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How to nail it: What your nails are saying about you

Aisling Keenan reveals what your nails are saying about you

Aisling Keenan

Published 20/11/2010 | 05:00

Chanel Le Vernis in 'Particuliere', €21 from Chanel at Brown Thomas or Debenhams
Chanel Le Vernis in 'Particuliere', €21 from Chanel at Brown Thomas or Debenhams

Be careful how you wear your nails: you could be telling potential dates that you're a high-maintenance horror. Or, are you showing prospective employers that your attention to detail is non-existent?

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Good nail etiquette should always be observed. First, find your nail personality.



  • Short but well-kept nails, clear polish: practical, but polished, likes to keep things simple.
  • Acrylics or gel nails, French polish: too busy to grow her own, but still a glamour worshipper.
  • Well kept, mid-length in the hot new shade: in control of her 'look' and wants YOU to know it.
  • Chipped polish, the hot new shade: wants everyone to know she's on trend, but like she just doesn't care.

Whatever your nail grooming style, you'll definitely be able to work winter's most-wanted shade. The colour is difficult to define. Is it mink? Is it coffee? Is it chocolate? It's been on the nails of every celeb from here to Hollywood, and it's the perfect accoutrement to your winter wardrobe.

Here's where to get it...

Barry M Nail Polish in ‘Mushroom’, €4.50 or two for ¤8 from all Boots stores A little darker than any mushroom I’ve ever eaten, but a gorgeous, rich shade. Best feature? It won’t chip for four days. Unless you work on a building site. Great price, too, for anyone on a budget.

Chanel Le Vernis in ‘Particulière’, €21 from Chanel at Brown Thomas or Debenhams The only nail polish I’ve ever tried to buy that had a waiting list. Its popularity among celebs gave it the instant ‘musthave’ factor. This one beats all competitors when it comes to shine, giving nails a glossy, finished look that lasts.

Rimmel Lycra PRO in ‘Beige Babe’, €5.55 from all Boots stores and selected pharmacies The colour on this one is a little more muted than the others, but Rimmel chalks up the points when it comes to the applicator. Not a professionally trained manicurist? Don’t worry. The shape of this brush makes doing your nails quick and easy. One sweep and you’re good to go.

Tips for application

When applying polish, don’t cover your entire nail. Leave a very thin strip polish-free on each side of your nail. Not too noticeable, but it gives your nails (and fingers) the illusion of length.

Apply polish in as few strokes as possible. The more times to pull the brush across your nail, the more bumps and uneven bits you’ll get.

Always apply a clear basecoat to nails before adding your coloured polish. This will prevent your nails from staining and turning yellow. It also makes removing your top coat much easier.

For any former (or current, I’m not here to judge) nail biters, to give your nails the start they need, try Sally Hansen’s Miracle Cure, €10.75 from Boots. It really does work miracles.

Irish Independent

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