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be­lieve in man­i­cures ... I be­lieve happy girls are the pret­ti­est girls,” said Au­drey Hep­burn of the fact that a per­fectly pol­ished nail makes us feel in­stantly more chic, pulled to­gether, and con­tent. To ap­pre­ci­ate a fab­u­lous blow-dry or the re­sults of a ra­di­ance-en­hanc­ing fa­cial you have to look in the mir­ror, yet to reap the up­lift­ing ben­e­fits of a man­i­cure you sim­ply have to glance down­wards at your hands. “A good man­i­cure shows at­ten­tion to de­tail and it’s the cor­ner­stone of any groomed woman’s beauty regime,” ac­cord­ing to nail ex­pert Leighton Denny.

On a spir­i­tual level, Ila Spa founder Denise Le­ices­ter says: “The hand is con­nected to the heart in terms of our chakras, so tak­ing care of your hands and nails in­stantly makes you feel hap­pier.”

Of course, it fol­lows that the ad­verse is true: a chipped nail can have a de­mor­al­is­ing ef­fect. Denny sug­gests care­fully “seal­ing the edge of the nails with the first layer of colour and then again with the top coat” to pro­long your man­i­cure.

The im­por­tance of a glossy, chip-free fin­ish is some­thing ev­ery­one would agree on, but find­ing the colour that will el­e­vate your mood sim­ply by catch­ing your eye is much more per­sonal. Hep­burn pre­ferred pink, Diana Vreeland was known for her strik­ing red; but with a rain­bow of hues now avail­able – from yel­low and orange to green and blue – it’s less about fol­low­ing the trends and more about pick­ing out the shade that stands out to you. As BAZAAR ad­vised in 1941: “Ex­per­i­ment with new shades and switch them about as eas­ily as you do your hats. For the colour of your pol­ish can change the ex­pres­sion of your hands as lip­stick can change the ex­pres­sion of your face.”

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