During lockdown, our beauty routines became more about self-care and feeling confident amid so much uncertainty. As we get used to a new normal, Sally Hunwick contemplates what beauty means to us now.

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With manicures missing in action, many of us had nude nails for the first time in a long while. “I have noticed fewer gel polish manicures and a growing understanding of the importance of the integrity and health of the nails,” says Petroni, who is also an official Chanel manicurist. “People have more time to research and understand the elements of their nail care routine; they’re looking for less of a quick fix.” Petroni has seen increased demand for the Naked Manicure at her Sydney salon, which uses keratin to generate shine. “It treats and repairs nails without any polish at all,” she says. If you want a current hue, Petroni suggests a shimmery metallic. “The new Chanel Le Vernis in Chaînes D’Or is my absolute favourite for summer.”