nailed! a mani in min­utes!

if you’ve ever skipped do­ing your nails be­cause of time, this rou­tine is for you

Woman (UK) - - This Isssue -

1 The clean-up

Wipe away any re­main­ing nail pol­ish in a flash with re­mover pads. our favourite? But­ter Lon­don Scrub­bers 2-in-1 Prep + Re­mover wipes, £10. one pad can han­dle all 10 fin­gers, and the abra­sive fin­ish will speed up the clean-up process no end.

2 The file and shape

use a glass nail file to get your shape right. not only are they bet­ter for your nail (the smoother fin­ish causes less dam­age), but they cre­ate your per­fect shape in fewer strokes. a quick and fool-proof method is to sim­ply round off the sides of your nails to form a nat­u­ral­look­ing oval shape.

3 The cu­ti­cle treat­ment

the eas­i­est step of all – just leave them alone! cu­ti­cles should be a pro-only zone.

4 The big buff

a quick 30-sec­ond nail buff will help pol­ish go on more evenly. Buff­ing means you’ll only need a thin layer of pol­ish for a per­fect fin­ish – so they’ll dry quicker, too. The Body Shop nail Pol­ish­ing Block, £4

5 The pol­ish

slick on a basecoat as it’s the bar­rier that pre­vents you stain­ing your nails with pol­ish. next, ap­ply a pol­ish with enough pig­ment to make a sin­gle coat suf­fi­cient. Fin­ish with a top coat to add gloss. Barry m all-in-one Basecoat, Top­coat & nail Har­dener, £2.99, does it all!

6 The speedy fin­ish

a quick dose of Bour­jois In­stant Dry nail Drops, £5.99, on top of your mani goes a long way. Your nails dry to a light touch in around 30 sec­onds. Don’t ex­pect to be able to rum­mage in your hand­bag, but you’ll be able to read, type and drive while keep­ing your mani in place!

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