HOW TO do a 5-minute mani

22 April 2009

If, like us, you're sick of waiting for your nails to dry only for them to inevitably smudge the minute you move an inch, this season's low-shine mani is the perfect solution... So to get the inside track on how to achieve that perfectly polished, but not ultra-glossy, catwalk look, we checked in with A-list beauty guru Nichola Joss, who has tended to the skin and nails of everyone from Angelina Jolie to Anne Hathaway.

Step 1: Remove all traces of polish from your nails to start with a clean base.

Step 2: Forget square/oval/squoval – to get the perfect short-and-tidy shape for this season, use the natural curve of your cuticle as your guide. You should file your nails to mirror this line.

Step 3: Use a glass file to shape the nails (it's far less likely to cause splits and flakes than a regular emery board), using long, sweeping movements in one direction.

Step 4: Use the rougher side of your nail buffer first to remove any final residues of polish and smooth the nails completely.

Step 5: Finish with the foam side of the buffer, rubbing it over the nails' surface for the perfect low-shine gleam. Just buff and go – no drying time necessary!

- Bella Blissett


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