Never mind colour, for nails this season it is all about effects. Nail art is still popular as ever, but it is less about the designs and more about texture, finish and feel. The new crop of nail polishes hitting the counters make it easy to paint on anything with one stroke. We teamed up with nail expert Michelle Humphrey to play around with the spring nail collections and create our looks. Scan the page to get her tips and tricks on the latest products.
OPI’s new liquid sand polish will divide opinion as they reject the smooth glossy finish typical of most polish. You’ll either love or hate the gritty, matte, glitter finish, but the textured surface makes it easier to create an ombre-effect manicure. Also great for a gradient are the I’m perfection polishes from Illamasqua which use a mixture of black glitter particles suspended in milky coloured polishes to give a speckled egg finish.
“Mannequin hands” are the contemporary neutral look that is easier to achieve thanks to brands who are releasing a spectrum of nude shades to cover all skin tones. The modern way to wear nudes is with a full cover finish to give a uniform look to elongate your nails and fingers. Michelle says “these are opaque shades as opposed to a French manicure which is translucent”. However if this is too uniform for you, try a contrasting tip or half moon to break up the look. We have used a leather-effect, tan shade with a clashing, glossy-black half moon for a two-tone manicure.
If you don’t have a skilled nail artist available to you, it has never been easier to DIY with nail accessories going mainstream. Nail art pens let you dot, stripe and bling like a professional – just remember to let the base colour dry properly. Too much to choose from? Michelle’s tip is to go for dots: “Everyone goes mad for spots and polka dots, they’re still my most requested look”.