I’ve always loved painting my nails and when the seasons change I love to get creative. Christmas is one of my favourite seasons to try out new nail art and festive colours, but summer is also a great time to get trying new colours and styles.
One of my favourite things to do is to use a different colour for every nail. I try to choose from a specific colour palette such as all pastels, neon, greens or blues etc. I love Essie and OPI nail polishes and having been using these for years. If I use a regular nail varnish I always use the Seche Vite top coat to seal the colour, make my polish last much longer and give my mani incredible shine and durability.
I also do my own shellac manicure from home with a simple UV/LED light that I purchased from Amazon a few years ago. I typically use Blue Sky gel polishes and have loved these for a really long time, however I recently got a few Beetles Gel Polish nail varnishes and I have to recommend them to you! I actually have two sets of these and the great thing about getting a set of colours is that these tie really nicely in with each other. As I mentioned before, I love to use a number of colours at a time, and having colours from the same brand that have the same finish and consistency, with colours that compliment each other is ideal. Using gel means that my manicure lasts far longer than normal polish for me and I also find it much quicker and easier curing than polish rather than sitting waiting for my nails to dry. The great thing about gels for summer is that you can paint your nails before your holiday and they will last the whole time.
Another great way to achieve a fun summer mani is to try press on nails. I think there’s a lot of stigma attached to press ons that they’ll look really fake, won’t fit your nails properly and will fling off constantly throughout the day. This definitely can happen and has happened to me a number of times, but to be honest, I’ve worn press on nails for up to two weeks without any issues at all. Rather than having issues with them falling off, I actually feel that the colour or nail art has faded and I take them off myself, rather than getting fed up with them coming off.
The key to great press ons is to take your time with the application. If you file or buff the top of your nail beforehand, use a good quality glue and take time choosing the size of the nails you’ll find they look great and last for ages. If you’re a very hands on person, or you’re typing all day everyday, filing or cutting super long false nails down is key to them lasting longer, however if you’re job isn’t too demanding on your hands or you’re happy to risk them catching or wearing away a little quicker, then super long nails can be really fun to wear!
This is where you can get real creative with your nail patterns, designs and colours because there really is no limits to what you can do with press ons. You can find so many amazing styles online and in stores like Boots and Superdrug, and you can even buy from nail professionals who can customise nail designs and sizes especially for you.
Whether you choose to paint your nails with a classic polish, give yourself an at home shellac, or use press ons, your nails will be looking amazing and ready for summer!