How to nail the latest talon trends for the party season
Talons have become a fashion accessory all on their own, and the latest techniques are guaranteed to dazzle.
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Whether you want bling, texture or colour, pick a polish to wow this season.
"To wear these more dramatic winter trends, make sure your nails are short and square with rounded corners," says Athena Skouvakis, make-up artist for Collection.
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"This will avoid any darker colours or high-impact designs looking too OTT."
With nude nails set to make a talon takeover next spring, now's the time to make an unashamed statement.
Velvet, beading and leather aren't just for party frocks. The same wardrobe effects are being used to dress up fingers.
"Nails have caught up with fashion with the use of fabric, materials and textures," says Zoe Pocock, creative director of Nail Rock.
"It's evolved into what I would say is 'dimensional nail art' with the likes of caviar and crushed velvet manicures."
You simply polish, sprinkle, and wait for your chosen "material" to set. The results should be luxuriously tactile and attention grabbing nails.
Best reserved for those who avoid washing up and household chores, 3D has transferred from cinema screens to talons.
Pocock says: "You can create a 3D effect easily and inexpensively with gems, rhinestones, crystals or even delicate chains."
You can even go one step further with stick-on embellishments that come in the form of fruits, buttons or Christmas candy canes. Simply add your favourite nail applique while your base colour polish is still tacky.
"Use tweezers to apply the embellishment and experiment with a single statement nail or go for a full-on 3D manicure," Zoe suggests.
Glitter-packed polishes are the perfect party season accessory and can either be worn as a top coat to jazz up any colour or layered up to really pack a punch.
You can opt for shimmering dip-dye effects or full-on encrusted nails. Forget uniformity and try blinging up just one ring finger nail for a subtle accent.