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.
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).
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!
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!