Nail edit

Spring fashion brings a whole new collection of colour and nails are no exception. Sarah Simpson shares the hottest shades for the warmer months ahead.

Slim hands with cloudy blue coloured nails holding each other and dainty silver rings on the fingers 

NUDES

Nude is universally one of the most flattering and easy-to-wear shades. Whether you opt for one that is creamy white or has just a touch of pale pink, they are easy to wear, disguise imperfections not to mention working well with anything in your wardrobe.

Essie Nail Colour in Vanity Fairest, $23. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Beginner's Luck, $22. OPI Nail Enamel in Bubble Bath, $20. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Little Peony, $18.

PINKS

With many of us still choosing a dark palette of colour in our wardrobe, pink polish adds instant colour to your look. From baby pink or a bright fuchsia, you're spoilt for choice this spring with this pretty, feminine shade.

OPI Brights Nail lacquer in Hotter Thank You Pink, $20. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Shock Wave, $18. Essie Nail Colour in Muchi Muchi, $22. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Vegas, Baby, $19.

GREYS/BLUES

For those who like a moodier tone, greys and blues reign supreme. Seek out tones of dove grey and dusky blue to give a nod to a less conventional look yet still sits in the pale pallette.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Huile Nail Colour in Blanc Transparent, $12. OPI Nail Lacquer in I Am What I Amethyst, $20. Essie Nail Enamel in Cocktail Bling, $23. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in To the Chapel, $19.

ORANGES/REDS

These sunset shades are not only vibrant and fun, but they look sensational teamed with a faux glow over summer. From tangerine and scarlet red, always remember a base coat to avoid the bold colours staining nails.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Huile Nail Colour in Orange Triomphe, $12. Maybelline Maybelline Superstay 7 Day Nails in Deep Red, $18. OPI Nail Lacquer Freedom Of Peach, $20. Essie Nail Colour in Apertif, $23. 


Follow these steps to ace your nail polish application.

Prep
It’s all about prep with your nails. Remove all natural oil from the surface of the nail by using a good quality nail polish remover - oil and polish don’t mix.

Filing
It doesn’t matter which direction, just make sure you’re filing each nail either to the right or the left, never back and forth. The reason for this is that changing the direction weakens the nail, making it more prone to breakage and peeling.

Don’t Soak
While salons like to do this, it’s actually not advisable to soak nails in water. It can, in fact, cause delicate nails to retain water and once your nails are painted, your skin will shrink back to size compromising the nail colour.

Paint Right
Always use a base coat to prep the base of your nail while also avoiding any staining with darker shades. With colour, only apply two thin coats, not forgetting to paint the free edge to seal the polish. Finish with a topcoat and don’t be afraid to top up this coat every other day to keep the colour shiny and looking-fresh.

All polishes are available from Life Pharmacy.