From Jessie J and Lily Allen to Rihanna and Katy Perry, celebrity nails are taking centre stage this season. Here's how to nail manicure art and the DIY disasters to avoid.
The best fashion statements are right at your fingertips, proclaims Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Ambassador and celebrity manicurist. “You can really experiment with colour and brightness rather than just pattern and shape,” she explains. “In that way they can become a sort of hybrid between makeup and jewellery.”
“There’s a lot you can do in a small space,” she continues, adding that nails surpass the haircut or hot new lipstick shade as the ultimate ‘non-committal’ beauty statement. “They work more as an accessory to an outfit than a lip or a hairstyle.” With her fancy finger work regularly splashed across magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, InStyle and Teen Vogue, Madeline adds that the beauty of nail art lies in its versatility. “Aside from colour, you can also play with shape and length, which can give your whole vibe a different feeling from tomboy to glamour.”
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1. Stellar Celebrity Statements
“Jessie J and Lily Allen both experiment quite a lot with nail designs, outrageous patterns and decals and Alexa Chung is an example of someone who changes and plays with her nail colour frequently but keeps them natural and generally a simple solid colour,” Madeline comments.
2. Tonal Trends for 2015
Ditch the neon. New tonal trends that are big include metallic, white and coral tones, the latter of which proves a low-maintenance favourite for Madeline personally when travelling the globe for work.
3. Big Bling Trends for 2015
• Crystals on the underside of the nail are a favourite quirky look, says Madeline. “Ciara is the first person I saw place crystals on the underside of her nails. I love this look!”
• She also sites random and minimally placed studs as a favourite experimental trend, “like just a small gold stud on the centre of a few nails with a sheer colour.”
• High shine chrome metallic is another. “All the metallic collection from Miracle Gel is a perfect illustration of this trend,” Madeline points out.
4. Shape of the Season
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5. Erasing manicure mistakes
Big on at-home boo-boos? You’re not alone. Here are Madeline’s top tips to erasing manicure mistakes:
• If your colour is incorrect, “hold the remover and pad on the nail for 10 seconds then slide toward the top to avoid staining around the nail,” she advises.
• Fix a chip by lightly buffing down the area surrounding the chip, applying a dab of the colour and re-top coating the entire nail.
• “Clean up around the cuticle with a thin brush like an eyebrow or lip brush dipped in nail polish remover,” suggests Madeline.
6. Top Care Tips for Art Nails
• Always wear a base coat to protect the nail.
• If you're wearing acrylic nails, it's important to have them removed and redone frequently so the skin around the nail doesn't grow improperly, advises Madeline.
• “Carry a file around with you to avoid painful snagging and hang nails,” she adds.
7. Caution on Acrylics
Not all of us are blessed with long, strong nails. But nurturing them to that place is better than slapping on a fake, notes Madeline, who cautions against applying acrylic nails as the damage far outweighs the effect. “It's quite difficult to remove them without causing an indentation at the base of the nail and thinning of the overall nail plate,” she explains, adding that shellacs, gels and press-on nails - if removed safely and properly - are a better option.