The 5-Minute Manicure Every Guy Should Give Himself

To all the men in our lives, it’s time to do something about those frayed cuticles and jagged nails. We know schlepping to the salon probably isn't on your list of fun after-work activities. But with the right equipment, you can get presentable nails from the comfort of your own home. This foolproof guide will give you better looking nails within five minutes. 

Step 1: Lotion and Oil Up

You'll want to soften your hands, nails, and cuticles before you start the manicure process. Lotion up then dab cuticle oil, coconut oil, or olive oil onto your cuticles. Let everything soak in.

Step 2: Prep

Wipe your nails down with acetone nail polish remover to get rid of any lotion or oil residue. You need a squeaky clean base to start with.

Step 3: File 

file nails

Next, file your nails with OPI's Shiner XL Buffer Nail File ($7.45) to even out the edges until you have a rounded shape.

Step 4: Buff it out

nail buffer

Using SEPHORA COLLECTION Nail Buffer Block ($6), buff the nails straight across until they're even and shiny. Swipe in a motion similar to the way you give dress shoes a quick rub. We love this buffer block because each side has a corresponds to a number so you know just what sequence to use it in.

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Step 5: Tend to your cuticles

cuticle remover

Next, grab Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover ($5.65) and dab a little on each nail. Rub it in slightly so that the product doesn’t drip off. Take COVERGIRL's Cuticle Remover ($12.97) and push back the cuticles in the direction it's coming from. 

Step 6: Trim

nail clippers

Keep your nails looking clean and uniform, clip the tips with SEPHORA COLLECTION Make the Cut Nail Clipper ($5). Bonus: this clipper won't leave a mess behind! 

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Step 7: Nourish your nails

revlon cuticle moisture oil

Lastly, apply Revlon's Cuticle Moisture Oil to your cuticles to lock in moisture and repair dry skin.

What at-home nail care products do you use? Tell us in the comments below!


About the Author
Claire R.
Claire R.
I'm Claire, the Junior Editor here at Influenster! I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!