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Did you know the most popular ‘nail art’ board on Pinterest has 175,113 pins and 147,873 followers? People really love nail art. With the holiday (read: party) season on the horizon it can be increasingly challenging to find the time for a nail salon appointment—so, we’re proposing DIY looks to create in the comfort of your own home. Give one of these on-trend colour combinations a go. We’re confident you’ll nail it.
This look is zestier than a lime-filled caipiroska on a hot summer’s day. Keep the base of the cuticle free of any polish for a modern twist—allowing the splashy colour to really sing—and use a pointed liner brush to create the crescent shape. Try applying MECCA MAX ‘Hi Vis’ for this look. For alternative neon shades you could also try ‘Beauty Queen’ and ‘Code Blue’.
Seeking a hint of glitter for your next party? This look uses shimmer in a subtle way by only featuring a thin line down the centre of the nail. Start with the Essie shade ‘Mademoiselle’ 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.
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 ‘Bikini So Teeny’, Essie ‘Naughty Nautical', MECCA MAX ‘Hot Mess’ and MECCA MAX ‘Hi Vis’. Use a pointed liner brush to achieve a precise tip.
Keep cool with icy pop nails that won’t melt in the heat. 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 nails are 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 simultaneously. Just 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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