Between waking up with bed sheet marks after falling asleep with presumably dry polish or accidentally painting over your practically entire finger rather than just the nail, DIY manicures and pedicures aren’t exactly the most fool-proof at-home beauty endeavor to master outside of the salon. Fortunately, there are plenty of lesser-known DIY manicure hacks and helpful products that you probably didn’t even know existed at your disposal, so you can actually achieve professional-looking results without having to shell out the cash at the nail salon.

Now, despite being a self-professed beauty and skincare addict who makes no apologies for investing in my routines, I have zero patience when it comes to doing my own manicures and pedicures, and possess very little talent in this particular arena. However, I also have terribly (and embarrassingly) ticklish feet, so I try to avoid going into the salon for pedicures as much as possible. On the bright side, this aversion to the in-salon pedi’s lead me to find the right tools to refine my craft and make my toes look presentable at the very least.

Whether you prefer traditional lacquers and polishes, powder dip, or gel mani’s and pedi’s there are plenty of under-the-radar game-changers that can help you dodge mishaps, erase errors, and extend the wear time of your painterly efforts.

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