One of the best things about winter’s forthcoming passion for raging reds is that at last we can veer away from freaky acid hues and insipid summer neutrals. There’s nothing more glamorous than perfectly manicured scarlet nails.
While nail trends have indicated a squared tip and a blunted look, I think to go all out rouge needs gorgeous ovals – long or short. Like Clara Bow lips, pillar box nails are the ideal little black dress accessory; it hardly needs another thing to create simple but deeply elegant style.
I’m loving the current crop of variations on the theme, from Leighton Denny’s Caught Red Handed, a fierce, blood shade, OPI’s fiery, sparkling Dear Santa through to ButterLondon’s shimmeringly vampish Knees Up.
Don’t forget that the most sophisticated nails are nothing without soft and supple hands; ramp up the hydration with a good hand cream and drench your cuticles in nourishing oils to let your fingers do the talking all the way through party season.