CareBefore considering the season’s hottest hues, make sure your hands are in top condition. For a flawless result, Karon McKendrick-Taylor, O.P.I educator and stylist, says that as the temperature falls, so too does our skin’s moisture levels. She advises a more frequent application of hand cream and cuticle oil to help rehydrate your skin and to prevent your nails from peeling or splitting. “Your diet is also very important,” she notes, as your nails reflect your lifestyle choices, too. So, consider taking a calcium, zinc or silica supplement to support them.
ShapeIt’s also important that your nails are well groomed. Using a fine-grain emery board (metal options can be too harsh), gently file your nails by running the board across the top of them in the one direction. “While celebrities are wearing pointy, elongated nails, for many of us these statement shapes are impractical,” warns McKendrick-Taylor. Instead, she prefers a short, square-shape with slightly rounded edges for a polished and professional look that works from day to night.
Select“Choose a polish that complements your skin tone,” explains McKendrick-Taylor. To determine the best shade for you, she suggests examining your skin tone by looking at your wrist in natural light. If your veins look blue, you have a cool undertone – so you’ll need to look for warmer colours like berry or red. While if they appear green, deeper burgundies and purples will complement your colouring. And if you can’t determine your undertone (because it looks both blue and green), then you’re one of the lucky few who can wear most shades – so be daring and have fun with pop colours, matt finishes or velvety textures.
PaintFollow these five simple steps for an expert application every time:
● Using a cuticle stick, gently push back the skin around your nails.
● Brush on a base coat to avoid discolouration and to prolong your manicure.
● Starting at the centre and then filling in either side, paint each nail with three strokes from base to tip. Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.
● Correct any mistakes with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover, and finish with a layer of topcoat.
● Let your nails dry completely (this can take up to an hour), or to hurry up the process, add a few drops of a quick dry product to your nails.