How to DIY Mani

If you’re anything like us, you love getting a manicure. Even if you’ve returned to the salon, COVID-19 ushered in a new era for DIY manicures.

For some or all your manis, the convenience and cost benefits of being your own nail technician for sure are perks. Including long-wear Nailmatic Pure Color nail polishin any of their 15 beautiful shades will mix things up from your usual “Ballet Slippers.”

We suggest using the Nailmatic color of choice with your best manicure tools— and soaking your nails in warm water before painting them to get the full salon effect. You can up your at-home mani game by lighting a transporting scented candle to get the full spa effect. HGTV blasting in the background is optional #iykyk.

We borrowed the following 4-step “How-to” from vegan, cruelty-free, fashionable, made in France… Nailmatic.

1. Base Coat

Why bother with a base coat? You’re in for a longer-lasting manicure when you do! By adding the extra step of a base coat, you're not only protecting the nail from yellowing, but you also provide a smoother surface for color to adhere to.


2. Apply Color

The pro move is to apply the first coat in three strokes. One down the middle, followed by a stroke on either side. Leave a small gap (1mm) between the cuticle and color for a professional-style finish.


3. Second Coat?

A second coat is optional when you use Nailmatic Pure Color— it’s formulated to provide perfect results with one coat— but you can apply a second coat for denser and more opaque coverage.

If you choose two coats, the first one should go on thin, and the second one thicker.


4. Top Coat

Seal the deal with a top coat. It’ll give your manicure a super glossy, long-wear finish. Add an extra coat 48 hours later for even longer wear.

Brilliantly, Nailmatic has a 2-in-1 Base & Top Coat!


PS. You might wonder if it’s considered rude to take your own nail polish to a salon for a manicure. Chances are, most salons have seen this time and time again.

Nail techs tend to be very accommodating, and want their clients to love their nails. That includes not skipping a beat when you choose to bring your own polish to the table. But!If you’re worried about it coming across as rude, call ahead of your appointment and let them know your preference. Forewarned is forearmed, right?

And if you bring a Nailmatic color, be prepared for oohs and ahhs. ;-)