A pristine manicure no longer requires a trip to the salon. These smart solutions help you achieve a professional-looking polish job at home.

By Chelsea Traber Burns
March 14, 2016
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This new tool keeps polish in its place, so your at-home mani will look like it was done by a pro. Before painting your nails, use the wand to apply the formula along the skin surrounding your nail bed. Once it’s dry, apply the polish. Once your nails have dried, peel off the formula to reveal perfectly polished tips. To buy: $14, ulta.com.
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Flowery Nail White Pencil

When you don’t have time to paint your nails but want them to look nice, grab this pencil. Use it to color the underside of your nails to instantly brighten tips and create a natural (not cheesy) French manicure finish.

To buy: $3, sallybeauty.com.

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Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

Love the glossy sheen and durability of a gel manicure, but hate the toll it takes on your nails? Enter this high-tech top coat. Use it after you’ve applied your polish (it works with any brand) for a gel-like finish—long-lasting shine and color—without the side effects of typical gel polish. Plus, it dries super fast (no lamp needed).

To buy: $8, ulta.com.

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Mess No More! Liquid Tape for Nails

This new tool keeps polish in its place, so your at-home mani will look like it was done by a pro. Before painting your nails, use the wand to apply the formula along the skin surrounding your nail bed. Once it’s dry, apply the polish. Once your nails have dried, peel off the formula to reveal perfectly polished tips.

To buy: $14, ulta.com.

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Tweexy Nail Polish Holder

Nail polish chips seem to occur at the most inconvenient times, like when you’re rushing out the door to go somewhere important. This little gadget allows you to touch-up, even when you don’t have a hard surface to rest the polish bottle on (think road trips and nights on the couch). The silicone ring slips onto your fingers (fits ring sizes 3 through 17), while the “bowl” on top holds the polish and catches any spills.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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Formula X Delete All – 5 Finger Nail Polish Remover

If the hassle of removing polish stops you from painting your nails in the first place, this tool was made for you. The sponge is soaked with polish remover and has five finger pockets so you can dip your whole hand in at once, removing polish in seconds.

To buy: $15, sephora.com.

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Amope Pedi Perfect Nail File

Meet your new favorite power tool: This battery-powered gadget comes with three inserts that allow you to file, buff, and shine nails. It also works wonders removing a gel manicure. Use the electric nail file to buff away shine, then soak nails in polish remover for 10 minutes before gently scrubbing away with an orange stick.

To buy: $38, amazon.com.