I like to get my nails done as much as the next person—it’s such a relaxing treat. Plus, whenever I paint my nails at home, it never looks as good as when I’m coming out of the salon. But sometimes, an at-home manicure is necessary, whether you’re trying to save some money, don’t have time to get to a salon, or just need to fix your nails quickly.
If you want to get a salon-worthy at-home manicure, you’re going to need to start with the right tools. The basics would be a set of nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle nipper, and a pusher. But you can also branch out to a buffer, a pair of scissors, and maybe even things you need for the feet, like a foot file. And if you really want to treat yourself, you can also keep some cuticle oil, a nail soak, and other nail treatments on hand. You might not even miss getting your nails done professionally when you’ve got everything you need in the comfort of your own home.
To help you stock your at-home “salon,” I’ve compiled a list of some of the best manicure tools below.