The best beauty products in the drugstore aisles handpicked by New York City nail artist Jin Soon Choi.
1Cutex Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover
“I use only non-acetone remover at all of my spas because it’s gentler on skin and nails. This one is a classic that’s been my go-to since I got started.”
To buy: $4; walmart.com.
2Tweezerman Cuticle Nipper
“Tweezerman makes professional-grade tools at a fair price. Use this between salon visits to maintain your manicure.”
To buy: $26; ulta.com.
3Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
“Leaving some of the cuticle keeps nails healthy. This softens the skin so you can easily push it back.”
To buy: $7.50; ulta.com.
4Revlon Emeryl Compact Nail File
“Metal files are easy to wash with soap and water between uses, unlike foam or emery.”
To buy: $4; ulta.com.
5Kiss Nail Art Paints in Gala
“Striping brushes are the best for creating designs. The black, white, and silver in this kit are good neutrals, plus you can reuse the brushes with other colors.”
To buy: $7; target.com.
This article originally appeared in Real Simple.