Celebrity nail stylist Leah Light reveals what’s hot and what’s not with manicures right now.
NUTS ABOUT IT
“Long, almond-shaped nails are making a comeback. Expect to see more people wearing them in deep, rich colours – perfect for these colder months.”
DON'T BE SQUARE
“Long, square-shaped nails have been out for a while – and I say good riddance!”
HERE TO STAY
“Nail art is the easiest and most cost-effective way for women to show their style or personality. I can’t see it going anywhere any time soon. Metallics will stay strong throughout the cooler months, and so will rich, dark colours with a shimmer.”
“Keep your options open and periodically try new colours. If you want to have more fun with your nails, there are some easy ways to experiment. Try a feature nail in a different colour or some simple polka dots. On my Facebook page, there are loads of easy looks you can copy and try out.”
WALL TO WALL
“I’m inspired by wallpaper patterns, as I’m in the process of opening my first salon and have been looking at so many.”
Women want polish that’s easy to apply, fast to dry and long-lasting. CND’s latest breakthrough, Vinylux, ticks all the boxes. This new nail colour goes on in two steps – a polish and top coat – and is tough enough to last all week without chipping. There are 62 high-shine shades in a mix of bolds and neutrals. You can have it applied in a salon or do it yourself at home, as all it needs is natural light to toughen it up. Best of all, it only takes eight-and-a-half minutes to dry completely and can be wiped off easily with an acetone remover. I’ve trialled this and can assure you, it delivers on its promises. CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Grape Gum and Weekly Top Coat $19.95 each (1)
Cheer up dreary days with a shocking pop of colour. The white base coat goes on first. Revlon Nail Art Neon $17.50 each (3)
Shimmery metallics are always a great look during winter. Mavala in Shimmer Violet $9.99 (2), YSL in Bronze Pyrite $47 (4), Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Nail Colour in Lava $12.99 (5), OPI Nail Lacquer in Moonraker $24.90 (6)
Art made easy
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips $19.99 (7) are stick-on strips of nail polish that last up to 10 days. Peel, press, file and away you go. They can be cleaned off with polish remover. Or try Sally Hansen French Mani Strips (7) for a look that’s more subtle, but still lots of fun.