Your 5 Summer Nail Updates

Want to modernise your manicure? Here are five simple colour swaps for summer...

By Alice Manning

1

Swap your nude for a pastel pink

You can thank Kate Moss and her multiple Vogue covers for this one. “This pink is opaque and babydoll Sixties-esque,” says manicurist Michelle Humphrey. “The opaque texture can look streaky so apply two thin layers and add a third coat if necessary,” she explains.

Tip

These colours can make you look washed out so dust a light layer of Guerlain’s Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder over hands, knuckles and fingers. The subtle shimmer gives an instant golden glow.

Our favourite...

Jacava’s Pink Whisper Nail Polish - the perfect chalky pink and the high-glossy formula dries quickly.

2

Swap your exotic nail art for 'The Ring Finger' manicure

Say goodbye to motif designs, this season is all about the ‘ring finger manicure’. “Wearing a different colour on your fourth finger is fun, chic and definitely here to stay,” says Humphrey. Go for solid colours without any glitter or sparkle to keep it grown up.

Tip

“Play around with different shades and you can also introduce the chosen colour on your thumb too, if you really want to up your game,” says Humphrey.

Our favourite...

Dior’s Vernis Cherie Bow Nail Lacquer in Rosy Bow - Show your feminine side with this pretty pink polish.

3

Swap your bright for a neon

Colour is exploding and a polish that pops on your skin will compliment your tan and all-white summer wardrobe. “It’s all about loud, unexpected shades,” says Humphrey. “Nail polish comes off so easily so experiment with blues, lime greens and acid yellows.”

Tip

Bright tones suit short, oval nails as they have such an impact on their own. If you’re colour shy, apply to your toes until you feel fearless enough to wear on your fingers.

Our favourite...

Wear it with Nails inc in Ladbroke (Neon) - this high-energy hue is strangely wearable and looks great with a tan.

4

Swap your blood red for a navy blue

As sophisticated as this dark red may be, navy blue is the shade for summer. “It’s nice and nautical, universally flattering and a great option for those that want to wear darker colours in the summer,” explains Humphrey.

Tip

Team this deep blue hue with a nude pedicure - the chicest colour combo ever.

Our favourite... Jessica’s Nail Colour in Dark Side of the Moon - this deep indigo has skin-flattering shimmering tones.

5

Swap your coordinating nails for clashing

When it comes to your mani-pedi, it’s no longer cool going matchy-matchy. “Try purple on your fingers and orange on your toes, or blue on toes and yellow on fingers - there are no rules so get creative!”

Tip

“Avoid wearing metallic shades if you have ridges on your toes as the shimmer will highlight them - opt for flat colours instead.” Treat and prevent ridges with Nubar’s Ridge Filler .

Our favourite... Essie in Orange is Obvious - just one of a sweet-shop variety of shades.

What we’re wearing...

Newby Hands, Editorial Director - Guerlain Colour Lacquer in Lingerie

Alice Manning, Beauty Director - The New Black in Femme Fatale

Georgina Hardiman, Beauty Assistant - Essie’s Mint Candy Apple

Guerlain Colour Lacquer in Lingerie The New Black in Femme Fatale Essie’s Mint Candy Apple

PS! We want to know your most-loved summer nail shades so let us know below or Tweet us a picture @feelunique

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