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10-MINUTE TREAT­MENT When you have a few mo­ments to your­self, try this DIY hand and nail treat­ment...

Soak nails in warm al­mond or sun­flower oil for 10 min­utes to con­di­tion the nail plate and cu­ti­cle area. Put a tea­spoon of su­gar on to your hands and ex­fo­li­ate with the oil. Rinse. This will re­move dead cells, and brighten and mois­turise skin. Wipe your nails with pol­ish re­mover if you want to ap­ply pol­ish straight away.

AL­LOW ONE HOUR If you like to ex­per­i­ment with colour, paint­ing your own nails means you’re spoiled for choice. Go for on-trend metallics, for a luxe look, but keep nails short and slightly square for a mod­ern look. In gold place is Barry M Liq­uid Chrome in Bright Lights (£3.99). Sil­ver goes to Mavala Pearl Nail Colour in Austin (£4.95, John Lewis), and in bronze medal po­si­tion is

YSL La Lac­quer Cou­ture in No 55 Bronze Fever (£19.50).

Al­ter­na­tively, red is glam­orous and clas­sic. Hold the bot­tle against the back of your hand to check if the colour will work with your skin tone – the right shade will make it look fresh and bright. For one with a hint of sparkle, try Sally Hansen Mir­a­cle Gel in Red-y Set Run

(£9.99); for a clas­sic ruby, try Ge­orge

Gel Ef­fect Nail Pol­ish in Ob­ses­sion

(£3, Asda); and for a mul­berry rouge,

try Nail­berry L’oxygéné Nail Lac­quer in Rouge (£14.50, nail­berry.co.uk).

An ap­pli­ca­tion of Mavala Mavadry Quick Dry­ing Top Coat (£11, Boots) speeds up dry­ing. Although nails will be touch-dry in 10 to 15 min­utes, avoid do­ing any­thing much more tax­ing than hand­ing round cheese straws and sip­ping Cham­pagne for an hour or so.

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