Create a splash: nailing the party season

Looking for festive season nails? Holly Margerrison's got the answers...

Holly Margerrison
10th December 2018

‘Tis the season of pulling crackers with loved ones, drenching home-cooked roasts in gravy and clinking many a flute of prosecco to a tremendous 2018. Party season is finally upon us and with it comes the desire to capture it all on camera.

But is there anything more annoying than your chipped, dull nails ruining your glam boomerang of a group toast? No need to break a sweat – or even a nail – as we’ve got you covered with the season’s spiciest nail colours that are sure to be the talk of the toon.

Of course, the festive season is the perfect opportunity to experiment with glitter and all things glam. CND Shellac have a whole host of varnishes – my favourite, festive colour being Garnet Glamour. Whilst the glitter may be garish at any other point in the year, the plummy undertones strike the balance between bauble brilliance and sophistication. They’ve also brought out a Holiday collection called Wonderball – featuring eight intense colours with lasting shine. I’d never considered wearing navy on my nails – but ‘Stylish Sapphire’ and ‘Denim Date’ offer a chic, clean nail.

[pullquote]One of the best moves I’ve made as a student was investing in my own shellac machine for about £16 on Amazon.[/pullquote]One of the best moves I’ve made as a student was investing in my own shellac machine for about £16 on Amazon. Along with a top coat and base coat, the world becomes your oyster with the range of colours and finishes available to buy online. Forget spending £20 upwards on a manicure every couple of weeks. Instead, get Bublé blasting on the speakers, put the mince pies in the oven and invite your friends round for a merry pamper night.

Whilst neutrals are a safe bet throughout the year, a lack of tan can sometimes cause them to wash out pale skin. Deep, plummy colours have often been synonymous with a gothic or emo vibe – probably true if they’re unkempt. But, with a high shine they radiate elegance against a burgundy dress or a glittery clutch. ‘Dark Dahlia’ by CND Shellac gives this very sheen, or if you’re wanting a black normal polish then No. 7’s ‘Black Patent’ emanates a dramatic look at £6.99.

NailsInc’s varnishes may be a little more expensive than your Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine polishes, but they are generally of high quality and tend not to chip. Their duo set ‘Less Bitter More Glitter’ is available for £15 and includes one pearl ruby with a micro glitter pigment and more intense glitter with a bright crimson base. And, if you’re in the mood for a pamper, NailsInc have a nail bar in Fenwicks. Their Instagram stories tell us that ‘Get The Party Started’ has been a popular staple for this season so far.

So - due to the vast range of colours, brands and finishes available for every budget - you have no excuse for chipped nail varnish this festive season.

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