The front page of The New York Times on a recent Sunday sent a collective shudder down the perfectly aligned spines of the gala-going set. An investigation exposed the unethical labor practices that keep virtually every nail salon in the city operational. Suddenly, anyone with fresh, unchipped nails winced with pangs of guilt. While the fallout from the exposé remains to be seen (Will pricier manicures done by services like Vensêtte, et al, become the norm?), for now, it’s best to break out your own emery board before a night on the town.

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