Beauty

Your 2021 nail looks, sorted

New year = new nails. And if you’re stuck for ideas for your next mani, look no further…
French tips with a twist
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French tips with a twist

The classic French manicure had a real boost in popularity in 2020, and this year it’s back, but with a colourful twist. Switch up the iconic white tip for whatever shade you fancy. We love the idea of an eye-nail co-ord, so why not look to do the same? Love this blue? Try My Mood Nail Polish in Peace.

Metallic power
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Metallic power

The genius thing about metallic – and glittery – polishes is that they don’t show the chips as much as matte or glossy colours. Plus, they go with everything, so a silvery gold polish – we like Essie Nail Polish in Roll With It – is a great beauty investment.

Mani with love
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Mani with love

We all need a little (or a lot of) love this year. So why not wear it for all to see on your nails? A white base will show off the letters to perfection – we rate Essie Nail Colour in Blanc – then choose whatever colour you like for your ‘love’ lettering. If you can’t trust your freehand skills, why not try false nails? Just paint them, leave to dry, then stick them on.

Go green
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Go green

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a block of colour all over your nails – so simple and chic. Green may not be a shade you’d naturally think of for nails, but one with a hint of shimmer or metallic really works and prevents the colour from looking flat. We love Essie Nail Colour in Go Overboard.

Purple reigns
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Purple reigns

Purple is one of those magical colours that works well against all skin tones in whatever vibrancy you choose. Want this pastel shade? Try Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Grape Soda. Looking for something a bit bolder? SensatioNail Gel Polish in Purple Orchid is what you need.

Just a touch of red
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Just a touch of red

These are so quick and easy to do, but they look as though it’s taken you ages to get them just perfect. Simply choose your favourite red polish – our is Boots Polished Nail Polish in 010 – and paint a stripe down the centre of the nail. Finish with one sweep of a high-shine top coat, such as EXCLUSIVE No7 Gel Finish Top Coat for extra gloss.