A Tutorial For Nailing The No-Polish Manicure At Home

Because chemical-heavy polishes and expensive nail salons shouldn’t be the only option.

When it comes to natural beauty trends, the “no-makeup makeup” look has been around for a while now. You know the one: Glowing skin, brushed-up brows, a hint of lip tint. It should come as no surprise then that the barely there look has officially made it to your nails, too — which we can fully get on board with, given the chemicals (formaldehyde!) found in most nail polish. Here, how to get those nails looking good sans polish.

What you’ll need:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle remover
  • Cuticle tool
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle oil
  • Hand cream

What to do:

First, you’ll want to make your nails uniform in length. Generally speaking, a shorter nail works better here. Once you’ve trimmed with clippers, file your nails into a rounded oval shape.

Next, apply a cuticle remover around all three edges of your nail. You can make your own by mixing one tablespoon each of water, olive oil and white sugar. Rub on to your nails, allow it to sit for a minute or two before rinsing off, then use a cuticle tool to push back and buff away any dead skin bits. Wash hands.

Now you want to refine the surface of your nail. Using a buffing block, gently rub the surfaces of each nail until they start to have a pretty shine. Don’t go too hard, as this can thin the nails and be quite damaging.

Apply a “cuticle oil” around the edges of your nails — you can use the aforementioned olive oil, or something more fragrant, like lavender or eucalyptus oil. This will help keep your newly tidy cuticles in check, help your nail grow, and amp up the natural shine.

Finish the job with a smudge of hand cream. This locks in all your hard work, keeps hands soft and hydrated, and, if you pick the right one, smells delightful, too. And the best part? No chipping!

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