2012’s Mega­Hot Mani

Like camel­coloured pumps, the nude-nail craze is per­fect for day or night, adds tonnes of chic ap­peal, and goes with every­thing! Go on...be a nud­ist!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - FAST GLAM -

THE PRO Celebrity nail artist Jenna Hipp.

THE PREP Re­move pol­ish, then swipe bare nails with al­co­hol to nix any oils that could pre­vent pol­ish from stick­ing.

THE TECH­NIQUE

1File nails in one di­rec­tion (this sea­son’s ‘It’ shape: round and just past fin­ger­tips). Saw­ing back and forth splits the del­i­cate nail lay­ers, which can peel pol­ish.

2A neat, per­fect paint job is key to this look. If you’re not skilled at stay­ing in­side the lines, pro­tect your cu­ti­cles with pieces of clear tape.

3Fol­low­ing a base coat, ap­ply two coats of nude pol­ish, first run­ning the brush up the cen­tre of the nails, then work­ing out­wards. Seal colour with top coat.

4Aim a blow-dryer to­wards nails at a 45-de­gree an­gle, us­ing the cool set­ting (hot air pre­vents sol­vents from evap­o­rat­ing, so pol­ish won’t set). When nails dry, re­move tape from Step 2.

5Dip a foun­da­tion brush into olive oil, and lightly sweep it from knuckle to cu­ti­cle for a glowy fin­ish—rub­bing in a thick lo­tion with hands can smudge your work.

Gin­nifer Good­win Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Nude, ₹ 130 Skin tone­match­ing nails like Gin­nifer Good­win’s help elon­gate fin­gers

Avon Nail Wear Pro Nail Enamel in Per­fectly Fresh, ₹ 119

M.A.C Nail Lac­quer in Coco

Clay, ₹ 720

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