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