Forget knuckle duster cocktail rings; these days the place to wear bling on your hands is on the tips. Nails have gone from an overlooked afterthought to an essential accessory. Whilst the classic French manicure languishes out of favour, it is not enough to just have a nice tidy set of nails. Nail wear is now a statement and like any good accessory, can make-or-break a look. The fashion equivalent would be a pair of shoes, but whilst we can only wear one pair of statement heels at a time, we have ten finger nails with which to play around with and have animated our four favourite party looks.
It’s not just about the colour of your polish these days. The texture, shape, finish and theme are all considerations of a manicure. Contrast is preferred, so if the rest of your look is simple, outré nails are the way to go. The red carpet trend of the moment is the accent nail: choose one finger to add a contrasting shade or design. The charm in this look? It’s the kind of detail that only gets noticed by someone who’s paying close attention to you.
If you’re good with a brush, then get painterly with it and draw in your nail art. For the rest of us, a nail wrap with a pre-printed design is the instant stick-on option.Rhinestones, glitter and sequins are also easy to do: place a few carefully on top of wetpolish, or sprinkle with abandon.
It may be one more thing we need to pay attention to in our grooming routine, but when something is this much fun and has such a varied palette of shades and textures, we say... enjoy the freedom and let your tips do the talking.