08/31/2015 06:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

4 DIY Home Manicure Must-Haves


by Holly Dawsey

There's nothing quite like a fresh manicure to finish a look. Here, our picks for the top polish, base coat, top coat, and nail treatment.

The Experts:
Ilana Blitzer, Health beauty director; Paul Cucinello, celebrity hair stylist in Los Angeles and New York City; Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Suzy Gerstein, New York City celebrity makeup artist; Julie Kandalec, celebrity manicurist and creative director of Paintbox in New York City; Joanna Simkin, New York City celebrity makeup artist; Alexis Wolfer, founder of; Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Souther California School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

Nail color

Essie Cashmere Mattes ($26;

These six polishes are classically crisp and clean--but with a cool satin-matte finish, says manicurist Julie Kandalec.


Deborah Lippman The Wait Is Over Quick-Dry Drops ($20;

"The odorless drops form a protective barrier and dry nails faster than a New York minute," Kandalec says.

Base coat

Orly One Night Stand Peel-Off Base Coat ($10;

This base eliminates the need for harsh scrubbing, soaking and even remover, our testers confirm.


CND RescueRXX ($20;

In the age of gel manis, tips could use a little TLC. This keratin-infused formula helps strengthen nail beds and softens cuticles.

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