The biggest nail trends of the year ahead
A good manicure make us feel put-together on the drabbest of days. Here, Stylist’s beauty team
share the looks that will be keeping their fingertips on point in 2020
The nail art
Graphic manicures aren’t going anywhere in 2020. And now we’ve mastered gradient nails and modern French tips, we’re trying a new twist on the negative space trend: the half and half manicure, as seen in this snap by nail artist Betina Goldstein.
“Keeping half the nail bare (or painting it a your-nails-but-better shade) and half painted is the best way to embrace bolder styles without fully committing,” says Stylist’s beauty editor Lucy. “Mix things up with clashing patterns or inverted colours – the options are endless.”
Let’s be honest: pastel green probably isn’t your go-to winter nail colour. Which is precisely what makes it so on-the-money when everyone else is repping a darker palette.
“Ever since seeing it on make-up artist Harriet Hadfield, I’ve been desperate to try a pale pistachio green on my nails,” says Stylist’s beauty director Shannon. “She used OPI’s This Isn’t Greenland (£10.08, Nail Polish Direct) which is a really chic and creamy green, but J Hannah’s Eames (£20, La Gent) is equally as dreamy – a little bit khaki, a little bit beige. I love it.”
On the hunt for a new go-to nail bar? Ama, the Brixton-based natural salon founded by old friends Ama Quashie and Latoyah Lovatt, uses chic eco-friendly polishes and products.
New Church House in Manchester, meanwhile, is a historic building that’s been transformed into a super stylish salon (get your nails done whilst sipping on a bespoke cocktail). And if you’re all about the latest trends, Glasgow’s Naf! Salon – which plays plenty of old school classics – is the ultimate place to get creative.
Diehard gel manicure fans know that peeling your polish is an absolute no-no. But when your nails are looking scruffy between salon visits, Elegant Touch’s nifty Professional Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner (£9.50, Lookfantastic) is a lifesaver.
“After filing the top of my nails (to break the seal) and soaking them in acetone, I use the rounded edge to lift the polish off, while the pointed end is good for any stubborn parts,” says Lucy. “Works like a charm.”
This year, vegan and cruelty-free nail brands will be more popular than ever. J Hannah’s aforementioned range of non-toxic polishes is billed as perfect for the “colour averse”: created by LA-based jeweller Jess Hannah, the understated shades radiate cool, offbeat glamour (think rust, marzipan and navy).
If a bright, shiny finish is more your thing, check out the art school-inspired Floss Gloss, who create playful, professional-grade lacquers in every colour of the rainbow. Goodbye, chipped nails; hello, 2020.
In which Stylist
’s beauty director Shannon
is converted to the power of a Colman’s-coloured lid
I didn’t think my 2020 beauty aesthetic would involve mustard eye shadow. But here I am, doused in the stuff – and it’s all thanks to Fenty Beauty’s brilliant new Snap Shadows. Each of the eight palettes contain a concise edit of six shades, spanning the useful to the unusual. Place two palettes back to back, and they click together for easy transportation.
My favourite colourway, Cadet, features the dreamiest chestnut brown (perfect for wearing alone as a soft wash of colour) and a modern, wearable khaki that’s a great liner alternative if you use a wet angled brush. But the most surprising hit? A hot-dog-mustard yellow I can’t/won’t stop wearing. £21 each, Harvey Nichols
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