Our Editors Became DIY Manicure and Pedicure Pros in 2020, Thanks to These Products

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We’re sure we can all agree that 2020 was the year we became very independent and learned how to do things for ourselves — like paint our nails, dye our hair, and even DIY wax . . . down there. With no access to the salon and a lot of extra time on our hands, many of us set out to do what we previously believed to be the impossible: give ourselves a salon-quality manicure or pedicure at home, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results.

Don’t get us wrong: we are by no means saying our newly developed nail skills are a replacement for a trained professional. There will forever be a special place in our hearts for our manicurists (and all of the other beauty pros that we miss dearly). But our DIY manicures got us by and, more importantly, brought us some joy at a time we needed it most. It didn’t take long for painting our nails to become one of our favorite new self-care activities. Whether we mastered a full manicure from start to finish or finally learned the proper way to file our nails, because there is a wrong and a right way, it was all growth.

We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the necessary supplies. From fancy gel systems and dip powder kits to simple cuticle oil, we discovered a bunch of new nail products this year that helped improve our manicure game. So, to give credit where credit is due, we rounded them up ahead.

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