If you keep the preposterous world records aside, a set of beautified digits has its own charm. It’s always a tricky story with grooming nails, because they can never be camouflaged; they’re either gorgeous or repulsive. Whether you’re shaking hands, typing frantically on a keyboard or clasping a martini glass, the nails will always be glaring at you. This neglected beauty ritual deserves some attention and we’re here to save the day, or your nails.
From grooming tips to top colours for spring 2011, Fashionising.com has it covered. And if you have a flashy pair of leather gloves sitting by your side, we urge you to ignore them because they will eventually come off, and you will regret not continuing to read after the jump. Keep the nail buffer handy.
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Nail colours for spring / summer 2011
For those fashionisers for whom the sun is currently spring / summer 2011 is still on the way, a spring nail colour is both a pick-me-up and the perfect compliment to any warm-weather outfit. Here are the top colour picks for the season.
Possessing pop-art feel that transcends vintage de jure, blue nails are refreshing and fun. There are also plenty of shades to pick your favourite from.
Hot colours: Shades of denim, gemstone cobalt, and turquoise
Product Pick: Coat Azure nail polish by Essie
A bright orange, coral or peachy-pink on the fingernails will instantly transport you to a tropical destination. Imagine a white ruffle bikini, a punchy cocktail and equally perky fingernails.
Hot colours: Soft peach, mandarin, all shades of coral
Product Pick: On the Same Paige nail polish by OPI
Ignore all you’re-being-too-girly looks and be daring. Paint your hand digits and tootsies the same pink. Pink nailpolish on toes, in particular, look stunning.
Hot colours: Striking pink, strawberry gelato shades
Product Pick: Pink Flamenco nail polish by OPI
It won’t make your fingernails look like bananas; neither will it mock the sunshine. Wear this unusual shade with lacy-white dresses or team with clashing accessories.
Hot colours: Sunshine yellow, melon and lemon shades.
Product Pick: Cheeky chops nail polish by Butter London
At least in the beauty world, green is no longer associated with bacterial fungi. This envious shade is best worn on shorter (groomed) fingernails.
Hot colours: Deep leafy green, Green grapes.
Product Pick: Pretty Edgy by Essie
An alternative to black, purple adds drama to the nails without being boring. The darker hues will glisten when you step out in the sun.
Hot colours: Metallic purple, soft lilac, matte eggplant purple.
Product Pick: La Lacque in Black Purple by Yves Saint Laurent
Every skin tone can pull-off red nails. It magically even works if you’re having a bad-nail-day.
Hot colours: All shades of red. Opt for lacquers with a glossy finish for this shade.
Product Pick: Le Vernish in Rouge St Honore by Lancome
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Tips for grooming your nails
Clean, trim, groom and paint
Repeat this mantra until it gets stamped in the beauty brain. There is nothing more unattractive than seeing overgrown cuticles, chipped edges and dirty nails while you’re signing a business deal. Fingernails unveil your personal hygiene within seconds, almost faster than you can say your own name. Treat them like a king and follow a weekly grooming routine. A professional manicure and pedicure is ideal, but if not, then buy a home kit for nails. But do memorise the mantra – it’s meditation for your nails.
For a DIY manicure, apply a few drops of rosehip oil or an oil-based cuticle cream to your nails before going to bed. It’ll help hydrate, soften and repair the cuticles.
Opt for bright, mature nail colours
The most worrisome dilemma with bright colours is that it puts you on the borderline of a teenage, pop music lover and a corporate business junkie. To drive away from such generalisation, stay clear from cotton candy colours and go for bolder hues. However if you do want a pop of gelato shades on the nails, then ask a professional manicurist to give you a half-moon design or French manicure. Make your digits look expensive and then no one will suspect your love for Walt Disney.
Don’t forget the toes
The trace of summer in the southern hemisphere air brings with it the love for revealing shoes. Repeat the mantra for the toes because every woman’s addiction to shoes needs a grounded justification. Wear clashing colours so your foot can make the statement for your outfit – red nails with green stilettos or purple shoes with yellow nails. There are no boundaries this season.
Mind the shape
The shape of the nails has always been a debate. The good news is that there are no rules to follow. Pick a nail shape that works for you with options being rounded, almond shape, square, pointed, oval, slightly sided with a pointed end. If you’re painting a bright colour, keep them short otherwise it’ll look comical and tacky. But the nails should extend to the edge of the finger. If you pick neutral and earthy shades, then long and shaped nails are the key.
Always use a base coat
If you’re a regular nail polish wearer, then ‘yellow-stained nails’ must ring a bell. Just as other make-up regimes demand a prep-up, coating the nails with a base coat is an absolute must. It not only feeds your nails with Vitamin E and minerals, but also protects them from lacquer stains.
How many nail polish coats is enough?
This entirely depends on how bold a statement you want to make, but for a long-lasting effect the general rule is two coats. Apply the base coat, two thin coats of nail enamel and finish with a thin strike of transparent topcoat. Nail paint lasts longer on the toes; so there you can get away with base coat, one coat of colour and a topcoat.
Always paint in a 3-stroke motion and never paint the cuticles.