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The Manicure Bible: How to Ace a Manicure at Home

Tom Bachik knows nails. He designs looks for Jennifer Lopez [1] and Victoria Beckham [2], he is L'Oreal Paris's brand ambassador, and he has over 64,000 Instagram followers [3]. People look to him as a manicure mensa.

Working with Tom over the years, I've gotten to know his fun personality and learned so many great tricks that I figured, "why not share the wealth?" We sat down after a nail art shoot to discuss the dos and don'ts of at-home manicures, and thus The Manicure Bible was born.

So does buffing your nails matter? What's the deal with file grit? And how can you ensure streak-free polish application? Tom shares the tricks he uses on Zooey Deschanel [4] and Heidi Klum [5], all in the name of the perfect set of nails.

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