This Underrated Item is the $5 Secret for Achieving a Celeb-Level Mani At-Home

Achieving the perfect at-home manicure can be challenging if you don't know the right beauty products, how to use them, and when. But the key to creating it starts with the simple act of making sure the nail has the perfect palette to serve as a base for your creations. Jin Soon Choi, an editorial and celeb manicurist, identifies cuticle remover (specifically Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover), helps manage cuticles that may get in the way of a gorgeous end result.

"If you have unwanted cuticles covering your nails, cuticle removers are ideal for quickly and efficiently removing them," says Choi. But like any product with a chemical-based formula, overuse can put your delicate nail beds at risk. According to Choi, if you use cuticle removers too often, the nail bed can be dried out (the goal is to keep them moisturized and healthy). If you're looking to add more hydration to cuticles that are regularly maintained, Choi recommends using a cuticle oil and pusher because that oil moisturizes the cuticles while allowing for the cuticles to be pushed back. If you're ready to discover our favorite cuticle removers, keep scrolling.


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As a celebrity manicurist, Choi only uses products she can trust on her clientele. Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover is her go-to product for managing stubborn, dry and unruly cuticles. Pro tip: squeeze some of the product around the cuticles and other the nail tips, leave for 15 seconds, and then gently push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher. It's quick, easy, and and can be used whenever you need a perfect, red carpet ready manicure. If you're ready to discover our favorite cuticle removers, keep scrolling.

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Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.