Yes, we know it is still January and that we are still in the depths of winter, but in the eyes of the fashion and beauty world, we are hurtling towards spring. One of our favourite trends picked up from the spring/summer 14 shows was the nude mani.
Last year summer was all about bold and cheery colours, graphic nail art and crazy colour combinations. This year however, nails have taken on a more classic appearance. Manicures were short, chic and nude – following on from winter’s love affair with all things taupe.
The favoured colour on the catwalks was a sheer pink, reflecting the look of a healthy nail bed. Classic French manicures with whitened tips were also a big hit, so reacquaint yourself with this technique asap.
While some fashion houses opted for glossy nails, others kept the look stripped back with a matte finish. We think having a matte nail adds another depth to a nude manicure and keeps things minimal and sophisticated – so give it a go before you label yourself a gloss-a-holic.
Products to pick-up
- Essie’s Matte About You Finisher will give any varnish a matte finish – use instead of a top coat.
- Mac’s nail lacquer in Faint of Heart is a frosted shade of cream that has a sheer finish, perfect on its own or layered over taupes.
- Leighton Denny’s nail white pencil will brighten the tips of your nails for a natural looking French manicure.
- Nails inc. Elizabeth Street Polish is a delicate nude colour that suits all skin types
- Barry M’s nail paint in nude is affordable, sheer and works well as a base coat for the ultimate naked nail.
If you fancy treating yourself to a professional manicure, take a look at our manicure page to find a therapist near you.