Ten tips to shape up and shine with nude nails

Your nails no longer need to resemble the Mona Lisa. Get back to basics with our ten tips to the ultimate in nail simplicity.


1.The hot new hue

After much anticipation, the queen of the catwalks Victoria Beckham's new limited edition collection for Nails Inc finally hits Fenwick stores. The Bamboo White is quite simply neutral perfection.

Bamboo white nail polish, £25, Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc (Available in Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, and York)

2. The nourishing base coat

If you are going nude, then grooming becomes all the more important. Following the trend in colour correction make-up comes the very first CC base coat for nails from Eve Snow. It nourishes, conditions as well as correcting any discolouration.

CC base coat, £15, Eve Snow (Available at select Fenwick stores)

3. The buffer

Even the laziest will find spring's new nudes wonderfully low maintenance as well as chic. Why not skip the polish, and shine your way back to basics with a brilliant buffer; our favourite is the OPI Shiner, for the fastest manicure ever.

Buffer, £1.80, OPI (Available at all Fenwick stores)

4. The ultimate strengthener

Don’t let broken nails spoil your perfectly polished look. Duri's Rejuvacote nail strengthener repairs and fortifies weak or damaged nails like no other. We have tried other strengtheners but none compare.

Rejuvacote Nail growth system, £12, Duri (Available at Fenwick Brent Cross)



5. The transformers

Bare doesn’t have to be boring. Have some fun with Marian Newman’s latest collection for MAC. Fusing the former forensic scientist's technical know-how with her innovative design it includes Texturise, a lacquer which gives a leather effect and Highlight, for an iridescent finish - it's what Marion calls: “a grown-up version of nail art”.

Studio nail lacquer, £10, MAC (Available at Fenwick Brent CrossCanterburyColchesterKingstonNewcastleTunbridge Wells, and York)

6. The perfect pink

Ditch your deep autumnal tones and feel pretty as a princess with Christian Dior’s aptly named Majesty. Perfect for every (royal or otherwise) occasion, this ladylike shade looks regal on every skin tone.

Majesty nail varnish, £18.50, Christian Dior (Available in all Fenwick stores)

7. The new sparkle

If you’re still reluctant to relinquish some shimmer, YSL have presented ‘La Nuit Blanche’ for spring. The subtle limited edition sparkle layered over your chosen shade will add some unexpected glitter to your otherwise nude look.

La Laque Couture in Nuit Blanche, £18.50, Yves Saint Laurent (Available in all Fenwick stores)

8. The catwalk look

If you’re looking for a colour straight from the runway, Eve Snow’s Nudist was specially selected for the Emilia Wickstead SS15 show. The perfect barely-there hue also contains active ingredients to protect your nails from sun damage – ideal for brighter days.

Nudist nail lacquer, £14, Eve Snow (Available in select Fenwick stores)


9. The half-moon mani

For a fun twist on the classic look, half moon manicures are still on trend for spring. Experiment by applying a pop of colour in a contrasting shade on the base of your nails for a striking look - our favourite is spring's fresh mint.

Limited edition Le Vernis in Paradiso, £18, Chanel (Available in all Fenwick stores)

10. The finishing touch

After all your prepping and polishing, your manicure will not be finished without a sweep of Seche Vite's gel-like quick drying top coat. With its high-shine finish, it's unsurprising that it is a beauty industry staple.

Top coat, £10, Seche Vite (Available in select Fenwick stores)

By Anna Johnstone