I don’t know about you, but these uncertain times have taught me an important lesson: I’m a lot more self-sufficient in the beauty department than I thought. Now, I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair, but I’ve taken the plunge with at-home facials, chemical peels, and even eyebrow lamination (sort of) without any disasters to speak of. I have to admit that this hot streak has got me feeling cautiously optimistic that I can take on the next treatment on my wish list: an at-home gel manicure.
Typically, having this shiny, chip-resistant varnish applied to our fingernails means spending lots of time and money at the nail salon. But now that visiting such places has been complicated by events outside our control, it’s high time we get familiar with carrying out this task at home. Traditional nail polish is great (and, in fact, I’ve been more partial toward it for a while now), but I have to admit that my increased handwashing takes a serious toll on any regular paint job I try to perform on my nails. The thought of perfectly painted, long-lasting enamel that will stay put for weeks on end is too enticing to ignore.
Thankfully, there are tons of at-home gel manicure kits to address any and all nail goals. Ahead, check out the eight best sets on the market to get started on the path to professional-looking manicures from the comfort of your home.