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5 fantastic foundational tools for at-home nail care

Heading to the salon for a manicure and pedicure can be a luxe experience. Close your eyes, lean back in the massage chair, and tune the world out while a nail technician gives your hands and feet a little extra love.

Though it’s nice to have someone else trim fingernails and toenails, it’s not always feasible. You may have gotten a last-minute invitation to happy hour, and your nails leave something to be desired. Perhaps you’re having a busy week at work and simply don’t have time. Whatever the reason, you don’t need all the bells and whistles to get your nails to look like they’re in tip-top shape. These basic tools are perfect for quick at-home nail care.

It can be fun and relaxing to go to a salon to get a manicure and pedicure. If you’re short on time, but your nails need some serious maintenance, skip the bells and whistles and get the job done at home. You don’t need a ton of tools. Files and clippers will get nails short, smooth, and perfect shaped. If you want to cut your cuticles, you’ll want to spring for a pair of clippers. The cuticle skin is delicate, so find one that is easy to hold and maneuver. At-home nail maintenance can be quick and painless. Bonus: You’ll save money you can use at happy hour or dinner instead.

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