Instant nail art fixes

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Instant nail art fixes

Nail art is still scorching hot in the world of beauty, and you don’t have be nimble-fingered to get a show-stopping manicure. Luckily there are some instant nail art fixes right at your fingertips.

Nail art is still scorching hot in the world of beauty, and you don't have to be nimble-fingered to get a show-stopping manicure. Luckily there are some instant nail art fixes right at your fingertips.

  • Magic magnetics

  • Let's get textured

  • Smash it up

  • Glitter bomb

  • That's a wrap

This is the most fun you'll have with nail polish since you first discovered it, guaranteed! Magnetic polishes are formulated with tiny particles that work with a built in magnet to create an awesome, 3D-like pattern. Futuristic fingertips? Yes please!

How to use: Once you have applied a second coat, immediately hover the magnet over the nail for 10 seconds to see the pattern appear. Work on one nail at a time and then apply a top coat. Voila!

These textured nail polishes add a grunge-chic edge to your look in a flash, without any tricky nail art know-how. So, from the nitty gritty to some 3D razzle dazzle get all 'touchy-feely' and add texture to your nails!

Top tip: Can't decide which texture to try? Embrace the latest nail art trend and apply a mixture of different effects, pick 'n' mix style - sweet!

Manicure chipped and no time to re-do it? No probs - simply slick on a quick coat of crackling top coat to instantly update your nails and hide the chips! It will crackle and split, revealing a peek of your colour underneath, for an on-trend two tone effect.

How to use: Apply a generous coat like a regular polish over the top your base colour. Watch in awe as it crackles into a graffiti-like pattern - oooh!

Bling can be sophisticated - why not let out your inner princess and rock a hyper-glittery nail polish. Apply one coat for a touch of twinkle or add up to three for a sensational sparkle, guaranteed to catch the eye - all you have to do is count the admiring glances.

Top tip: How about dabbing a glitter topcoat on to the tips of your sensible, work-appropriate manicure to transform it for an evening out? It's like your alter-ego in a bottle.

We don't always have to fake it to make it (honest!) but if painting intricate designs on each nail sounds more taxing than relaxing, speed your way to show-stopping style with some statement nail wraps or falsies. The best thing is that they're as long lasting as they are eye-catching, so washing-up-proof nails have never been so glam.

Top tip: Before applying, clean the natural oils off your nails with polish remover - this will help them stick better and last longer.

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Summer at your finger tips

Action speaks louder than words so let's grab summer with both hands. Put your best finger forward and glam up your nails in an instant with our quick fixes

Summer Brights

Shades more vibrant than a Strawberry Daiquiri are destined to be paired with your brightest summer look. These scorching hot colours are ready to light up the day and night - it'll be like colouring your nails with neon highlighter pen all over again (come on, you know you did!)

  • Use a basecoat before applying your vibrant shade, as it helps create a bolder, brighter build up of popping colour
  • To speed up the drying process, simply pop your nails in a bowl of ice cold water for a minute and a half

Models Own Iced Neon

Essie Summer Collection

SinfulColors Cream Nail Enamel

Textured Effects

Whether it's fresh grass beneath your toes or warm sunshine on your face, the feeling of summer is amazing. So get all 'touchy-feely' and add some texture to your nails, from the nitty gritty to 3D razzle dazzle.

  • Apply two coats to build up the rough texture, and try going without a top coat. What a feeling!
  • Noticed a chipped nail when out and about this summer? Simply pop a crackle effect polish over and voila! A fuss-free new look
  • Glit out there, by applying a dazzling polish to update your existing look

Nail Rock RocKit Bows Nail Art

Bourjois Manicure Nail Toppings

Models Own Artstix Nail Beads

Gel Manicure

Whether you're having fun at a festival, or splashing around in the clear blue sea, summer is pretty hands on. Which is why it's great to find a polish that lasts from sunrise to sundown: Gel nails are ideal if you're jetting away to tropical climes, or simply cooking up a storm with a summer BBQ.

  • Hot pinks and subtle nudes are the trend topping shades to be seen in this summer
  • Apply a slick of top coat to your gel mani, helping it last and keeping it super shiny

Seventeen Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Polish

Models Own Smash Up Top Coat

Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy

Beaded Nails

Sugar-coat your nails this summer with a seriously cool sprinkling of nail beads. Remember the excitement of enjoying an ice cream covered with sundae sprinkles? Well it's time to make your nails equally delicious and bring them to a whole new dimension.

    Apply one coat of your desired polish, wait to dry, then add another. This builds a perfect base for the beads
  • Gently dab beads on, and then sprinkle to fill in any gaps. Gently dab on a top coat to avoid any fabulous colour coming off
  • Why not pop a tray under your nails to catch any fallen beads?

No7 High Shine Gel nail polish

Revlon Colorstay

SensatioNAIL Gel Starter Kit

Wraps & Falsies

With the warmer weather upon us, the only things to wrap up are your nails. Spend less time painting and instead get an instant fashionably fierce look. Nails at the in-between stage? Simply add a lovely set of false nails.

  • Give your nails a late spring clean with an oil-free nail polish remover before applying wraps
  • Gently push back cuticles to add extra length to your nails before application
  • Jazz up false nails by applying a textured paint

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Stickers Diamond Eternal

Seventeen Artificial Nails Shiny Gold

Nail Rock Duck Eggs Nail Wraps
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