When it comes to DIY, our own nails might as well be the Mona Lisa.

It takes a steady hand, serious concentration and patience… patience, patience, and more patience. And then just when you think you’ve absolutely nailed it, it smudges… before you could even post your fresh new #nails on Instagram.

We feel your frustration because we’ve been there… one too many times. Actually, we’d completely given up on going there at all. It was in the “too hard” basket, right next to McQueen’s Armadillo heels circa 2010.

So we wanted to know the secret. Why does it always look so much better after a trip to the salon? Even when you take your own polish (to match your new blue Chanel Velvet Classic Flap, of course)?

We found the crucial tip we were once missing, and let us tell you… it’s life changing.

Here’s how you nail it in 10 minutes or less.

By Carmen Hamilton.

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