Here at ELLE we're a little (okay, a lot) obsessed with nail art. One manicurist's blog - The Illustrated Nail - really caught our attention.
So we called on Sophie Harris-Greenslade, the nail expert behind the website, to create six step-by-step nail art looks that you can try at home.
ELLE's Top Tip: spend time creating the looks on false nails like these pictured, that way you can reuse them a couple of times. You can pick up nail glue at Boots.
Don't think you can master these designs? Book in with Sophie for a nail appointment at Stunt Dolly, 582 Kingsland Road, London E8. Enq: 0207 018 2191
Paint your with two coats of a dark red like Nails Inc in Victoria, £11.
Take a white nail art pen and draw the line of a semi circle coming from the corner of the nail. Leave a small gap and outline the semi circle and draw on smaller half circles on top of this line.
Outline the half circles with one continuous line making sure you leave a small gap in between. Then add triangular shapes coming from this outline to create a lace effect.
You can add small circles on top of the triangles and dashes either side to make the design look more lace like. Wait until the design is completely dry before adding a topcoat.
This design is a little trickier so here are a few tips to get it right:
Don't squeeze the nail art pen too hard, you want to get an even thin line.
Always squeeze a little of the polish out on to tissue before starting to get rid of any blockages or air