How To Give Yourself A Salon-Worthy Manicure Without Leaving The House

You can buy everything you need in a quick trip to Boots.

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by Annie Vischer |

Come rain or shine, our desire for glossed-up nails never wanes. But increasingly manic schedules paired with our pledge to be savvier with savings means we can't always nip to the salon for a pro mani treatment. Enter the ultimate guide to at-home manicures, with expert tips and tricks from the pros.

First up, there's the polish. Nail lacquer has come a long way in the last few years and the new highly pigmented formulas enable you to slick on your favourite colour with a single swipe, finish with a gleaming topcoat, and fool onlookers into thinking you've just spent the last half hour and then some having them painstakingly cured under a UV lamp in the salon.

Then there's stick-ons. Raise your eyebrows you might, but we're not talking the Cruella de Vil worthy creations you used to be able to pick up in a chemist; the likes of Elegant Touch et al have conjured up look after look, and shape after shape, all aimed at making them look born of your favourite beauty salon.

Whatever your vibe (you might be a nude-nail-polish only kinda person, or maybe you're loud and hella proud) there's a buy out there for you that will help you save a bit of dollar and look darned beautiful to boot.

Check out our favourites here, all of which you can pick up on a quick trip to Boots.

Shop: Gel-Look Nail Buys You Can Pick Up In Boots

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Shop: Gel-Look Nail Buys You Can Pick Up In Boots

Essie Valentine's Day 2020 Collection in Talk Sweet to Me, £7.99
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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Fairy Tailor, £9.99
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Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish in Plum Pudding, £6.99
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Maybelline Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, £5.99
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Elegant Touch After Dark Nails in Steel The Night, £8.30
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Elelgant Touch Polish Nails in Nancy, £7.50
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offer Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo Pack, £14.99
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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Candy Floss, £3.99
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