This season we’re not only looking for a cosy texture in our clothes, we’re also painting it on our nails. Matte, velvet or suede-finish nails in winter hues of black, charcoal, wine red and purple are the look of the moment.
I tried on Suede by OPI in We’ll always have Paris ($19.95), a luxe purple that just screams to be teamed back with a charcoal and winter white outfit – and suede boots! Well, when I say, I tried on, I took it along to my manicurist and asked her kindly to make my nails look half-way decent.
This look is best suited to shorter nails. The suede effect gives the illusion that the nail isn’t smooth … but it is.
The trick with these nail colours is that you throw all the usual manicure requirements for base and top coats out the window. Two coats on a bare nail is all you need. The downside is the manicure doesn’t last as long.
Guest blogger Xanthe Coward* had similar fun with Zoya’s Mattevelvet collection ($17 each) . Here’s what she had to say about her winter talons:[table id=8 /]
*Xanthe Coward is a 30-something singer, actor, educator and performance coach, with a director husband and a three-going-on-13-year-old, trend-setting daughter. Xanthe can be found at DanceEdge Studio and at Playcafé, a new drop-in centre for aspiring and professional Sunshine Coast performing artists. Find updates and behind the scenes’ stories at http://xsentertainme.wordpress.com
OPI – selected beauty salons and spas, and David Jones nationally. Ph 1800 358 999 or visit www.opi.net.au.
Zoya – fine salons and spas and online at www.zoya.com.au. Phone 1300 855 644.