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.

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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This fast-acting and effective cuticle remover conditions the nails while gently loosening and removing dead or dry skin. With the help of a cuticle pusher, you'll find it easy to push back the cuticles for a quick and easy celeb-level manicure in seconds. For smaller on-the-go cuticle emergencies, Deborah Lippman also has the Cuticle Remover Pen that can be slipped in the bag.

This is a maximum-strength, exfoliating treatment in a bottle that will leave your cuticles soft and easy to push back against the nail bed as the first step to creating a professional looking manicure. Its key conditioning ingredient is glycerin, which will keep the skin around the nails beyond smooth. 

Is shouldn't come as a surprise that Ella + Mila has created one of the best cuticle removers on the the market (we're huge fans of their expansive collection of polishes). Their Take It Off Cuticle Remover uses the power duo of jojoba and glycerin soften and remover dry and ragged cuticles for healthy and happy nails.

Only second to the price of Sally Hanson's Instant Cuticle Remover, this cuticle remover is the second least expensive on our list at just $5. Not only does it effectively remove dead and dry tissue to leave your cuticles soft, but it also removes hard-to-erase nail stains for overall brighter and whiter nails.

This cuticle remover utilizes the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids to hydrate and exfoliate the cuticles in addition to keeping them moisturized. If you're looking for a gentle exfoliating cuticle remover that will restore your nails back to their most beautiful and healthy state, this is one you'll want to try.

With a luxe, milky formula that completely transforms the look and feel of the nails, it's easy to see why this Londontown cuticle remover is one of our favorites. It offers damage-free cuticle removal by using emollients to hydrate and lock in moisture while quickly and easily breaking down build-up.



If you're a fan of Deborah Lippman's Exfoliating Cuticle Remover Nail Treatment, you'll want to get your hands on their Cuticle Remover Pen for manicure emergencies big or small while on the go. Like the brands other cuticle remover, the pen gently loosens and softens dry cuticles with a fast-acting exfoliating treatment so you can keep your nails looking healthy.

You can count on The Cuticle Eraser to create a clean and smooth nail bed without taking a trip to the nail salon for pesky cuticle cutting. Once applied liberally to the nails, use a cuticle pusher or an orange stick to gently guide them backwards before wiping away left over residue.

There's no need for cuticle trimmers. Instead, use Olive and June's Cuticle Remover to gently exfoliate and soften the delicate skin around the nail bed with a powerful formula made from avocado, argan, and jojoba oil. Like all of this brand's products, it's vegan and completely cruelty-free.

We've shared many of our favorite OPI nail polishes over the years, but did you know they have an effective cuticle cream to add to your routine? It's a fast acting gel-cream formula that helps eliminate dry cuticles around the nail bed, leaving you with nails perfectly prepped for your at-home manicure.

With the addition of one unique ingredient, iris moss, Butter London's Melt Away Cuticle Exfoliator removes dry, overgrown cuticles quickly and effectively. When used over time, you'll have soft and healthier nails without ever having to reach for a cuticle trimmer (which can be damaging when used too often). Better safe, than sorry.

Creating a celeb-level mani doesn't have to be hard on the wallet. Blue Cross Professional Nail Care's lanolin-enriched Cuticle Remover Cream, for example, does the job well by combating dry and rough cuticles by moisturizing and hydrating everything from cuticles to hangnails and calluses.