Don’t pack up those black and white polishes in favour of summery pastels just yet, because rumour has it the minimalist look is here to stay for a little longer.
Dark and pale contrasts in geometric patterns are both fun and sophisticated, and celebrities have been loving the look on Twitter (most recently singer Jessie Ware, who posted a photo of her nails painted with Art Deco style white triangles on a black background).
But don’t worry, you don’t have to be on a celebrity salary to rock monochrome nails – there’s something for every budget.
Strapped for cash…
For a salon-standard nail polish that doesn’t break the bank, try Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel. This formula is based on salon gel nails (a combination of resin and high molecular weight polymers) making it strong, chip-resistant and glossy. We love the wide-angled brush too, because it allows for smooth, streak free application.
There’s a number of monochrome shades to choose from, including:
- Stiletto – black with midnight blue undertones
- Jungle – black
- Stormy Night – dark grey
- Sequin – lighter grey
- Porcelain – creamy white.
Each Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel is £6.99.
The best mid-price nail range out there has to be Nails Inc., the London-based nail experts. Mad About Monochrome is a ready-made collection in four ultra chic shades, including:
- Black Taxi – as black and shiny as a London cab
- Colville Mews – a delicate beige
- The Thames – classic cool grey
- Maddox Street – gun metal grey.
Considering each polish alone would set you back £11, Nails Inc. Mad About Monochrome Collection is great value at just £25.
Looking for luxury
For women who don’t want to scrimp when it comes to nails, it has to be Dolce and Gabana. Intense Nail Lacquer from this iconic Italian fashion house come in tall, elegant bottles. On the nail it looks rich, shiny and strong. Try True White combined with Peacock, an almost black blue for a modern take on the monochrome trend.
Each bottle of Dolce and Gabana Intense Nail Lacquer costs £18.50.
If professional nail care is more your thing, head over to our Nails page for more information about what to expect and how to find a nail technician near you.