London - What do your nails look like today? Are they neat and tidy with a simple clear polish? Or perhaps you’ve got a vampy red to brighten up your outfit?
Well, darling, you are so last season.
Nowadays, if your nails aren’t decorated with glitter, jewels or matching your polka-dot outfit, you are nobody.
When Adele appeared at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, she wore a simple dress but a ‘Louboutin manicure’ — which was silver and glittery on top, and ‘peekaboo’ red underneath, designed to match her red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes.
Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are all fans of making their nails as inventive as their outfits and now, according to market research by Mintel, sales are predicted to rise by 35 percent by 2015.
The popularity of Topshop’s nail art pens, gems and polishes have also gone up 65 percent since last year. And on the catwalk, designers are paying for attention to nails, too.
“When I started, it was rare that a nail artist got booked for a fashion show. Now, they’re as high-profile as some top hair and make-up artists,” says Andrea Fulerton, who does Nigella Lawson’s manicures.
So, what’s hot now? Max Factor’s nail expert Zarra Celik says florals are big news. “Pastel polish painted with dainty flowers is summery yet sophisticated,” she says. Celik also expects patriotic painting to reach fever pitch in the run up to the Queen’s Jubliee celebrations in June. - Daily Mail