Got it nailed?

Two tone nails on fabulous model...totes amaze!You are not ready until your nails are on point…if you know what I mean.

Nail trends have been a huge focus on the catwalk for some time now, but this spring/summer – like everything else this season – going bold with colour and print is the name of the game.  Multi-coloured styles, nudes in butter and putty, neons and clear lucite nails were all popular at the Spring/ Summer 2012 fashion shows – oh and not to mention gold tips, checker boards, two tones, glitter and contrasted colours…Totes!

If painting your nails does not come easy and you don’t have the time or budget to visit your local nail technician, here are some tips on getting this season’s look in no time…

Top tips:

1, If your visual impairment prevents you from painting on those tricky art designs, why not try stick-on nail wraps. Just peel and stick, then file them down to the shape of your nail. They can be applied by touch alone (with practise) and will not chip or peel like real nail polish. Try Myleene Klass nails which are available for £5.99 from Asda, Boots and Debenhams.

2, Can’t stop smudging? What a pain.  Why not try a nail polish pen? They are similar to a felt-tip pen, only these pens let you quickly and neatly do your nails anywhere in a few clicks. Try Laqa & Co from Selfridges at £11.00.  Or for those die hard polish in a bottle fans, why not try Nail Polish Corrector Pens which quickly and completely erases excess nail polish from the cuticles. Simply glide the pen across the smudge and the polish will disappear. Try the OPI correct and clean up pen, available from John Lewis for £10. (If you are at home with plenty of time, use a cotton wool bud dipped in nail polish remover!).

3, To make application easier with sight loss, try storing your nail polish in the refrigerator. When the polish is super cold, it is much easier to tell when you are painting your skin rather than your nail. Also, always opt for a good quality quick drying nail polish and avoid applying too many coats, this will prevent smudging and smearing.

Do you have any tips?   Let us know…



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  1. Hannah ward

    I’m currently sitting with my visually impaired sister putting on nail wraps for her dew to your article.
    I have several problems….. 1/ are you visually impaired? 2/ have you ever used them ?
    Your article implies you peel them off and stick them on and file to shape ! Really ? I’ve just taken 30 minutes to do one hand and I have just given all the resources to my sister to have a go herself.
    I’m quite sure with hours to spare she might be able to get the hang of it .
    Sorry I find your article misleading and maybe a field test should be done.
    Rant over….

  2. admin

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the feedback. I am not visually impaired, however I offer advise based on my own experience and that of the StyleAble team, which is made up of writers and product testers with varying levels of sight. The nail wraps can be tricky to apply, but I mentioned in the piece that ‘they can be applied by touch alone (with practise)’ this was confirmed by a member of my team who has no sight, I have also had the same experience with them – I understand that this will not be the case for everyone.

    Nail wraps can allow you to have extravagant nail designs on your nails without having to hand paint the designs on – I have never been able to do this myself and don’t actually know of anyone other than a nail technician to be able to do it really well!

    I am always open to feedback and am grateful that you took the time to comment. If you have any tips, advice or suggestions on how someone who is blind or partially sighted can do nails at home really easily please let us know.


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