How many times have you left the nail salon with a fierce and fresh manicure, only to have it smudge or chip within a few days? It’s just no fun wasting money on nail salon visits. That’s why we tracked down a few manicure tips to help you get pro results for less at home.

Here, Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, co-founders of the vegan-friendly nail polish line Ginger & Liz, share with their expert advice for perfecting your next DIY manicure.

Whether you’re creating a perfect set of nails from scratch or touching up your last salon mani, these tips are the best of the best — hands down!

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