Even though I'm a huge fan of nail art, I've never really mastered it. What I really needed was a masterclass with a nail guru. And luckily I got just that at the No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours launch with Jamie Nunn (don't you just love it when a plan comes together?).
With 20 new catwalk inspired shades in a range of colours from chic neutrals, classic reds and delicate pastels to in-your-face pinks and glossy metallics, these new No7 nail colours are seriously gorgeous and really reflect the up-coming trends for AW 11. My personal favourite was Lucky Lilac, a beautiful pastel shade that will take you from AW 11 through to SS 12 (very Miu Miu).
Now the fun bit! We all got to sit around a table, and, led by Jamie (head of nails at X Factor and tends to many a celeb's nails, including Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga!), we were taken step-by-step through some easy (and some not so easy) nail art techniques. My favourite (mainly because it looked the best when I tried it on my nail wheel) was the Marble Nail, and here's a quick 'How To' from Jamie himself:
- Apply a thin layer of base coat.
- When dry, apply 2 coats of a coloured nail varnish and let it dry (Sing the Blues works well).
- Take a clean make up brush and paint a metallic colour onto a corner of the sponge. Gently dab the sponge over the nail for an 'antiqued' look. (Hot to Trot is a great colour for this).
- When this layer is dry, cover with a top coat!