Let’s hear it for the … woman in white. Those legs! Image: ©AFP/ Andreas Solaro
I don’t know about you, but a white nail is just so deliciously delightful as an all-year accent in the torrid tropics we call home.
But why waste precious “talon” on an austere alabaster when there’s so much mani magic to be had from baroque nail art?
Elementary, enamel enthusiast. White nails make for a clean counterpoint to any contemporary silhouette – just take a gander at the very leggy couture dress the newly minted Mrs Amal Alamuddin-Clooney was rocking at her marital maritime extravaganza in Venice.
Plethora of polished pearly whites, from left: Nails Inc Gel Effect in Hyde Park Place, $26; Sephora Colour Hit in Steal Grey, $12; Nailkale Illuminator Bright Street, $27, all available from Sephora stores; Lancôme Vernis in Love in 020M, $30, available at Lancôme counters
Having said that, a wee caveat is in order. Unless you’re explicitly gunning for an “editorial” look, stay well away from matte white formulas. These can look flat at best … or like you’ve had way too much fun with your office cubicle’s correction fluid at worst.
Instead, opt for an opalescent ivory shot through with a smidgen of salmon or silver; this not-quite-white white lends a lovely luminosity that’s pretty without being peacockish.
Raring to get a white-over? Before racing to the nearest beauty boutique, here’s some Insta-inspiration to get your monochrome manicure going.
P.S. We’ll be looking forward to seeing your nail art come #ManicureMonday!