NAILS: PERFECT TALONS

Spring has officially sprung! Lacquer up with this season’s prettiest nail colours and trends…

With the arrival of a new season your manis and pedis should be suiting up accordingly. It’s now time to swap your deep winter lacquers for bolder colour palettes in fun new finishes and textures. From holographic shimmers and opaque glitters to bright pastels and simple nail art, making a switch from snow boots to open-toe sandals can’t come quick enough.

FLAWLESS NAILS IN 3 EASY STEPS:
Is your pedi always messy? Do French tips exceed your expertise? Or does nail art just seem too hard? We’ve enlisted nail expert Amber McIver, owner of Verdo Nails in Auckland, to point us in the right direction when it comes to mastering the basics.

YOU WANT:

…TO PAINT YOUR TOE-NAILS – MESS FREE

STEP 1: To prep your nails file them to the desired shape and gently push back your cuticles – the best time to do this is straight out of the bath or shower. If you have a light buffer, gently buff your nails to remove any left over cuticle and prepare it for polish. Before you paint, re-clean your nail with either nail polish remover or Isopropyl alcohol to eliminate any excess oil or dirt so your polish can adhere better and last longer.

STEP 2: For painting feet, I will often do this standing with my foot on a raised surface like a coffee table, but find out what works for you. I tend to rest my heads on my feet to keep them steady while I paint.

STEP 3: Apply your base coat first! This helps protect your natural nail and creates a surface for the colour to adhere to. Make sure you have enough polish on your brush not to disturb the layer below, but not too much that you have excess leaking into your cuticle.

TOP TIP:Use a toothpick to clean up the edges of your nails,’ says Amber.


… TO PERFECT YOUR FRENCH MANICURE

STEP 1: After you have prepped your nails, apply your white tips first. But make sure the polish isn’t gloopy as this can leave an uneven finish and take longer to dry. Pick a pink hue that is fairly translucent; if it’s too ‘milky’ then you will lose the crispness of the white.

STEP 2: In the salon we use a small nail brush to apply the white tips. Most people wouldn’t be able to clean up the smile line that quickly, so for doing this at home I recommend using the stickers that come with the French polish packs so your tips are neat.

STEP 3: Leave the white to dry for at least 10 minutes. By doing this you won’t get streaks of white coming through the pink. Then leave for another 10 minutes before applying your top coat. Trust me, good nails take time!

 *Ambers best colour combo for classic French tips:

CND Vinalux Polishes in White and Negligee, $19.95 each

TOP TIP: If you do want to use a brush for your French tips, a thin eyeliner brush is a perfect size that will help with your precision.


… TO DO SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE NAIL ART

STEP 1: Cleaning your nails properly will remove any bumps on your nail plate leaving it in the best condition for your application.
TRY: Guerlain Nailift Le Base, $40

STEP 2: My favourite nail art is anything with glitter! This is a simple and effective way to change your look from classic to sparkly and glam. Straight after you’ve applied your final colour coat, press loose glitter gently into the polish with a brush. I would recommend doing one nail at a time, as you want the glitter flecks to adhere to the wet polish evenly.

STEP 3: Remember to apply your glossy top cost for an extra shiny pay off.
TRY: Maybelline New York Dr. Rescue Color Protect Top Coat, $8.49

 

 

 

 

3 EMERGENCY HOW-TOS
Don’t let a nail nightmare ruin your next night out. Here, Amber shares her expert tips on how to fix up a chip, smudge or split.

  1. HOW TO COVER UP A WET SMUDGE?

Often to fix a wet smudge, you could reapply another layer of topcoat – if the polish isn’t too dry then this will help flatten it out again. If you have taken a gauge out of the polish you could try and gently pat it down first.

  1. HOW TO MEND CHIPPED POLISH?

Often reapplying the original colour to the chip only and adding another topcoat is a great way for a quick touch-up. If you reapply the colour to the entire nail it could make the chip more prominent.

  1. HOW TO DEAL WITH A SPLIT NAIL?

With a split you can do one of two things, file it shorter to disguise, or apply a drop of nail glue on the split and push it back together then reapply your colour. Be mindful that this will only hold it for a few days, so keep topping it up until you can file the nail shorter.

 

WORDS: Elise Wilson
PRODUCT IMAGES: Supplied
MODEL SHOTS: Essie Nails NYFW 15
ARTICLE: As seen in M2 Woman Magazine – Sept/Oct issue.

 

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