In my opinion an outfit is never complete unless you've done your nails. You could have the perfect 'up do' and be holding the most enviable piece of arm candy, but if your nails are a state then the illusion is ruined. I change my nail colour about three times a week, mostly going for bold colours and striking looks that still match the majority of outfits, but every so often I like to bring an extra something to the party... It's called my statement nail. Adorning every single nail with a complex design can be time consuming, laborious and too fussy; making a statement by using one nail on the hands to do all the talking can lift up a look and give the impression you're on-trend and effortless. My nail of choice is my ring finger on my left hand - it's easy to paint, it's the one that always gets seen and it's a finger I never wear a ring on. Perfect!
There are loads of simple things you can do to make a statement that take no time at all. You can paint it a complementary colour, leaving it plain and simple, use a glitter polish to bring a little 'wow' factor without too much bling, or you can create a little bit of nail art. My new favourite design to create is the 'crisscross' - you can create this cute effect using only three polishes and three steps. Firstly just paint all your nails with one statement colour. I've gone for a summery lemon, hoping it will encourage the sun to stay out as long as possible. Yellow is also girlie without being too Barbie, as well as being a shade that pretty much goes with everything. Once the main colour is dry to the touch, use another shade of a similar colour to draw a triangle from the lower third all the way up to the opposite side of the nail. Again, wait for this to dry to the touch (if you don't you'll end up with a gloopy mess) and then repeat with a contrasting colour on the other side.
Not only is the result a complementary coloured statement look, but the colours mixed together create a new shade in the middle of the nail which almost makes it look like tartan. You can do this with darker colours to create a different result, although make sure the shades are contrasting enough to make the design stand out, or even different combinations of light and dark. The whole process takes only a few minutes and it instantly upgrades your look. My other favourite thing to do is just to paint triangles on my nails using metallic or even textured polish - it's amazing to see the difference a little polish makes to the way you feel and how your outfit is brought together. A simple, yet effective upgrade!
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