Nails

Nail these trending Pantone colours

Article by Simply You Living

Pantone's two colours of the year - Serenity and Rose Quatz

This year Pantone announced not one, but two colours of the year – Serenity (above left) and Rose Quartz. Here’s how to nail these trending hues.

Pick your shade:

While blue may not be your usual choice in nail colour, there is a shade to suit everyone, says Amber McIver, owner of Verdo Nails in Auckland. “Deep blues pop against light skintones, whereas pastel hues look great on medium to dark skin.” If you want to stick with pink, McIver recommends peachy tones for medium skins and bright, bold shades for darker skintones. Light skintones can pull off all shade variations.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Sky’s the Limit, $19. Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Water Baby, $19. Mecca Cosmetica Artistry Nail Polish in Phrynia, $26. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Hats Off to Hue, $17. Faby Nail Lacquer in The Dance of the Graces, $20. Essie Nail Colour in Aruba Blue, $23.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Sky’s the Limit, $19. Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Water Baby, $19. Mecca Cosmetica Artistry Nail Polish in Phrynia, $26. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Hats Off to Hue, $17. Faby Nail Lacquer in The Dance of the Graces, $20. Essie Nail Colour in Aruba Blue, $23.


 

Make it last:

The ultimate goal is polish that goes the distance. “Preparation is key to reducing lifting and chipping and to ensure a beautiful, smooth finish,” says Auckland-based nail expert Heather Vette. First, shape your nails with a file. Next, “Simply push back and carefully scrape away the cuticle, followed by lightly removing the shine from the nail with a buffer,” says Vette. Finally, remove excess oil and dirt by wiping nails with polish remover before you start to paint.

Essie Nail Colour in Fiji, $23. Faby Nail Lacquer in Fairy Dreams, $20. Natio Nail Colour in Petal, $14. Rimmel London Super Gel Polish in Perfect Posey, $13. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pink at Him, $17. Dior Vernis in 262 (from the Polka Dots Vernis Plumettis Duo), $58.

Essie Nail Colour in Fiji, $23. Faby Nail Lacquer in Fairy Dreams, $20. Natio Nail Colour in Petal, $14. Rimmel London Super Gel Polish in Perfect Posey, $13. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pink at Him, $17. Dior Vernis in 262 (from the Polka Dots Vernis Plumettis Duo), $58.

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