Nail that look!
Keep your well-groomed fingers on the pulse of nail trends with our grown-up guide from Beauty Editor Justine Brennan
Your ultimate mini-mani kit
Invest in a few quality bits and pieces to keep your hands, nails and cuticles in tip top condition
Ted Baker Nail Files, £5 for three – the prettiest way to file your nails!
Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover, £6.95. Essential for tackling overgrown cuticles. There’s also the Sally Hansen Strengthener Base Coat and Top Coat, £10.95, will give you stronger longer nails in just five days – wow!
Clarins Hand and Nail Cream 100ml, £19. We love this multi-tasking cream that protects your hands while strengthening nails and conditioning cuticles.
The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil, £7, for winter months and brittle nails that need extra TLC.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, £11.95 at timetospa.co.uk – without a doubt the best fast drying top coat out there.
New nail trend
Thank goodness the nail art trend is drawing to a close – the new nail effects are more subtle than previously and can look seriously sophisticated…
Magnetic polishes So clever and easy to do at home. Simply apply one coat and then hover the special magnet over the top of wet polish and watch the pattern emerge. Try Barry M Magnetic nail polish (right), £4.99 at Boots.
Ombre effect We told you about the ombre hair trend and now it’s translated to nails too – the fading of one colour into another, and if it’s tonal it can look ever so pretty.
Polka dots Keep them soft and muted, such as natural white on pale pink, and it’ll look fashionably fresh.
Crackle glaze Finishes that give a mock croc effect are great for holiday toes. Try Andrea Fulerton Mock Croc (right), £7.99 at Superdrug.
Salon Gel nails at home
Gel nails are a fantastic way to keep your hands looking manicure perfect for two to three weeks at a time, but they come at a price. If you love the look but wince at the cost, then invest in a Sensationail starter kit. A little time and self-pampering with this easy-to-use LED lamp kit will give you a high gloss, damage-proof manicure that looks as if you’ve just stepped out of the salon! From £60 available from Asda, Tesco and Boots, currently available in four colours with 12 polish shades to choose from too.