Our Editor-in-Chief's Kinda Genius D.I.Y. Manicure Strategy

The Prep Process

"It's so important! I try to replicate what they do at the nail salon, wrapping a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover—my favorite's Zoya's 3-in-1 version—around an orange stick. That way I can really get in there where the cuticle meets the nail, as well as up on the tips and under the nail. People rush through this part at home, but if those areas aren't totally clean first, you will get chips later."

Digital Fashion Writer

Our editor-in-chief, Eva Chen, tends be more transparently giddy than humble brag-y. She still freaks out every time someone sends her a new lip balm, despite years of getting them free as a beauty editor, and tweets her giddiness when meeting celebrities instead of pretending to be nonplussed (why do people do that?). So when she Instagrammed her self-painted manicure last week with the caption "Probably the messiest manicure I've ever given myself," it was kinda confusing. Was this a joke, or bait for dozens of "WHAT?!? no OMG your manicure is perfect!!!!!" replies?

Like mayyybe if you blow it up in hi-def you can find a pixel or two of that Jordan almond-blue polish out of order, but for the most part, it's damn near salon quality. But since Eva would be the first to excitedly tweet "look how ah-mazing this turned out!" we don't think it was false modesty on her part, but her beauty editor background causing higher standards instead. Thankfully, she's also got a higher level application game to match, and that's something we can all benefit from: above, Eva's tips for nailing an almost-perfect manicure from the comfort of your couch. (While watching American Ninja Warrior, if you like, because that's when Eva does her nails.)


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