Nailing the Latest Manicure Trends

Even if you are planning to spend the next few months dressed simply in jeans and a tee, nails can be a terrific low-key way to pay homage to the latest trends.

As Winter moves into Spring, gone are the gothic and rich red shades of the past few months and a lighter palette of colours and softer, more feminine accents are poised to take centre stage.

1. French fancy

The traditional French manicure has had an update for 2020. The expected white tips have been replaced. At Zimmerman, this was with a rainbow of colours, whilst at other shows red-toned tips were all the rage.

2. Too Cute

As well as highlighting the tips of your nails, Fashion Week saw the emergence of a new focal point – the cuticle. At Oscar de la Renta, as well as colour-burst tips, there was colour at the cuticle line too. Since the runway shows, this trend has been all over Instagram.  Another version is to have gold accents around the edge of your nails, offering a subtle yet glamorous way to add glimmer.

3. All about accessories

Some of the most eye-catching nails seen backstage at the shows included subtle embellishments, like the pearl-encrusted nails at Simone Rocha and the marbled nails at Roland Mouret.

4. Groundbreaking Spring florals

Florals for Spring might not be news when it comes to fashion but scroll through any insta feed and you will soon become inspired to wear delicate florals on your nails

5. Nail geometry 

For an uber-modern update to nail art, create geometric shapes on your nails by painting only one half a bright, bold colour. Traditional red reigns supreme and looks great against a nude backdrop. 

Nailing It!!

For those who want to – quite literally – extend fashion to their fingertips, sporting an on-point nail trend can be a tasteful nod to what was showcased by your favourite catwalk designers. This Autumn/Winter, there is a clutch of trends that have proved to be hugely popular.

As the weather starts to lose some of its warmth and the festive season approaches, it’s only natural you want to embrace the season – and what better way (especially when you live in a desert climate where jumpers are a rare possibility!) than to update your manicure to show off richer, more Autumnal hues. Pioneered at Giorgio Armani’s AW2019 show, these darker hues suit all skin types.

Nail Trends Winter

As seen at Preen and Lela Rose AW2019 shows, nude nail colours are timeless and avoid your nails being too much of a statement, which is why they are synonymous with effortless French girl style.

Loved by millenials, neon nails are a bold trend ensures your nails are an integral and eye-catching part of your style. Best worn with attitude and for extra attention, try the coffin-shaped mani, which is de rigeur by the most influential on Instagram.

Latest Gel Nail Trends

Finally, the popularity of gel manicures and pedicures shows no signs of stopping. Perfect for busy schedules Gelish is the pick of the bunch, ensuring your nails are shiny and groomed for up to two weeks.

Check out more about nail trends and what the Pastels’ team say at

5 Health Reasons Why You Need Regular Pedicures

It might seem like an indulgence but did you know that pedicures are not only important to make your feet worthy of beautiful sandals, they are also important for the health of your feet and your overall well being!

During a pedicure, your feet will be moisturised, and while this is relaxing it also prevents cracks from developing and causing infections. Pedicures also clean dirt and bacteria from your feet to prevent fungi from growing. The nail technician will also be able to detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections, conditions that are easier to treat when they are identified in their early stages. Professionally cleaning and cutting your nails will also help prevent ingrown toenails and infections.  It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Calluses form because an area on your foot is being rubbed. This is the body’s way of protecting that area, but if it continues long-term, the skin can break down and can form a painful ulcer or sore. Pedicures provide the extra moisture to help prevent calluses from forming, and they also remove calluses before they cause issues. In the same way, exfoliating the dead skin on your feet will prevent it from accumulating and causing bunions or corns which can also be painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, promotes new cell growth, which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Another huge benefit of a pedicure is that it promotes circulation. The warm water and massage distribute heat around the area, encouraging better circulation. What’s more, massaging your feet promotes movement of the joints which reduces stiffness. This can help to relieve any stress your joints were experiencing and reduce its associated pain.

Finally, as you juggle the pressures of your career and life, a good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic, which promotes well-being and overall healthier life.

What is a Callus Peel and Why You Might Need One?

If you’ve found yourself investing a little too heavily in the trainer trend and avoiding sandals, mules and sling-back shoes because of the hard skin on the soles of your feet, then it’s definitely time to try a callus peel! This treatment is a simple and pain-free way of getting rid of dry skin often found on your feet and will definitely make you want to show off your feet, in all their glory.

Calluses form when your skin becomes dry and dehydrated and while moisturising regularly can help, sometimes you need a stronger intervention – enter the Callus Peel. This revitalising foot treatment is ideal for people whose feet need a little bit of extra TLC. It removes hard, callused skin and adds moisture in just 20 minutes.  The treatment starts with the application of a skin softener is applied to the areas which are affected the most from hard skin. Next, the feet are wrapped to enhance the effects of the softener. After a few minutes, the wrapping is removed, exposing the newly softened skin. This is then scraped away gently in a pain-free procedure. Once all the hard skin and calluses are removed, the skin is polished with a foot file. Finally, a moisturising treatment is applied to keep your feet feeling (and looking) amazing for as long as possible.

So if the thought of getting your feet out leaves you in a slight state of panic, a Callus Peel will work wonders for your confidence. After all, life’s too short to be worrying about your feet…

Everything You Need to Know About Essie Gel Manicure & Pedicure

There’s nothing quite like splurging on a luxurious manicure. An on-trend hue teamed with a touch of nail art or glitter can give you the same boost of confidence as a really good blowdry. Unlike that, which only lasts a day or so, a professional gel polish can last you several weeks. In fact, stacked up against a regular manicure, gels not only last longer, but they also feel stronger, and cast a mirror shine that quite simply is virtually impossible if you have regular polish. So what should you know before upscaling your mani and pedi with gel? 

Gel and acrylic are not the same

Acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent and can add length to short nails. Sometimes acrylic nails come in colours, but usually they’re clear or natural-toned. Gel polishes can only colour your existing nails but are more durable than regular polish as the gel is hardened by curing under a UV or LED lamp.

Gel Nail Polish

Essie Gel Manicure

Gel nails are not harmful and will not damage the nails

Nails do not need to breathe and so having a gel polish will not harm the nail’s health. But your nail beds and cuticles are made of living tissue, which is why you need to be careful during the application and removal process and why you should leave the entire gel process to a qualified nail technician rather than option for a DIY job.

Keep your nail beds hydrated

To ensure your manicure is long-lasting and your nails look as healthy as possible, use a cuticle oil and moisturizer. This will not only protect the skin around your nails, but your actual nail beds, too. 

So what happens during a gel mani appointment and how is it different to a regular mani? As with a run-of-the-mill mani, a gel manicure starts with cutting the nails, filing them to the desired length before lightly soaking the hands and trimming the cuticles. The polish itself is the point of difference: You’ll start with a base coat layer that primes your nails for the gel coat, which is a special kind of polish that gets firmed up under a UV light. After each coat is painted on, you place your hand under a UV light for 30 seconds. A glossy top coat goes on top, take one final minute under the lamp, and you’re done.  Hello to chip-free nails that you will just love showing off!


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