April 05, 2010 12:00 PM

GET MORE STAR BEAUTY EVERY DAY!

People.com

As if being a full-time star athlete isn’t time consuming enough, Serena Williams recently enrolled in a Florida program to get her nail specialist certification. Inspired by her love of manicures (“I go every four days!” she says), she’s chipping away at the required 240 course hours-even pulling a few 12-hour days. “I wanted to have a real knowledge,” says Williams, who reveals she’s going to tip her manicurists more now, because “I didn’t realize they do so much work! There’s actually an art to it.” What has she learned that do-it-yourselfers can take to heart? “Be patient!” she says. “Go for long, even strokes. Use a quick-dry top coat, then stay still for 10 minutes.”

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