We love the occasional indulgence of a mani-pedi at the salon, but lately we've had to master the art of nail care at home. We've managed to maintain an at-home nail care routine with a few simple tools and products. 

A few things you'll need:

Nail Polish in a shade of your choice

j hannah nail polish

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Our routine is fairly simple: start by trimming your nails and filing down any rough edges until you achieve your desired shape. Follow with a cuticle trim. At first, this part of the routine felt a little nerve-wracking, but after a bit of practice, we've nailed it(pun intended). Tip - trim your cuticles immediately after you shower or take a bath while they're soft. Last but not least, buff your nails until they are smooth and ready for polish.

For cuticle care, we love tenoverten The Rose Oil Nourishing Cuticle Oil. Also, for extra protection before applying a coat of color, we always apply The Foundation Nail Strengthening Base Coat.

j hannah nail polish

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We love to get playful with our nail polish colors, but also think everyone should always have these three varieties on hand: a nude, the perfect red, and a dark, moody hue. We've listed a few of our favorites below.

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Barely there nudes for a natural but polished look:

Fulton by Tenoverten

 

ten over ten red nail polish

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The perfect red that is classically chic:

Forever Yummy by Essie

ten over ten black nail polish

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Dark and moody shades for a sultry set of nails:

Carmine by tenoverten

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After two coats of polish, we finish with a top coat and always moisturize with this hand and nail cream by Byredo.

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Laurie Furber