Do you crunch your hands up into white-knuckled fists on dates, ashamed of your stubby nails? Are you tired of looking like you just clawed your way out of a mud pit? Well, it's time to extend your personal grooming to your fingertips. A set of well-manicured digits is an excellent way to say, "Hey, youse guys: I'm a real classy lady/dude." Classy fingers are what you're looking for, and we're here to help.

If you're ready to get to the point, file away the steps for another day and check out this video to help you whip those nails into shape.



Investing in these tools may cost you a bit of money initially, but certainly no more than the cost of one visit to a professional manicurist. Plus, you'll have them at your disposal for the next time you give yourself a manicure. Here's a list of every item you might need. Read through the SYW, and decide what you can do without. Most of these items can be found at your local drug store or purchased online at the sites listed on the right:

  • Nail Polish Remover or Nail Polish Remover Wipes
  • Cotton Pads (not cotton balls . . . those are too linty)
  • Nail File
  • Extra Fine Emery Board or Professional Manicurist Emery Board
  • Bowl of Warm Water
  • Scented Oil or Salt
  • Table Lamp
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Orangewood Stick (a soft wooden stick)
  • Nail Scissors
  • Hair Dryer
  • White Block Buffer
  • Base Coat Polish or Ridge Filler Polish
  • Color Polish
  • Nail Polish Solvent or Nail Polish Thinner
  • Top Coat or Sealant
Armed with your tools for battle, you may now proceed to the actual manicure.