On the nail front, the general consensus is that nude nails are in, and that includes the so-out-it’s-now-in French mani. I haven’t had a French manicure for years but I did go through a phase of having an American (the more subtle version) at Topshop every week. For doing it yourself though, it’s all a bit of a faff. The lazy-girl option could be Dior’s new, one-step clear Nail Glow. According to Vogue, it enhances white tips with one sweep of the brush.
For non-French nude nails, my go-to is from Chanel. I use Flamme Rose which is a barely-there ballet slippers pink (you can still find the odd bottle on eBay). Being so subtle, you really can’t go wrong with it and it’s a no-brainer choice for last minute meetings when I want to look a bit more polished. For Spring, Chanel has just released Emprise, which is a ‘rose beige’, a slightly stronger nude than I normally go for but still very pretty (Chanel always done wonderful nudey pinks). For toes, I prefer a deep true pink, so Chanel’s Fracas – described as ‘an extreme pink’ – will be my post-winter pedi polish.
I have to also give props to Revlon for its nail polishes. The rich consistency and klutz-friendly long brushes are the best on the market; I use the Extra Life top coat for a long-lasting, shiny finish. Due in March is Revlon’s take on the nude nail: Colorstay Longwear Mannequin Hands. These foundation-like colours are designed to complement your skin tone – I think they look best on short nails than long talons. There are eight shades from Porcelain to Mocha and Revlon promises a chip-free nail for up to 11 days. Not bad for an £8 polish.