Inspired by a friend's fetish for nail polish but when you arrived to the store, you are completely overwhelmed with the hundreds of colors and products? Well here are some basic products needed for a do-it-yourself (DIY) manicure.
Orangewood Stick/Manicure Wood Stick
This multi-tasking tool is a manicure must-have. Commonly used for pushing back cuticles, I also use this baby to tidy up the polish around my nails. For stubborn messes, wrap a bit of cotton around the end or dip the stick into polish remover. You can pick this tool up anywhere (ie local drugstore or beauty supply, Ulta etc.)
Crystal Nail File
This tool is the essential for manicuring natural nails. A crystal nail file has a long-lasting abrasive surface and does not split and damage nails like the regular nail file tends to do. Although delicate (you do not want to drop this tool), the crystal nail file can be washed, sanitized or sterilized for repeated use. I use Essie's Crystal Nail File but you can pick up anyone at your nearest drugstore or specialized store like Sephora or Ulta.
Nail Polish Remover
Not all polish removers are created equal. The key is to pick a remover that won't zap all the moisture out of your skin and nails. My "go-to" is Essie Naturally Clean Purifying Nail Polish Remover. I also love Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover. You can pick up Essie's Polish Remover at your nearest Ulta.
Base Coat Polish
When it comes to color selection, let loose! The old days of limiting bright colors to pedicures are dead and gone. A beautiful color on my nails really makes my day. If this your first time painting your nails, go with your favorite color and then ease to the more adventurous colors like green and yellow later. Remember every color IS for everybody. Different shades of color makes the difference. If a bright yellow doesn't work for your complexion, that does not mean you should swear off all yellows. Try a different shade of yellow. Don't know what's your favorite color? Look in your closet or makeup bag and see what color family you are drawn to or look at a color guide like a color wheel (see pic below.) One of my favorite colors is pink so I lived in pink polish when I first started polishing my nails.