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Summer clothing and accessories reveal all. It doesn’t matter how expensive those gilded gladiator sandals are, or how chic the label is on the perfectly faded tank top, if your toenails are battered and your fingernails are gruesomely bitten to the quick.

Boerum Hill’s fuschia-colored Dashing Diva, which is rapidly approaching its first birthday, offers a comparatively quick solution for nails in need of an extreme makeover. While their Tailor Fit Nails and Tip Toe Nails ($10-$15) already come in a variety of sizes and designs - ranging from French to disco ball sparkle - their Virtual Nails ($25) are completely transparent and are available in even more sizes. Combine the Virtuals with the Basic Diva Manicure ($12) for nail shaping, massage and "Flash Dry" finish.

Like those retro hits, Lee Press On Nails, the Virtual Nails are full coverage - glued right on top of your existing nail. But Virtuals are practically a custom fit. (The staff sizes you up and records your stats on your first visit, so future applications are even faster.)

During my service, Maria, who’s worked at Jisoo and Gina Sun’s Dashing Diva since it opened, shaped my existing nails, sized me up, easily applied the nails, wrapped my hands in moist, hot towels and loosened my computer-stiffened hands with a massage. When I hesitated over selecting a polish color, Gina combined two to get the matches-everything-ballerina-pink I was looking for - at no extra charge.

After two weeks, the staff can remove the Virtual Nails for you with a soak ($10) that dissolves the adhesive - leaving your own nails unharmed and ready for another round. Need a break between sets? The soak is available for purchase at the shop and you can remove at home. But why do that when free Cosmopolitans are to be had with any service on Thursdays and Fridays, from 5 to 9 pm? Not surprisingly, reservations are recommended.

For more information about Dashing Diva (129 Smith St. at Dean Street in Boerum Hill), call (718) 875-1210 or visit the Web site www.dashingdiva.com.

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