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How to... Do a salon-worthy DIY manicure; BEAUTY; Save money on your mani and give your nails a makeover at home with our step-by-step guide by L'Oreal Paris nail expert, Lorraine Griffin.


STEP 1: Prep 'Start off by getting your hands ready,' says Lorraine. You can make your own hand scrub with a few tablespoons of sugar mixed with a couple of teaspoons of almond or coconut oil. Once that's washed off, file your nails into your chosen shape. Use a soft nail file rather than one of the hard glass ones, as they can be too rough.

STEP 2: Paint Make sure your nails are absolutely dry before applying any polish. If there's oil or water on them, they'll chip quicker. For extra staying power, apply a clear base polish before the colour. Try to choose a varnish that comes with a thick, oval-shaped brush, as it makes the overall finish a lot neater. 'Apply two coats, ensuring each layer is dry before you apply the next,' Lorraine advises.

STEP 3: Perfect Seal your colour by applying a good top coat. One coat will do, and if your nails are long enough, drag the brush over the ends to stop them from chipping. 'Cuticle oils are underrated too,' Lorraine says, 'but they make your polish dry quicker as it stops the oxygen getting to your nails, so finish by applying a couple of drops after you're done with your mani.'

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Sun saviour

If you're jetting off to warmer climes then a good SPF will be top of your packing list, but your skin isn't the only thing that needs protecting. Although hair can't exactly get sun-burned, UV rays can damage the cuticle layer, making it frizzy and lose its shine. No need to hide in the shade, though

- Dove Youthful Vitality BB Cream, PS6.99, contains UV filters that make your hair less likely to split and break. Did we mention it smells like coconut too?

PS8 NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Samantha

A seriously pigmented gel liner that lasts from morning to night.


Bright blues are the colour of the season, so make your eyes the focus with these

PS5.49 Barry M Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Bright Blue

Apply with a thin slanted brush for a flawless line.

WHERE TO BUY: Skintruth at; L'Oreal at Boots & Superdrug; Wah London at Boots; NYX at; Barry M at Boots; Dove at Boots.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 24, 2015
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