Nail trends this year are genuinely ‘anything goes’, and instead of being confused by all the magazine and fashion week coverage of what’s ‘on trend’ for nails, which go from nudes to brights (via the classics!), use this season’s lack of trend to go with your favourites and exclusively co-ordinate or clash your nails with your outfits and accessories.
Obviously to do this, a good choice of colour is essential and, as texture is also in (although not used as much), it is handy to have small pots to create accent nails or, my favourite, is to put a top coat on if you are starting to show any cracks to elongate your manicure.
Some fun application techniques with this Nails Inc. London 10-piece collection would be:
1. My top tip for choosing what nail colour you should wear with an outfit is to stand in front of a full length mirror, either with your outfit on, holding your accessories or holding your outfits up in front of you with your accessories on the hanger, then standing several feet away from the mirror, hold each nail colour up against the proposed ensemble. This is a great way of looking at it objectively rather than being distracted by your hands and allows you to see the full image of an outfit, and will often encourage you to try a different colour combination because you can see in the reflection how it makes an outfit look more modern or classic or sophisticated or trendy, depending on which colour you choose
2. Try Willow Place (pastel mint) two-toned with a diagonal stripe of Gordon Street ‘latte nude’
3. Or try Sheraton Street (slate blue pastel) reverse french with Baker Street (cobalt blue) tips
4. Use Brook Street (bright summery coral) with a ring finger or index finger accent overcoat of Boswell Street (a pale peach/candy special effect)
5. A Baker Street (cobalt blue) tip, coated all-over with St George Square (a white and silver crystalline finish) to give a sparkly, dewy gloss
6. On top of a base coat, apply either the Beaumont Mews, Boswell Street or Rose Way Nail lacquer. These special effects with confetti like multi-coloured pieces of art, suspended within lacquer are sometimes best patted onto the nail with the brush so that you are placing the nail art on rather than stroking it off. It may take a little longer to dry but it’s worth the wait as it very much gives an out-of-this-world effect that looks like it’s been hand painted with a precision point brush from a nail artist
7. Choose a base colour with a co-ordinating special effect top coat for toe nails. This is especially good for holidays as it will be incredibly hard wearing and should last about a month
8. A very elegant and beautiful effect is to use your base and top coat on the whole of the nail to create a glossy clear, and only apply one of the accent colours on the free edge as a reverse french on a naked nail. This then looks fantastic if you are choosing a shade that compliments a part of your outfit or accessories
9. For those of you that adore the French manicure and find it difficult to steer away from a paler nail, use the special effect top coats either on the whole of your nail or just an accent nail or even just over the white, free edge. The most subtle of which would be St. George’s Square, which would be a lovely way to add a little bit of shimmer to a French manicure for a wedding. You could then do the full encrusting of the special effect varnishes on the toes to co-ordinate
10. The half-moon manicure can be achieved using any of these cream colours, but it is best applied using a thin point paint brush which is worth investing in or borrowing from a child’s paint box!