If nail art’s still a thing, then it’s a much smaller thing than it was and simplicity is ruling again in nails.
Oh, sure, there’ll always be bonkers-amazing stuff happening in talons, and yay for that, but for those of us with less time on our hands (pun absolutely intended) or without the inclination to learn how to do truly fab nail designs, you’ll be glad to know that the SS14 catwalks saw a return to an altogether simpler style.
So if it’s block shades you want, or just a nod to nail art in the form of dots and easy stripes, then you’re in luck. We’ve got eight looks we particularly like for you to try. Willya? Let us know!
Some white polish (we're liking Essie's Blanc), NYC's Show Time Nail Art in black (which comes with a handy striper brush) and the head of a bobby pin are really all you need to go dotty for Charlotte Ronson's SS14 nails.
Could Fausto Puglisi's lilac lovelies be easier? Nope: get the look with Revlon's nail polish in Enchanting.
There are two ways to work Kate Spade's summer talons. Once you've gotten that essential basecoat of Deborah Lippmann's Fairy Dust on, top it with tips in a softly reflective pewter, like Sally Hansen's Shoot The Moon. Then? Just paint a stripe of bright yellow or fuchsia, and you're all done. Sorted.
You've got a couple of options with Lela Rose's SS14 talons too: work the shade all over or in a reverse half-moon mani.You'll need a soft blue hue, like Rimmel's Aqua Cool, and crucially, a matte-finish topper to get that reduced shine finish. Essence Matt Topcoat is ideal.
Always fun, Manish Arora's beauty is one to watch. Get the brand's SS14 look with Revlon's One True Coral and Butter London's Cotton Buds, applied in a short stripe from the nail bed about two thirds of the way up.
Paint on a base of Revlon's Ballet Slippers before applying Opi's Atomic Orange with a nail striper, to create the sunburst pattern on Mara Hoffman's summer nails.
So easy but so pretty, eh? Prabal Gurung's metallic mani's a cinch when you use Essie's Copper Penny.
Nails at Ruffian are always worth looking at and these are definitely ones to copy. Go all over with Barry M's Vivid Purple, before doing deep moons with Estee Lauder's Bare.