State­ment Nails

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Looks -

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

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