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    26 Things For Anyone Who Sucks At Doing Their Nails

    ~Nail~ your next mani or pedi with toe separators, polish barriers, and more helpful essentials. 💅

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    1. A portable nail care set for your fingers and toes that'll take care of hangnails, ripped cuticles, and uneven edges. It has basically every tool you'll need for a mani or pedi and comes with a pretty purple case. Whenever your nails need pre-polishing maintenance, this small kit will be a big help.

    model uses purple leopard print nail care set while painting their nails

    2. A conditioning oil to soften damaged cuticles. Its jojoba and vitamin E-rich formula penetrates the nail bed and cuticle area to help restore moisture and strengthen weak nails. No more dryness or brittleness when you want to paint your nails.

    on left, reviewer's peeling nails and dry cuticles. on right, reviewer's same nails without cracking and better cuticles after using conditioning oil

    3. Olive & June's Poppy Manicure Tool because it'll help you easily paint your nails with precise strokes and not make a mess. Place it on top of a nail polish bottle cap, unscrew the cap with the Poppy on, and you can *finally* use your non-dominant hand for a DIY mani.

    4. Or a tweexy ring that'll hold a polish bottle while you carefully paint each nail. It fits on all your fingers and you'll feel great knowing you can give yourself a mani on the couch, on your bed, or at a desk without worrying about spills.

    5. Vinyl nail wraps so easy to stick on, you'll forget about how long it used to take to apply nail polish. These tiny stickers look great on bare nails: apply a little heat from a hair dryer and place 'em on your fingers for a seamless upgrade. Everyone will be ~eyeing~ your cool mani the next time they FaceTime you.

    hand with clear, eye-shaped nail wraps on bare nails

    6. A seven-way nail buffer to get your nails in tip-top shape *before* you tackle a manicure: This multi-nail buffer comes with seven labeled sides, so you can shape, refine, smooth edges, condition, buffer, polish, *and* shine each fingernail in minutes without using a million different tools.

    hand holds purple, blue, and pink multi-way nail buffer with step descriptions on each side

    7. A peel-off liquid nail polish barrier so you can paint your nails with confidence and not worry about polish creeping into your cuticles. It's also helpful for nail art techniques, including stamping and splattering, that involve precise application.

    Hand holds bottle of blue peel-off liquid latex barrier

    8. Toe separators that'll help alleviate bunion-related pain and double up as pedicure tools. They'll gently separate your toes so they don't rub against each other. Yes to *not* smudging your freshly-painted toenails when they're drying.

    9. Polish removal caps because you're done dealing with stubborn gel lacquer that won't come off. Each of these caps have flexible springs and they'll easily clip onto your nails that need a quick polish removal. The best part? You can do this from your couch and avoid an expensive salon trip.

    reviewer uses same clips to take off gel nail polish

    10. A flamingo-shaped acrylic nail holder that won't ~ruffle your feathers~ when you're trying to create fun nail art. Just use double-sided tape to stick on a fake nail and you can practice painting designs without wasting an entire acrylic set.

    11. A breathable, *one-step* polish so you can paint all your nails without using a top coat or base coat. It's infused with argan oil, pro vitamin B5, and vitamin C to help prevent chipping and peeling. A speedy mani *is* possible, thanks to this gem that'll add a pop of color to your nails and keep 'em in pristine condition.

    model wears light purple Orly breathable one-step polish on fingers

    12. An acetone-free nail polish remover to take off stubborn glitter or lacquer. This gentle formula easily removes regular nail polish, shellac polish, and Mineral Fusion Gel Polishes without stripping the nail bed. You won't have to scrub your nails with a mountain of cotton balls again.

    13. A gel nail polish kit, so you can give yourself a high-quality manicure without going to the salon. This set comes with 16 different nude, blue, and grey colors (each lasts up to 21 days!), a top coat, and a base coat to get you started.

    BuzzFeed Editor Kayla Suazo showing the blue gel polish on her nails with the rest of the colors in the set in the background

    14. And a UV LED nail lamp that'll quickly dry gel polish and leave your nails with a high-shine finish. It has three timer settings (5 seconds, 30 seconds, and 60 seconds) and a 90-second automated setting for manis and pedis. It also has a white light source (30 LED beads inside) that'll be easy on your eyes when it's drying time.

    15. Moisturizing gloves packed with collagen and shea better because your hands need sweet relief from dryness, cracking, and peeling. Slip these babies on your hands and they'll be so soft for your next nail painting session.

    16. A nail base and accessory holder that'll transform your bathroom counter into a pop-up salon space. Your nail tools will be accessible (no more rummaging through a cabinet to find a top coat!) and you can carefully polish each nail (and not your cuticle), thanks to the base that'll ~give you a hand.~

    17. A natural nail base coat so you can prep your bare nails for a mani and protect them from stains. This clear formula gently covers fingernails and helps polish go on smoothly.

    reviewer holding bottle of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat in hand with rose gold mani

    18. And a fast-drying top coat because your polished digits will dry at the speed of light *and* actually look good for days. Cut your manicure time in half with this formula, which locks in polish and gives it a high-gloss finish. If you accidentally tap your fingers against something, you don't have to stress about re-painting them. 👏

    on left, reviewer's freshly-painted mani. On right, same mani five days later after using fast-drying top coat

    19. Press-on glitter nails with a Lord of the Rings-inspired design that'll make everyone say "where did you get those done?!" when IRL, you just stuck 'em on. These babies will take the stress out of giving yourself a mani at home *and* instantly upgrade your look.

    fingers with long silver glittery press-on nails inspired by 'LOTR' Aragon sword

    20. Floral nail decals to make your manicure look like it was designed by a nail artist. These tiny decals easily stick on your nails and they'll make them ~bloom~ with color (no brushes or special polish required).

    person with the floral nail tattoos on their nails

    21. An at-home powder dip kit for a DIY powdered mani that doesn't require a nail-tech appointment. It comes with everything you need for a high-quality polish job that (gasp) lasts up to six weeks!

    on left, the kit on a table. on right, reviewer's light pink powdered dip mani created with the same kit

    22. A nail-cleaning brush that'll come to the rescue when you accidentally apply too much nail polish. Soft bristles gently wipe away excess paint without damaging your cuticles and help you achieve a mani that doesn't look sloppy.

    23. A nail care essentials set so you'll be ready for your next DIY mani: It comes with a repairing cuticle oil, base coat, and a quick-dry top coat. Hangnails, stains, and polish problems will be history, thanks to this trio that has your nails covered.

    bottles of a clear top coat, base coat, and cuticle oil

    24. A strong nail glue that'll hold acrylic and press-on nails in place, even if you spending a lot of time typing, cooking, or working out. It also works amazing for nail art projects that involve tiny beads, glitter, and rhinestones.

    25. A nail-strengthening cream for your dry, damaged, and brittle nails that need a break from frequent salon visits. It's formulated with hydrogenated jojoba oil, calcium, and vitamins, that'll help prevent chipping, cracking, and splitting. The next time you *do* give yourself a manicure, your digits will be in better shape.

    26. And gel moisturizing socks that'll take care of your callused feet before it's time for a DIY pedicure. They release aloe vera, botanical oils, and vitamins to help alleviate dryness and cracking around your heels, toes, and arches. You'll feel like you're at the spa, even if you're just treating yourself to a pedi at home.

    You, after treating yourself to a DIY manicure:

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