There are few actions extra humbling than portray your individual nails. Each time I rise up the gumption to go full DIY, the outcome finally ends up trying smudged and uneven, polish spilling into my cuticles. Whereas my portray did marginally enhance over the previous yr (I’m completely satisfied to report I’ve progressed previous toddler and stand proudly on the first-grade benchmark), I just about caught to a bare nail for almost all of 2020—it seems, my nails needed the breather, anyway. 

However I gained’t lie: I miss a freshly polished digit, and I’m nonetheless dead-set on excelling my at-home mani expertise previous the elementary stage. What’s an keen nail novice to do?

Two phrases: sheer polish. Not solely are contemporary, milky nails deliciously on-trend for summer season, however the coloration is oh-so flattering (it makes your fingers seem longer), and the applying is virtually foolproof—not like with opaque, brightly coloured lacquers, any errant strokes fly underneath the radar. 

Plus, should you’ve used the previous yr to nurse your nails again to well being after fixed put on from gels or acrylics, the clear shade means that you can exhibit your robust, thriving nails whereas filling in any noticeable ridges or divots—assume naked nails, however higher.