Nothing can boost your spirits like a fresh manicure. However, a lot of us don't have the time or money for regular trips to the salon, which is why learning how to do a mani on your own is a vital beauty skill.

Pretty nails aren't only about the polish color. You need to know how to properly buff, polish, shine, hydrate and treat your nails for truly flawless salon-worthy finish. While it sounds like a lot of work, you can get the job done in under five minutes. All it takes is a few key tricks.