Beauty

Your 2020 spring nail inspiration sorted

Spending more time at home = a chance to perfect your DIY mani skills! We got model and skin activist Lou Northcote, who founded #freethepimple, to show off some of the hottest nail looks for spring
Negative space
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Negative space

Sometimes, the biggest impact for a mani is when there’s nothing there at all – welcome to the concept known as ‘negative space’. To copy Lou’s nail exactly, you can either paint the entire surface in a bright orange –  then use a cotton bud saturated in nail polish remover to wipe and create a gap. Or, if you have steady hands, paint the colour on, leaving a stripe down the middle. Then use a white polish, such as Essie Nail Colour in Blanc (12.3ml) to frame the space either side of the bare section of the nail – and you’re done.

 

Post-modern mani
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Post-modern mani

Even the unsteadiest of hands can manage this one. Apply a clear base coat, then take two colours from a similar colour palette and add a light splodge of one. Wait for it to dry and dab on a small splodge of the other, so they slightly overlap. For a similar effect to Lou’s, try No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Coral Crush (13.5ml) and No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Grapefruit (10ml).

Paint palette
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Paint palette

It’s time to channel your inner Picasso for this one. Begin by painting a soft pink on the nail. And then take the brightest colours you have and paint thin stripes from the tip down, at varying lengths. Precision not required!

Lucky stars
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Lucky stars

For this look, you’ll need either a very steady hand or a friend/flatmate/member of your family (delete as appropriate!) to become your personal nail technician. Begin with a neutral base – if you’re looking for something similar to Lou’s, try Essie Nail Colour in Ballet Slippers (13.5ml). For the stars, dig out your favourite metallic shades and get creative!