When I was the crochet expert on Knitting Daily TV, I had to get a professional manicure before taping the show. That would mean making an appointment at a salon the day before travel day, then have a travel day, then begin taping the following day. So I would BEGIN taping 2 days after the manicure and often need my nails to stay fresh for 3-4 more days after that.
I don't know about you, but professional manicures often chip the second day and never last more than a few days for me! I asked around and got some wonderful tips and tricks from nail technicians (including my sister). Over the years, I have discovered that there are a few inexpensive tools you can purchase to create MUCH LONGER manicures DIY at home for a fraction of the price, too! Win-Win!
You will need a nail file, a base coat and top coat, a polish of your choosing and a square buffer. The items are linked below to purchase at Amazon:
And here is a video where I show you the tips and tricks I've learned over the years for giving myself a beautiful and long lasting manicure at home: