because I know it would help. I recently bought essence express dry nail drops for $2.49 and my nails are dry in a snap. I didn’t know that you could use any oil!

  • TammyESudduth

    I usually do it after I’ve painted my nail but doing it before is much smarter because than you have no way to ruin your mani, which I sometimes do. http://sn.im/28ux95m

  • Kelly R

    Great tips!

  • Anastasia

    I always cap my nails, and it really does make a huge difference in wear time! Great tips <3

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Great tips! I do all of these and they work every time!

  • Betzy Carmona

    I would love love this !

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I keep lots of cuticle oil everywhere, and it helps remind me to put it on. I never realized how often I’m washing my hands and drying them out before I started with the balms and oils! My hands look younger, too!

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    I would have never throughout of finishing off with cuticle oil! Thanks for the tip!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I will try this cuticle oil drop. Thanks for sharing your tips!!!!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Such a great ides with the cuticle oil to finish!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    That’s what I used to do, too, to my utter frustration!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Yes, you sure can! And no, no ridges as long as it’s the very first step.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Cuticle oil is a powerful tool!

  • myCosmeticBag

    i always cap my nails, and it really does help

  • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

    Good tips!!!

  • cindyprimebeauty

    I have to do my caps b/c I type all day and they wear off so fast.

  • http://www.portraitofmai.com/ Mai

    I gotta remember to use a cuticle eraser more often!

  • polarbelle

    are you kidding me? cuticle oil helps the nails dry faster? so that’s why they do it at the salon?!?

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    It’s true!!!!