HOW TO GET THEM To create party-ready nails, don’t settle for gold or scarlet polish. ‘Modern nail art isn’t just for teenagers,’ says manicurist Elisha Micallef. ‘Delicate details, such as spots, add an unexpected twist, and they’re simple to do at home.’ Elisha used OPI Nail Lacquer in Glitzerland, £13.50, dotted over a sheer pink base, but on-trend, jewel-coloured metallic tones look fabulously festive, too. Try CND Vinylux Polish in After Hours, £9.95, OPI Nail Lacquer in Black to Reality, £13.50, and Chanel le Vernis in Opulence, £22. We’ve found that Soigné Nail Art Tool Kit, £18 (soignenails.com), makes getting creative easy. ‘Don’t overload your tool with polish. If you do, it won’t create even-sized circles,’ says Elisha. ‘Experiment with their position to find a look that suits your nail shape and size.’ Prevent smudging by ensuring the dots are dry before finishing with a glossy topcoat, like Jessica Thick Plumping Top Coat, £13.50. HOW TO KEEP THEM Cuticle oil (or even olive oil, at a pinch) is your friend during the festive period. Not only does polish last longer on well-conditioned, hydrated nails, it also adds a temporary shine to a fading mani.
CND Vinylux Polish in After Hours, £9.95
Chanel le Vernis in Opulence, £22
Soigné Nail Art Tool Kit, £18