Spring to it with the latest colourful trends and simple designs for your nails

We share advice for how to achieve these Instagram-ready looks and where to get the supplies.

Bunch up

Naked nail art (that’s a design on a bare tip, FYI) was the order of the day at Creatures of Comfort’s S/S ‘18 show and we loved the graphic leaves on nude bases giving just a hint of colour to a plain nail tip.

Inspired by spring blooms, we went for a mix of leaves and petals to brighten up this sophisticated, floral design.

“To prevent the nail looking dull, apply a base coat with a slight sheen – French manicure polishes work well – then allow nails to dry fully,” says manicurist Emily Nachshon.

“Then, instead of battling with a thick ‘in the bottle’ brush, pour a small amount of polish on to a plastic lid and apply with a thin nail art striping brush.”

WHAT WE USED:

  • Kure Bazaar French Nude Nail Polish, £15
  • Jessica Prime 2017 Nail Polish Collection in Yellow, £11
  • Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Bamboost, £8.99
  • The Edge Nails Nail Art Long Bristle Striping Brush, £3.90

Pearl power

Pearlescent finishes used to be reserved for your gran, but they’re making a comeback in a big way. Not only do they dry quickly because of the pigments, but they hide any lumps and bumps so they’re a good option if you’ve recently ditched the falsies for an au naturel look.

“Pearl finishes can emphasise dry, chapped cuticles, so the key is to keep your nail beds looking super-healthy,” says Emily.

“Cuticle oil is your BFF, and when it comes to application, more is more. I tell clients to keep a bottle by their bed, one on their desk at work, and one in their handbag and apply as many times as possible.”

Oil is not only great for dry or chapped skin around the bed, it’ll make your nails stronger, too.

WHAT WE USED:

  • CND SolarOil Cuticle Oil, £12.95
  • Mavala Nail Polish Blush Collection in Athens, £5.20

Spot on

The move away from full-on Monet designs to simple doodle-like drawings is set to continue as minimal nail art was seen all over S/S 18’s catwalks.

If hearts and line designs still feel a step too far for your wobbly hands then try simple multicoloured spots.

Emily says: “Using a dotting tool eliminates all the skill involved. Simply dab the rounded edge into the brush to pick up the polish and dot on to the nail.”

To really show off the design, keep the base colour neutral.

WHAT WE USED:

  • YSL La Laque Couture in 22 Beige, £20
  • Dior Vernis Lacquer in Dior Fever, £21
  • Orly Epix Flexible Colour in Put The Top Down, £15.90
  • Seventeen Gel Colour in Mint Bon Bon, £3.99
  • H&M Nail Polish in White, £3.99
  • Essential Nails Nail Dotting Tool, £2.50

Technicolor dreamboat

This season’s catwalks were awash with bold, punchy tips. So it’s time get colourful – why have one shade when you can wear five?

“Don’t get wrapped up in creating uniform stripes,” Emily advises.

“Go freehand and mix up the patterns.” Choose intense polishes that offer enough coverage in one coat to prevent the varnish looking too thick.

“It’s best to paint a stripe of each colour on all of the nails, allow to dry then paint the next shade, building up the pattern as you go. This will stop the colours bleeding.”

WHAT WE USED:

  • Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry, £2.99
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Baker Street, £15
  • Kiko Nail Lacquer in Yellow, £1
  • Essie Spring 2018 in At The Helm, £7.99
  • OPI Lisbon 2018 Nail Polish Collection in Closer Than You Might Belem, £12.95

All that glitters

Who says glitter is just for Christmas? The sparse splattering of shimmer, as seen at Anna Sui, proves that the festivities can continue all the way through the year.

But you do need to keep it light and use sparingly to avoid a Christmas cracker finish.

“Never apply glitter directly to the nail. Not only will it be harder to remove, but it can cause damage to the top layer. To be safe I always apply two layers of base coat,” says Emily.

“This will protect the nail from the flecks and make removing it so much easier.”

Still struggling to get rid of those pesky sparkles?

Switch your cotton wool for a pair of old tights and voilà! Easy removal in an instant.

WHAT WE USED:

  • Butter London Nail Foundation Priming Basecoat, £15
  • Rimmel London Glitter Top Coat in Bling On The Glitter, £3.99
  • Make-up: Aimee Adams
  • Manicure: Emily Nachshon using OPI Lisbon Collection
  • Model: Paige at Body London

Stockists: Barry M (Superdrug.com), Butter London (Lookfantastic.com), CND (Cultbeauty.co.uk), Dior (Debenhams.com), Essential Nails (Essentialnails.com), Essie (Superdrug.com), H&M (Hm.com), Kiko Cosmetics (Kikocosmetics.co.uk), Kure Bazaar (Lovelula.com), Jessica (Jessica-nails.co.uk), Mavala (Mavala.co.uk), Nails Inc (Nailsinc.com), OPI (Opiuk.com), Orly (Orlybeauty.co.uk), Rimmel London (Boots.com), Sally Hansen (Boots.com), Seventeen (Boots.com), The Edge Nails (Edgenails.co.uk), YSL (Houseoffraser.co.uk).

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