Obviously, the ’90s are back in a big way. From Friends re-runs and Netflix reintroducing us to Cruel Intentions, to brown lipstick (see Rimmel London’s Coffee Shimmer), The Matrix-esque sunglasses and bum bags. When it comes to nails, this means the French manicure has experienced a long-overdue revival, but its latest guise is nothing like the almost brash, elongated square nails of old.
The show’s effusive personality could be felt in the bold and playful make-up looks at the spring/summer 2020 shows, but it was on nails that we really saw cause and effect. This translates as rhinestones, bright colours, glitter and nail art. At Roland Mouret, world renowned nail artist Marian Newman recreated the marble pattern of the collection’s oversized jewellery on nails; while at Julien Macdonald she engineered a reflective, metallic effect. At House of Holland, nail artist Jenni Draper mirrored the glitter eye make-up in the show with a full sparkling glaze across nails, using OPI polish. And, to see out New York Fashion Week in a frenzy of elaborate design, manicurist Mei Kawajiri used rhinestones and painted hearts, butterflies and tartan motifs on nails.
As long as there is a desire for ‘no make-up make-up’, there will also be demand for shiny, healthy, happy nails. The look created by nail artist Rita Remark at Kate Spade spring/summer 2020 is what every woman turns to when she wants to feel put together. Nails were kept short and rounded, with just a touch of the white of the nail showing, and nothing but a coat of Essie’s legendary Mademoiselle polish, base and topcoat. Mademoiselle has been a fashion week staple for years and it’s still the most flattering neutral on any skin tone. Remark created a similarly uncomplicated feel – albeit on a longer, more retro nail shape – at Veronica Beard, where she used a combination of pinky toned nudes. Simone Rocha’s impossibly elegant, almost-nude nails tick all of our boxes – created by London-based session manicurist Ama Quashie, nails were kept short, painted with Kure Bazaar nail polish in French Rose, and adorned with a simple tiny pearl. That pearl takes groomed nails to a whole new level.
“I think there is beauty and an opportunity for a chic design with every nail length,” says Miss Pop. “But, personally I prefer an oval that stretches beyond the fingertip. I find this shape to be the best at elongating the fingers.” Long nails won’t limit your nail colour or design choices; the bright tips at Oscar de la Renta, psychedelic patterns at Jeremy Scott and transparent lengths at Halpern prove that. The easiest way to achieve longer nails without resorting to extensions is to have regular gel manicures, as the gel hardens your natural nail, making it less likely to break and split.”
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