The secrets to a perfect manicure

We all want perfectly primped and polished digits. But, why is it we can rarely can get a mani as magnificent as the nail salon? Here, Gaynor August, Salon Director of Sydney’s Lash & Lacquer reveals how. Photo: Courtesy of Lash & Lacquer


Just as the same haircut doesn’t suit everyone, neither will the same manicure. “Different shapes and lengths suit and flatter different hands and nails,” says August. Long fingers and nail beds suit most shapes while soft, round edges are the most flattering for wider nails.

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Eleanor Pendleton
Eleanor Pendleton is an award-winning leading beauty and health journalist. Eleanor has held Beauty Editor positions at magazines including InStyle and FAMOUS. Eleanor has also written for publications including Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Harper's BAZAAR China and Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty. When Eleanor isn't editing her own beauty website,, she is a Beauty Ambassador for SHOP Til You Drop magazine. In April 2013, Eleanor was awarded the highest achievement in fragrance journalism, The 2013 Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence, which is an internationally-recognised beauty industry award.