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7 Nail Care Products to Prep for the Perfect Manicure

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We all love a good manicure, but with salons closed or at limited capacity these last few months, for many, nail care has been put on the back burner. Well, we’re here to help you get your mani back in check! Whether it’s nail care or hand care, these products will ensure a flawless manicure every time. Just pair with your favorite nail polish, and you’ll be feeling pampered and put together once again.

Here are seven products to help you prep for the perfect manicure.

Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat

Using kale extract to strengthen nails, the Nailkale Superfood Base Coat from Nails Inc. is a miracle product. It promotes nail growth, hydration and anti-breakage while brightening nails and adding a high gloss finish.

Promising review: Freddy says, “This makes a world of difference for my nails. They’ve never been longer. They tend to break easily, but they are much stronger since I started using this base coat.”

Flowery Scented Cuticle Oil

Flowery’s Scented Cuticle Oil not only looks and smells good, but it works great as well. Just brush the oil on your nail bed and cuticles, and you will be left with moisturized skin, softened cuticles and shiny, smooth nails.

Promising review: Carol says, “I just took off acrylic nails that pretty much ruined my real nails, so I bought this to try to bring them back to looking half decent and it worked well. It moisturized them really well.”

Tweezerman x Tom Bachik Expert Manicure Set

Everyone can use a good manicure tool kit! This Tweezerman x Tom Bachik Expert Manicure Set is perfect for anyone who needs to step up their nail game. With six easy tools all approved by expert manicurist Tom Bachik, this collection will take your nails from drag to fab.

Promising review: Kris says, “This is a quality set with sharp tools that work amazing and actually cut! This kit has everything you need, and it’s built to last.”

Nécessaire Hand Cream

Another product you need to ensure a flawless manicure is Nécessaire’s Hand Cream. Formulated with vitamins and marula oil, the fast-absorbing moisturizer will keep your dry hands in check and your manicure looking fresh!

Promising review: Amy says, “This hand cream is amazing! It keeps my super dry hands moisturized, and it is not greasy at all. I use this on my feet too!”

ISDIN Nail Strengthening Serum

ISDIN’s Si-Nails Nail Strengthening Serum is all you need to achieve thicker, stronger nails. Its lightweight formula increases nail strength, repairs brittleness, promotes keratin and hydrates nail beds. And it only takes 14 days to see results!

Promising review: Gail says, “My nails are we’re noticeably stronger and healthier in two weeks’ time and continue to improve daily. This is a must have product for those who struggle to maintain healthy nails.”

Sally Hansen Massage Cuticle Cream

The Massage Cuticle Cream from Sally Hansen is everything. Not only does it condition cuticles, but it prevents drying and cracking, smooths nails and improves hangnails as well. All you have to do is massage a small amount of the cream onto your cuticles and your nails will look as good as new.

Promising review: Dawn says, “This is the best cuticle cream that I’ve found. Within a few days, my cracked and dry cuticles looked so much better. I ordered several because I’ve found nothing that works as well.”

Sephora Collection Hand Mask

One last product to help you achieve a gorgeous mani is the Sephora Collection Hand Mask. Although it doesn’t directly improve your nails, the mask will nourish, soothe and moisturize your hands to compliment your gorgeous set.

Promising review: Mae says, “These hand masks are amazing! I have dry, cracked hands and it has left my hands feeling soft, smooth and hydrated!”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which nail care products do you swear by? Let us know in the comments!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.