Nail the latest A-list look

Once-trashy manicure art is now the hottest A-list trend… We reveal how to nail the look



22:10 GMT, 16 July 2012

Not that long ago, assuming you weren’t a teenager, you were advised
to stay well away. But what was once oh-so-trashy has become seriously
on-trend. Yes, patterned nails are in.

While celebs like Beyonce and Lady Gaga led the way with
gem-encrusted tips, now everyone from Katy Perry to Rihanna and Alexa
Chung have been seen fancying up their fingers.

Actress Zooey Deschanel has hit the red carpet with mini tuxedos and
glittery bows, while Alexa Chung likes ladybirds and Myleene Klass has
had faces on her fingertips. Katy Perry has sported everything from
flowers to Oompa Loompas — and attended her film premiere with
movie-themed nails which included nail-sized popcorn and tiny

Ornate nail art

Ornate nail art: from trashy to trendy

But embellished nails aren’t just for the young or the bling-loving.
‘There’s a more sophisticated, grown-up way of wearing nail art if
you’re looking to experiment,’ says Samantha Sweet, co-founder of Sweet
Squared, which distributes the latest in nail must-haves.

Still scared Don’t be.

‘Nail technicians have better materials and training, meaning the
art they’re producing is much nicer than it used to be,’ explains

For example, MINX Nails (minxmy, which are, in
Samantha’s words, a ‘glorified nail sticker’, are applied in a salon
under heat to last up to two weeks — which means you can choose a design
you want rather than rely on a manicurist.

If you want to try a look at home, the internet is awash with ideas.
Topshop have a range of nail art pens, 6.50, in vivid and metallic
shades that are great for creating dots, stripes and intricate patterns.

For an almost-zero-skill-required kit, try a stamping set,
( — while is a one-stop shop for nail-art.

If you’re not convinced, then leave this one to the kids — though you might be missing out on the fun.