At Home Manicure | How I Paint My Nail

Hello, beauties!  I’ve often been asked over the years to share how I do my at home manicures.  There’s really nothing all that special or innovative about my method.  It’s just a combination of tips and tricks I picked up from beauty gurus over the years and lots of practice.  Today I thought I would share my current go-to manicure tools as well as share in a video how I paint my nails.

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at home manicure kit 2015

I have a little kit I put together years ago that I keep all of my manicure tools in.  This helps to corral everything in one place that is easy to take around the house with me depending on where I feel like doing my nails.  I use the Mini Hobby Box from The Container Store.

at home manciure kit details 2015

To be honest, I don’t use the majority of what is stored in my manicure kit on a regular basis, but I like having all of the tools and accessories stored together so I know where to find something in case I do want to use it.  I keep smaller items in the top tray, and my nail polish rag, as I fondly call it, along with bigger items in the bottom.  I use that rag underneath my hands every time I do my nails to avoid unfortunate polish or remover spills and accidents.  It not only helps to protect the surface on which I paint my nails, but is also a convenient place to wipe of my clean up tool.

at home manicure tools 2015

My favorite manicure tools at the moment include:

 Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat

Revlon Colorstay Gel Shine Top Coat (discontinued)

Qtica Half Time Polish Drying Accelerator

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover

Hands Down Ultra Nail and Cosmetic Pads

Royal Soft Grip Gold Tak Short Shader Brush SG155-4 (for polish clean-ups around the nail)

❊ Cult Nails Glass File (discontinued)

revlon colorstay cayenne 2015

Here’s a look at the polish I used in my video, Revlon Colorstay in Cayenne.  It’s one of my all time favorite fall shades!  I love how vibrant this brick red-orange is.  The shimmer is subtle but gives the nails a beautiful shine and glow.  Plus, the Colorstay formula is super durable in my experience with great wear.

If you’d like to see how I paint my nails, check out my video:

I hope you enjoyed this look at my at home manicure kit including my favorite tools.  I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for painting your nails at home if you care to share.

Happy Polishing!


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12 thoughts on “At Home Manicure | How I Paint My Nail”

  1. Hi Jen !
    Hope you’re doing well. I was wondering, why don’t you buy some “nail wheels” to show the color of your nail polishes ? It is super cheap, like 3$ for 10 on Amazon and you will save time because you won’t have to test the colors you want on a peace of tape. It will save you from wasting product too 🙂
    I do prefer the fan-shaped version because it allows you to move it around to see two (or more) polishes next to one another

    Here is an example of a fan shaped :

    1. I did this awhile back but I pared down my polish collection so much it’s hard to know which ones I still have and which I don’t. It’s a great idea though!

  2. Also, I just watch your video, and I love the rag tips ! I never tought of that Ahaha.
    I also recommand to you to actually start applying polish on your right hand since you’re right handed because your bad hand is always going to be more shakier to paint with than your good hand and if you also have to worry about not chipping your polish, it will be even harder.

    Or, instead of focusing on keeping your non-dominant hand steady while applying the polish, you can keep it still and let your dominant hand do all the movement back and forth.

    Try it and let us know ! 🙂

      1. I started looking at the site too for the box you used and stumbled acrossed it, took me awhile. Please don’t ask me how, LOL!! The Container Store website is not the easiest to use, that’s for sure. Happy to help!!

  3. Jen, this was incredibly useful thanks for sharing your tips and tricks. I for one will most definitely use the old tea-towel trick and the trimmed down brush. Love these ideas!

    My favourite nail file is the Crystal nail file by Leighton Denny – it is amazing! Its made from lead crystal and I found it be more effective on my nails than my glass file.

    As always, take care too!
    Mary X

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