By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
A recent Lauryn Hill concert in Washington, D.C. was a nail biter (and not just because the singer is finally returning to the music scene). Fans waited three hours for the show to start....reportedly because Hill was waiting for her fresh manicure and pedicure to dry. Yikes! We wish we'd been there to save the day with these quickie manicure pointers.
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If you ever find yourself in need of a serious manicure time-saver, cut nails with a clipper to shorten them and then do a quick file to smooth them down. After applying a coat of polish, aim a nozzle-free blow-dryer set on cold about 12 inches from the nails. Make sure not to use warm or hot air (as heat can make nail polish expand and hasten chipping). Also, keep in mind that flaws in dark shades are particularly noticeable. Keep the color light and your nails will look as smooth as if you stepped out of the salon.
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