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Keep your nails in check with these easy at-home looks

IT’S NEVER BEEN EASIER—OR A MORE APPROPRIATE TIME—TO CHANGE UP YOUR GO-TO NAIL COLOUR WITH ONE OF THESE LOOKS. TRY THESE AT HOME FOR (HOUSE)PARTY-READY CUTICLES IN RECORD TIME.

Did you know right now the hashtag #quarantinenails is trending on Insta with over 6,000 posts and counting? Just because you can’t pop into your local nail salon for a fresh set of SNS, doesn’t mean you can’t keep your cuticles in check like so many other people around the world right now. So, we’re proposing a DIY nail art look in the comfort of your own home (where else?). Give one of these on-trend colour combinations a go; we’re confident you’ll nail it.

Before you kick off your nail look, remove your old colour/SNS/Shellac using a nail file to buff off the top layer. Then pull apart a cotton round into small pieces and soak each piece in nail polish remover before placing it on each nail—try wrapping a small piece of foil over each nail as well. Let the nails soak for approximately ten minutes before using a cuticle pusher to ease the loosened product off the nail.

NEED THIS NEON

For this look, keep the base of the cuticle free of any polish for a modern twist and use a pointed liner brush to create the crescent shape. It's all about the contrast here, so try something fun like MECCA MAX's ‘Minted’ and ‘Code Blue’.

GO FOR GLITTER

Want a hint of glitter just because? This look uses glitter in a subtle way by only featuring a thin line down the centre of the nail. Start with the Essie shade ‘Sugar Daddy’ as the base and then, to achieve the precise stripe of glitter on the nail, use a wooden skewer or toothpick to pick up the individual flecks from the shade ‘A Cut Above’ and place them in a row.

RAINBOW TIPS

Not your average French manicure, this look is ideal when you can’t decide on just one shade for your tips. Start with ‘Ballet Slippers’ by Essie for the base colour and, to achieve the same colour combination as seen here, apply (starting from the thumb towards the pinkie finger) Jinsoon ‘Crush’, Essie ‘Really Red’, Essie ‘Watermelon', and ‘Aruba Blue’, or MECCA MAX ‘Code Blue’, ‘Minted’ and ‘Gobstopper’. Use a pointed liner brush to achieve a precise tip.

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POPSICLE-INSPIRED CUTICLES

Cast your mind back to warm summer days pre-social distancing with these ice-cream nails. All you need is a selection of poppy polishes and a sponge. Start with a lighter shade as the base, something like Essie’s ‘Sand Tropez’ works well. Up next, apply a very thin layer of each individual colour directly onto the sponge and gently tap the sponge on the nail, waiting for each layer to set before applying the next. For this look we layered on MECCA MAX ‘Gobstopper’, MECCA MAX ‘Minted’, Essie ‘Watermelon’ and Essie ‘Lilacism’.

TONAL PLAY

Tonal nails seem to always having a moment. This look is simple to replicate since most people have a collection of go-to nudes, and it allows you to apply your favourite edit of nude shades at the same time. Simply choose a selection of five colours, ranging from light to dark, and apply as desired. For this look we tapped (starting from the thumb towards the pinkie finger) Essie ‘Fiji’, Jinsoon ‘Moxie’, Essie 'Eternal Optimist', Essie ‘Lady Like’ and Jinsoon ‘Audacity’.

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