Toe-tapping treats HOW TO ARTLY NAIL IT
he rise of nail art blogs online is a fascinating phenomenon. The creativity and skill of some bloggers has inspired a new wave of nail products — glitter topcoats, dual polishes with one colour as base, the other for decoration, and appliqués of every design.
Remember, nail art isn’t just a teenage pastime. In the last few years what was painted on nails for all the major fashion weeks internationally became stories as big as the make-up and hair.
So, should we all be trying to master a manicure à la Matisse? Unless you have plenty of spare time on your hands to practice, your best options are nail art stick- on kits, wraps or a professional session. If you do want to see how you paint feathers on your nails or a fine houndstooth pattern, look to the tutorials on the Nailasaurus or 10 Blank Canvases blogs for inspiration.
Keeping it simple and embracing the colours of the new season, there are simpler nail trends you can have fun with this summer.
But first, nail shape concerns. Nails too wide? Leaving the outside edges unpainted automatically makes the nail appears more slender. Nails that are already too narrow? Paint away, but make sure your polish has a slim line brush or you will paint skin too, so avoid all wide brushes.
Maybe you want longer nails but they refuse to grow? Use nail-hardening products (Mavala or Sally Hansen, from pharmacies nationwide) and when filing create an oval shape rather than straight across. The oval elongates the appearance of the nail and fingers, straight makes them look shorter.
And what colours for the summer season? Brights are great in the sun — hot pinks and corals and cool cherry reds are all flattering regardless of skin tone. Keep dark shades like plum and black for the colder months, but if you have a bottle in your make-up bag why not use a dark shade on the tip of a bright nail in French manicure style. It doesn’t need to be perfect but it will extend a bright manicure if it has chipped slightly at the fingertips.
Pick up a clear, glitter polish and use it to add shine and interest over a coloured nail that has dulled. And surprise product of 2014 is white nail polish. Yes, it is like painting with Tippex, (that’s the desired effect) but bizarrely it looks great alone on the nails. And if you use it as base coat under a bright shade it gives a neon quality to the finished manicure. Try it!