6. Buff, Baby, Buff
Buffing is one of the most rewarding parts of the manicure, and almost makes you want to leave your nails bare. In most cases you can follow the number on the buffer itself, like with this The Body Shop Nail Block ($6.95). Side number one is first, and the most coarse of the lot. Use this to give a final file to the edge of your nails, and to start smoothing ridges on your actual nail. Once each nail has been smoothed over, repeat with sides two, three and four. In a few short minutes, your nails will be unbelievably shiny and smooth — and you won't be able to take your eyes off them!