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That is why they are classics
Sure, nail art is super fun and the different looks being offered at London’s best nail salons go way beyond the days of novelty cartoon drawings on index fingers. As a beauty editor, I like a simple and solid-colored manicure.
Of course, there is a time and a place for being more playful – I always go for something a little more adventurous and cute for my Valentine’s Day nails – but for my everyday look I’m not interested in having fun nails, I want to look smart, sophisticated and expensive.
Perhaps it’s my age? I’m well and truly into my mid-thirties now and want to look the part. And I do this with the help of some of the beauty industry’s chicest nail shades. These five shades are what I use to enhance my daily appearance.
1. A sheer nude
Christian Louboutin’s Beauty Color in Iriclare £45 | Cult Beauty
When I want my nails natural looking but not too polished, I use super pale nail varnish. It’s similar to the best CC Cream, as it covers any areas of discolouration and creates a perfect base. Whilst dreadfully tricky to cart around in your make-up bag – that spike could cause some serious damage – Christian Louboutin’s nail lacquers are really brilliant. This nail polish is extremely durable and has beautiful colour payoff.
2. A dark burgundy
Max Factor MasterpieceXpress 60s Gel Nail Polish in Mellow Merlot £5.99 | Boots
My favorite thing is a glass of red wine. I can’t even tell you how many I love. There’s just something about the colour. Red is my favorite colour. These colors translate well to the nails. Perhaps it’s the French vibe? It looks elegant to have a dark-red nail. The nail is best used during autumn and winter. I will be found in cozy pubs with a glass or red wine.
3. A greige
Nailberry L’Oxygéné Breathable Nail Polish in Cocoa Cabana, £15
I’m new to this shade. Anything that falls under this umbrella I avoid. ‘brown’ category. On nails, a mix of grey and beige is great. Nailberry’s Cocoa Cabana is the equivalent of a cashmere jumper on the nails. An ideal weekend colour.
4. A pillar box red
Rimmel Super Gel Colour in Flamenco Beach, £6.26 | Amazon
I couldn’t compile a list of my favourite nail polish shades and not include a primary red. It’s the classic colour that works really well all year round. A pillarbox is my preferred shade when I’m unable to pick a colour at the salon. Rimmel’s Super Gel is the closest I’ve come to finding an at-home manicure that can rival my beloved in-salon gels. To cure the manicure, make sure you apply the topcoat.
5. A pale pink
Essie Nail Lacquer in Mademoiselle, £7.99 | Lookfantastic
People will all tell you Ballet Slippers by Essie is perfect for pale pink. They are wrong. Mademoiselle actually is the perfect pink shade. It’s called Mademoiselle. ‘grown-up pink’ and I couldn’t agree more. It’s not the childish hues of your early years – this isn’t baby pink. The nail’s shine makes it more expensive and the colour is a perfected version.