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I don’t know about you, but the person I’ve been missing most during lockdown, aside from my hairdresser, is my manicurist. My nails have never looked worse. Every time I look at the bland, bitten bad bois, I get sad. Real sad. I just want TikTok level pretty nails. Is that too much to ask?

While we wait until the salons are re-opened, I’ve taken it upon myself to learn how to do my own manicure at home (#pray4me). After some perusing of the internet, I’ve decided that it seems easy enough once you have all the right gear (an at-home nail kit)… and some idea.

Thanks to at-home nail kits, your talons (and mine) will not only look great, but we can become the master of our own nail destiny. Whether you love shellac or gel, SNS powder or even just a high gloss polish, I’ve compiled a list of the best at-home nail kits (plus some cheeky accessories) to make your nails salon perfect — without breaking any laws in the process.

Now, all you have to do is hit that *add to cart button* and decide whether you want negative space nails or candy coloured.

The Best At-Home Nail Kits

Ohuhu Poly Nail Gel Kit

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Poly Nail Gel Kit, Ohuhu, $60.99

This all-inclusive at-home nail kit will give you everything you need to create the perfect manicure. The Poly Nail extension gel kit is a breakthrough nail enhancement system and is brand-new on the market. This particular set includes 12 colours of poly nail gel, base coat, top coat, cleaning solution, glitter powder, 100 pieces of different size nail forms, a double-ended brush pen, a nail file, nail clippers, dead skin scissors and a steel pusher plus the kitchen sink. I joke but check out the diverse set of colours. Perfect for every occasion. 

Coscelia Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit

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Coscelia Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit, $36.99

The Coscelia Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit is the ultimate at-home shellac-type of nail kit. It comes with a wide selection of colours and designs, plus it even comes with a UV light. It’s easy to apply and can last for up to two to three weeks if you get it right.

Tomicca Dip Powder Nail Colors Set

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Tomicca Dip Powder Nail Set, $11.89

I am a complete SNS manicure convert and have been (sorta) successfully doing my own manicure since locky d began in Sydney. It takes a little while to get used to, but if you have the patience and the will, you can master the dip powder in no time. The Tomicca Dip Powder Set comes with some of the more neutral tones plus is odour free, resistant to chipping and cracking, durable, and waterproof. Oh, and there’s a handy instruction guide, too, making it an easy to use at-home nail kit.

I recommend purchasing an electric nail file to use with this product. It’s quicker and will enhance the overall look of your nails.

Vishine Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit

Vishine Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit, $89.99

A little more on the exxier side, the Vishne Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit has everything you need for the most beautiful of lockdown nails. This is also the perfect kit for a gel beginner because it’s not too much fuss and has all the basic nail manicure tools you require to get started.

Coscelia Gel Nail Polish

Coscelia Gel Nail Polish, $19.99

Match any of your lockdown sweats with these gorgeous gel colours by Coscelia. This at-home nail kit includes 15 colours made of natural resin and healthy ingredients. Make sure you purchase a gel lamp (below) to help cure the polish. Otherwise, you will have wet, sticky nails!

The Best At-Home Nail Accessories

Nail Lamp for Gel Polish

Nail Lamp for Gel Polish, $56.99

Personally, after gel nail polish and nail lamps were invented, getting your nails done became so much more bearable. I don’t know about you, but waiting with your hands in front of a fan for an indeterminate number of minutes was painful AF, so seeing a big timer on a lamp became a saviour. Luckily, you can use this technology from the comfort of your own home by way of this nail lamp for gel polish. If you only bought the polish, no problem. Add this to your cart and you’ll be curing your nails in no time.

Highrock 10Pcs Acrylic Nail Art Polish Remover

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Highrock 10Pcs Acrylic Nail Art Polish Remover, $8.99

Let’s all pretend for a moment that we don’t pick our SNS off once we’re through with it. Besides getting dirty looks from the nail technician in a salon, it’s also horrendously bad for your nails. So, when you’re creating a manicure masterpiece on your own, invest in these little beauties. Just wrap a cotton bud with acetone in aluminium foil and put it under these caps, and voila! SNS be gone!

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