By Emma Hoareau
Nail art has been big news for seasons now, but the catwalks for spring/summer 2013 there was an explosion of intricate designs (not all suitable for DIY). But, the bright yellow tips at Jenni Kayne, the diagnail (yes, thats a thing) - red, bias-cut, tips at Roland Mouret, and the new take on the French Manicure in monochrome at Marchesa, are all pretty do-able.
Rather than trialling the bright tips on a bare nail as seen at Naeem Kahn, I chose to paint on a base colour of white to really make my colourful tips really pop. I like the outcome, although taking inspiration from more than one show did make for somewhat of a Mondrian-esque feel, but I think it works. I had compliments from several colleagues, one telling me, I never thought white would look good because it makes me think of tip-ex, but I love those!
The opaque white is quite tricky to apply, any mistakes show up very easily, but I took care of them afterwards with a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover. Plus, I have extremely small hands and therefore teeny nails which means doing the Marchesa inspired black triangles (above) was quite tricky space wise- maybe Ill save that just for my thumb next time.
I used the new Revlon Nail Art dual-ended polishes, £7.99 each, which have one normal sized brush and a thinner striping brush for nail art. A steady hand is key to this look, but I have to say the striping brush made drawing straight lines really quite easy. My favourite combination is the white and yellow which Ill be applying to every nail next time its the perfect colour combination for summer.