My At-Home Manicure Must-Haves

Eva Amurri shares her at-home manicure must-haves

At-home manicures have been my little pick-me-up for the last six months! Even my kids love participating and helping me choose colors.

As we head into the colder months and all plan to go out less and less, it’s so nice to have a go-to manicure routine from home. I find that spending 30 minutes doing my nails can turn into some nice “me time”. I wrote this blog post to give you my tips for all the must-haves for perfecting nails at home – plus a few of my favorite polishes and accessories!


Nail Polish

The Poppy Manicure Tool

Olive & June

This is the best invention! Seriously…thank me later!


Olive & June

A gorgeous fall red!

U'V Got Me Faded


A dusty lilac with a cream finish!

Any-Fin Goes


A vibrant tangerine with a cream finish!

You're a Catch


A warm nude with a cream finish!

Bare My Soul


A mani marriage made in heaven for sheer, natural nails.

Russian Navy


A deep-sea indigo blue!

UV Gel



A deep, dark, sinister red…not for the faint of heart, but PERFECT for fall!

Kimono Over


An inviting damson plum color!

Meet me at Sunset


A vibrant deep orange!

Fall Soak-Off Gel Set


This is a great kit that comes with six fall colors!

Nail Polish Removers…

Acetone-Free Nail Polisher Remover

Ella + Mila

This acetone-free remover is my favorite. It’s vitamin-enriched to make my nails harder over time, and the lavender essential oil fragrance is super soothing.

Ultra-Powerful Nail Polish Remover for Gel


This powerful remover will get ANY gel off, I don’t care how good the base coat is!

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Manicure Kits…

Professional Nail Care Kit


This kit has everything you’ll need and more!

Cuticle Lab Set

Deborah Lippman

This kit will save your cuticles! It includes Cuticle Oil, Cuticle Remover, Cuticle Cream, and a Cuticle Pusher all in one handy set.

Manicure Tool Kit


My favorite part of this kit is that the buffer has labeling for which side you use first. BLESS!

Gel Remover Kit


This kit is a must for anyone with Gel on their nails! It comes with everything you need to remove right at home!

Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit


Speaking of removing Gel from home…have you tried applying from home? This popular kit is under $40 and includes the LED light, base and top coats, nail art tools, and six Gel Polish colors!

Base & Top Coats…

Nail Polish

Gel Couture Platinum Grade Finish Top Coat


This top coat is simply the best! I swear it extends my mani no matter what brand nail polish I put it over!

Natural Nail Base Coat


This is a fan favorite, for sure!

Quick Dry Base Coat


An affordable and highly rated option!

Addicted to Speed - Quick-drying Nail Top Coat

Deborah Lippman

This is a high shine topcoat that dries in a flash!

UV Gel…

Dynamic Duo Foundation Base & Top It Off Sealer Soak Off Gel Nail Polish Essential Set


This set is a little pricier, but that’s because it’s used mostly in salons.

No Wipe Gel Top Coat and Base Coat Set


An affordable option for Gel wearers!

Hand Exfoliators…

If you don’t feel like buying one, this 3-ingredient DIY will work perfectly!

OPI ProSpa Micro-Exfoliating Hand Polish


This professional-grade micro-dermabrasion specifically for hands will leave them silky soft!

Himalayan Salt Scrub

Brooklyn Botany

This scrub is non-GMO and free from chemical, gluten, parabens, and alcohol!

Hand Moisturizers…

Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream

Grown Alchemist

This hand cream is heavenly. It softens and hydrates hands but doesn’t leave them greasy.

Hand Cream in Citrus Mimosa


This hand cream smells divine – like an actual spa!

Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm

L'Occitane en Provence

This hand cream is one of L’Occitane’s hero products. It’s hard to beat!

Photographs by Julia Dags

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  1. Kristin says:

    Have you tried the Olive and June kits yet? I’m torn – I’ve had one in a shopping cart for over a week but not sure if I want to spend that money for a DIY kit unless it’s really good. It’s about 80.00 for the entire starter kit with polishes.

    10.02.20 Reply
    • Yes I have it! Love it. Their polishes look really really shiny and professional, in my opinion. And the tools are great too, in my experience!

      10.05.20 Reply