1. GRAPHIC LINES
Things got sketchy at Manish Arora’s AW19 show with bright, striped nails all around. But this multi-coloured mani takes a little prep. “First, cut your nails down so there is no tip, instructs Ama Quashie, Founder of Ama salon in London. “Then, use transparent stiletto-shaped fake nails to create the perfect base.” For the multi-hued stripes, pick any three colours of your choice and line ’em up on your nails. Add a hint of sparkle to your mani by dusting loose glitter specks while the polish is still wet, or stick on a tiny gem on one or two nails. Et voilà—your mani-masterpiece is complete.
2. CROWN JEWELS
As opposed to the super-opulent manis that SS19 brought along, this one spotted at Iceberg is comparatively easier to achieve. But don’t try it on your natural nails—“the weight of the jewels will cause more damage than they’re worth,” warns Ama. Instead, fake it, literally, with basic stick-on nails. Prep nail beds with a swipe of nail varnish remover, then attach your falsies with adhesive nail tabs (steer clear of nail glue—your talons will thank you later). And for that regal encrusting? Head to e-shops like amazon.in or nykaa.com, which, Ama insists, are your BFFs when mining for cheap gems. The result? Seriously impressive power talons.
3. SPARK NAKED
If you’re seeking Cardi B luxe with minimal effort, let Halpern guide the way with a simple lick of twinkling polish. According to Ama, the base is key for keeping this look low-maintenance: “Glitter is high-impact, but it can be a nightmare to remove when you’re over it.” Start with a nude base, followed by three sparkly/glitter polishes applied horizontally. Apply thin layers to keep glitter distribution even, and drying time to a minimum. Finish with a topcoat and prepare to dazzle.
Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Polish in Rock The Night, ₹150
Colorbar Art Effects Nail Lacquer in Moonstruck, ₹350
O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Need Sunglasses, ₹850
Lakmé Primer + Matte Nail Color in Color Crush, ₹155
Avon Metallic Effects Nail Enamel in Copper Gleam, ₹250