The future of nailcare is non-toxic, socially responsible, and undoubtedly, a little more chic. Clean nail polishes are super shiny, incredibly long-lasting, and formulated without harmful chemicals. Some of our favorites come from Cote and TenOverTen.
Do a base coat, which makes an enormous difference in how polish lasts and looks; perhaps most importantly, it protects nail beds from getting stained by colored polish (reds, especially, can leech yellow onto the nails). Color comes next. Unscrew the brush, make sure it’s got a lot of polish on it, and then wipe said polish off at the neck of the bottle. We love a classic French-girl red, a clean and natural neutral in pink, clear white, or taupe (with the occasional chunky glitter layered over). Color one hand or foot, then do the other. After both hands have been painted twice, finish with a topcoat–and if reapplied every several days, polish will last significantly longer.
At-home mani/pedis should be a relaxing moment of indulgence so take time and enjoy inhaling essential oils, not toxic chemicals. From removing nail polish to massaging your feet, here are our best tips for the best clean at-home mani-pedi.