An expert reveals how to do the perfect at-home manicure

The beauty tips we all need right now

Abigail Malbon

The state of your nails may well be the last of your worries right now, but if you’re stuck in isolation and fancy passing the time by fixing your chipped nails, we're here to help with some at-home manicure tips.

Let’s face it; we never manage to get our manicures looking quite like the experts. But influencer Chloe Joel inspires her thousands of followers with gorgeous nail art and tips regularly, so we can’t think of anyone better to give advice on doing your own nails. Here’s what she recommends...


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How to do a regular manicure at home 

Prep is key here, so give yourself plenty of time to really get it right. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Soak nails in warm water to soften the cuticles before pushing back

2. Shape nails using a nail file

3. Paint nails with a base coat, this improves longevity and provides a smooth base for colour, I recommend Peacci 2-1 base

4. Paint 2 to 3 coats of your preferred nail colour

5. Finish with a top coat

6. Once dry, apply cuticle oil to keep nails hydrated


Base coat, £16, The Gel Bottle



Nails Inc Superfood Repair Oil, £15, Lookfantastic



Mylee gel polish remover, £14.99, Amazon


How to remove old gel polish at home

Need to remove old gel nail polish? With no chance of making it to the salon, you’ll need to do it yourself, and as Chloe says: “Do not pick your gels off, this can cause major damage to the nail bed.”

 1. Using a nail file, buff away the top layer of gel

2. Split a cotton pad into four pieces and soak the cotton pads in pure acetone

3. Place the cotton pad onto each nail and individually wrap in foil

4. Check after 5 minutes if the gel has bubbled, if not leave for slightly longer

5. Working on one nail at a time, remove the foil and cotton pad and scrape off the gel using a cuticle pusher, you can also use a spoon

6. Once majority of gel is removed, gently buff over the nails with a foam buffer until smooth

7. Finish by applying cuticle oil

READ: How to give an at-home haircut

Applying gel at home

“As a qualified nail technician with 9 years’ experience, I would highly advise not to use an at home gel kit,” says Chloe. “Many people can have allergic reactions due to uncured gel left on the skin. Please leave gels to the professionals.”

And if you need any more tips? She suggests:

 - Wear gloves when washing up or cleaning to avoid drying out your nails

-. Use cuticle oil twice a day to keep your nails hydrated - alternatives include almond oil, olive oil or lavender oil

The best nail colours for summer

This summer is all about pastels, so embrace colour by painting your nails bright. Whether you do one colour, opt for a different one on eah finger or even experiment with nail art, these will make you feel ready for the new season: 


Mavala delicate nail varnish trio, £14.85, Lookfantastic



Sunlit bubble nail polish, £6, & Other Stories



Essie Eternal Optimist nail polish, £7.99, Lookfantastic


Happy painting!

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