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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Your new look nailed

Forget French tips, this autumn’s jewel colours will have your nails right on trend

NAILS are, to use that phrase made popular by the movie Zoolander, so hot right now.

We're not talking about the WAG-tastic acrylic or gel French tips that were popular during the boom years, though: the emphasis is firmly on block colours and making the most of what nature gave you without artificial enhancements . . .

Er, someone should probably call Cheryl Cole and let her know. Treatments such as Minx, whose thin, stick-on decals mean it's possible to choose from an incredible number of detailed prints and finishes, and shellac, which uses UVcured gel polish to give two weeks’ chip-free wear, are fantastic, but you don't need to go in-salon to be on-trend.

Compared to the cost of other beauty products, nail varnish is a cheap and cheerful way to update your look. As we head into winter, there's always a shift towards moodier colours in make-up, and nails are no exception. Jewel tones, dark metallics and vampy purples are big nail news this year; kill two birds with one stone with BARRY M’S DUSKY MAUVE, €4.50, which is a beautiful, dark, grey-leaning purple with a subtle iridescent shimmer. It also happens to be a dead ringer for CHANEL’S PARADOXAL POLISH, at less than a quarter of the price.

Alternatively, try one of the new neutrals: creamy greys, soft, muted greens, and taupe or putty shades all fall into the sohot-it-hurts camp.

Although it means that the nailpainting process takes that bit longer, I always use a basecoat to prime nails and prevent staining, and a topcoat to extend wear time and add lasting shine. Fast-drying topcoats along the lines of SALLY HANSEN INSTA-DRI, €5.93, (above) are a must-have for anyone who doesn't have time to sit around waiting for their nails to dry, as well as klutzes like myself.

For out-and-out trend hounds, though, nail art is where it's at. London's coolest nail emporium, WAH Nails, is responsible for taking nail art from tacky to super-trendy, and is set to open an outpost in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum, within weeks. See you there!

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