Manicurist Mimi D Has Your Nail Care 101 Kit Covered

Let's be honest. At-home manicures are hard. From learning how to use your non-dominant hand to filing your nail shape to perfection, DIY nail care can be overwhelming. But nailing the basics of a manicure (pun intended) can be a great place to start. Thankfully, celebrity manicurist and nail artist Mimi D is letting you in on her favorite nail care Swears so you can conquer the at-home mani with ease.

Mimi, a Los Angeles native, has shared her work on the Fashion Week runways of Oscar de la Renta and Diane Von Furstenburg, and been the talent behind the manis of celebrities like Yara Shahidi, Busy Phillips, and Ciara. Most recently, she provided the nail looks for Beyonce's Ivy Park campaign. To say Mimi knows what you need for a quality manicure is an understatement.

Want to start your own at-home manicure kit? Here are the Swears Mimi says should definitely be in your starter pack.





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Walgreens Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pump 100% Acetone

“First, you should have a great nail polish remover. There are so many different types, but my favorite is acetone. It’s the most effective, works the fastest, and removes both gels and stubborn glitter. If you’re worried about skin irritation, just wash your hands with soap and water after using. One of my favorites is the Walgreens Beauty Nail Polish Remover 100% Acetone Pump. The pump is perfect because it’s spillproof. “

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Tweezerman Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Set

A nail clipper is imperative in any manicure kit. They’re imperative because if you snag or chip your nail, it’s best to trim it low before filing. You can also use it to cut a hangnail. There are tons of options, but I love the Tweezerman brand of nail clippers. Its a trusted brand with years of experience providing quality products, and they last a long time.”

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ULTA 4-Way Nail Buffing Block

“Next up is the Ulta 4-way nail buffing block. This is perfect because you can shape, buff, smooth, and shine your nails all with one product. After trimming the nails, start with the shaping side to perfect the free edge. Then, follow up with the other three sides to get salon-quality, shiny nails at home.”

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ORLY Nail Bonder

“A base coat is essential to making sure any polished manicure lasts. One of my favorites is Orly’s Bonder. The handle is made of rubber which makes it easy to open and hold onto while applying. It has a sticky texture that grips your nail and the polish.”

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Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat

“Top coat is one of the final steps in the manicure process. A good top coat I like is Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat. It dries fast and provides a great shine.”

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Nail Magic Thai Essence Hand & Cuticle Oil

“Cuticle oil is crucial for nail health. It provides hydration for the nail and the skin surrounding it. I like the Nail Magic Thai Essence Hand & Cuticle oil. I like this one because it comes with a dropper, which is good for sanitary reasons. Not only can you use this for your cuticles, but you can also use this for a soothing hand massage.”