The beauty trend comes along and, through sheer force of irrepressibility, beats me into submission. This is the case with party nails, anathema to me a year ago, but now so ubiquitous, so cheery, so easy, so – well – fun, that I’ve finally dipped my fingers and toes into the spangly water.
By far the easiest way to do this, I’ve discovered, is with sticker wraps. Seriously, these things are a cinch to use and offer an extremely high impressiveness: effort ratio. First, one chooses a design. (This is the hard part – there truly are some monstrous patterns among the thousands available. Personally, I’d avoid any grown woman with Hello Kitty fingernails.) Next, match each of your nails to an appropriate-sized foil. Stick one on (don’t panic – they go on remarkably smoothly), fold over the excess at a right angle, then briskly file downwards with an emery board, so the overhang falls away. The finish is unexpectedly neat.
When you’ve mastered foils, try one of the special-effect polishes out for Christmas, including my somewhat predictable favourite, the animal print manicure. Everything I’ve chosen here gave great results in return for only modest effort.
YSL Manucure Couture duo, £24, yslbeauty.co.uk
My Christmas party look: crocodile-patterned nails in rich gold and sludgy black.
L’Oréal Color Riche Nail Stickers, £8.99, boots.com
Foil stickers that stay on for four days without peeling. Try Maybelline, too.
Nails Inc Graffiti nail polishes, £11, nailsinc.com
A new obsession. Multicoloured glitter polishes with different-sized particles for a striking, uneven effect.
Nail Art Water Transfer Stickers, £1.99, amazon.co.uk
Trickier, but worth it. Horses, swallows, moustaches – wear one design or mix it up.
Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Nail Art Pens, £3.99, superdrug.com
Draw anything you like – dots, stars, stripes – on your polish. The easiest pens I tried.
Ciaté Caviar manicure sets, £18, selfridges.com
These caviar-like pearls cover the nails and look unbelievably impressive.
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