If OTT nail crystals are just never going to be your thing, no problem - says hipster Dior manicurist, Anatole Rainey. There’s a heap of other ways (including Jess’s stripy creations in the video above) to ramp up your nails without going overboard. The catwalks are full of classy alternatives this season – all of which are super easy to copy at home.
Follow Rainey’s top tips to help you master top tips.
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
‘Nail art has been around since the 30s. It’s anything that isn’t just plain polish, but it definitely doesn’t have to be complicated’, says Rainey. Not convinced? Make like the Dior AW15 show and simply paint your hands different colours. ‘We’re not talking clashing colours here – it was very subtle with, say, a burgundy on one hand and black on the other, but it just lends a different skew as it’s a bit unexpected.’
2. TRY A NEW TREND
‘The quickest way to add a bit of interest to your nails is to play around with textures and top coats. I always think that a matt top coat is great for adding a subtle twist, but if you’re feeling slightly more artistic, the “negative space” trend is still going strong. This season there’s more “negative” than colour, which is great for nail-art-phobes, as it means painting a simple stripe or symbol onto a bare or nude nail.’
3. GET THE RIGHT KIT
‘If you’re really into your nail art you’ll already have every tool going, but for novices a fine brush is all you’ll need. I like to keep things simple and graphic by painting a diagonal colour across a nude nail (a bit like a diagonal French manicure), and that way you can use a bit of tape to help you create the straight line. You just have to make sure your base colour is totally dry before applying it.
4. KEEP IT SITUATIONAL
‘You can make nail art work for any occasion. For a black-tie event, start off with a dark base colour and then use a sparkly polish over the top, gradually grading the sparkle towards the tip – a bit like glittery ombre. For Boardroom situations on the other hand, I’d stick to something nude, but I would add in a half moon or tip in a plain colour. You still want to be taken seriously.’
5. GET THE RIGHT LENGTH
‘Having a bit more length obviously gives you more spare to play with, especially if you’re attempting detailed designs, but those long stiletto shaped nails look a bit dated now, so I’d always go for short and neat. I’ve never been one for leaving a gap at the edges of the nails but you can use nail art to give the illusion of longer, slimmer nails. Like clothes, always go for vertical over horizontal stripes.’