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We all love a pampering mani pedi, but it can get expensive to keep regular salon visits. There’s no denying that neat, pretty pinkies and toe nails can do wonders for your self-confidence. Besides, what better way to lavish some TLC on those hardworking hands and feet? But regular mani-pedis do more than prettify your nails; warding off painful ingrowths and fungal infections. However, if you’re not in the mood to splurge, just follow Nykaa’s ten step tutorial for the perfect at home manicure pedicure. No hand-foot pamper session is complete without the proper tools, and if you thought a simple nail clipper can do the job, think again! Hand and foot pampering has come a long way thanks to a host of professional tools now accessible in stores and right here at Nykaa. Since it can get intimidating to come face to face with manicure-pedicure tools for the first time, we’ve listed the essentials that you’ll need to flaunt salon finished hands and feet in no time, and at minimal cost!

Here are the essential manicure and pedicure tools

1. Nail Clipper An essential too

An essential tool to cut and shape your nails. Don’t settle for a cheap alternative because it could tear or damage nails which cutting them cleanly. Invest in a good nail clipper that allows you to slice off the extra bits easily with no damage. Remember to wash and dry your clippers after each use for hygiene reasons.

Nykaa recommends: Sally Hansen Clip-N-Catch Control Grip Nail Clipper

2. Nail Filer/Emery Board

After clipping your nails to the desired length you will need a nail filer to shape them. Shaping can be done to get round, square, oval or stiletto shapes depending on your preference. Try not to use a metal files because these are not bendable and can’t file nail edges effectively. It’s best to use an emery board that has a rough grit side to shape your nails and a fine grit side to smoothen them. File your nails in one direction only because going to and fro can cause minute tears and breaks. It’s a good idea to replace your emery board from time to time. 

Nykaa recommends: Colorbar Well In Shape Crystal Filer

3. Nail Buffer

Simply cutting and shaping won’t give your nails a shiny professional salon like finish. To add healthy shine and gloss to your pinkies use a nail buffer. A nail buffer typically has four sides. The first one to shape your nails, the second to remove rough layers, even out the nail surface and remove stains, the third side to smooth the nail surface, and the fourth one to add polish and glossy shine. It’s a good idea to use a buffer once a week. If you’re feeling too lazy to apply nail polish, simply use the fourth polishing side to buff over nails to add instant shine.  

Nykaa recommends: Gorgio Professional Both Sided Oval Shape Nail Buffer

4. Cuticle Trimmer/Cuticle Pusher

This tool is useful to nip away hangnails and dead skin or trim cuticles. You need to be very careful with this as a little more pressure than required can cut into skin and cause painful infections and bleeds. It’s a good practice to use a cuticle softener before trimming your cuticles. If you’re not comfortable trimming your cuticles then simple use a cuticle pusher to push down cuticles for a neater look. 

Nykaa recommends: Vega CTF-01 2 In 1 Cuticle Trimmer & Nail File

5. Pumice Stone/Foot File

This is an essential tool for your home pedicure sessions. Use a file or pumice stone to remove dead skin, soften heels and reduce callus formation. You could also buy a pedicure brush-cum-pumice stone built into a single foot file.

Nykaa recommends: TS Pumice Toe Shape Stone

6. Finger Separator

This is a must if you love nail polish! A simple tool that helps you to apply mess free nail polish and lets it dry perfectly. A must-have addition for impatient gals like me!

Nykaa recommends: Panache Finger Separator

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