Nail art is the latest celebrity-inspired trend. Even if you are lounging around on a summer's day wearing minimal make-up, it's important to make sure you have well-groomed nails. That means no chipped varnish or, worse, unpainted, dirty nails.
This summer, nails are bright and bold. It is also becoming more important to match them with any outfit, or use them as a statement piece to complement a simple ensemble.
Chanel's gorgeous and aptly-named LA Sunrise is a beautifully bright yellow, available at House of Fraser. Never mind bright colours, yellow nails have become a trend in themselves, as sported by the likes of newly-wed popstar Lily Allen and T4 presenter Jameela Jamill. Chanel nail polishes deliver a quality, long- lasting finish, which is essential during summer when you are out and about doing more things and going to more places, and won't necessarily have time for a touch-up.
If the Chanel nail varnish is a bit pricey, other brands do some great versions -- for a pastel yellow version try Illamasqua in Wayward.
Ice cream shades are also a key trend this summer and perfect for brightening up your look. Indeed, if you are hesitant about going all out with this summer's big bright colours in your wardrobe, using nail polish can be a simple and understated nod to the trend. Models Own nail varnish in Feeling Blue is gorgeous -- think of Tiffany's little blue jewellery box for the perfect shade.
If you can't decide on what colour to choose, why not go for Rainbow nails, which is exactly what it sounds like? This means by using colours like lavender, creamy yellow and peachy pink and applying to one nail on each hand, you can get a lovely rainbow effect. If you're feeling particularly daring, try really bright pinks and oranges for a brighter nod to this look. Rainbow nails have been spotted on celebs such as Rochelle and Vanessa from The Saturdays and Caggie from the reality TV show Made in Chelsea.
If you are not confident enough to do your nails by yourself, the 3 Week Manicure by Nails Inc. -- available at Debenhams -- is a best- selling treatment that gives you instantly dry and chip-resistant nails for up to three weeks. You can also choose from a variety of gorgeous shades.
This treatment is perfect for some relaxing and pampering 'me time' and also gets your nails looking fabulous for summer. You can add a pedicure to the mix for an additional charge, an essential extra if your nails are in need of some serious TLC before a nice beach holiday. The three-week manicure involves applying a layer of gel over your natural nails under a UV lamp, which will give you a chip-free and glossy finish for weeks. I can guarantee you will be hooked!
For those ladies who feel young at heart or for those who want to treat their daughters to some treats there are a few really fun nail products on the market. Rimmel's I Love Lasting Finish Fruities is an amazing collection of on-trend shades that dry with a fruity summer scent. For those who have every nail colour under the sun, this is a deliciously different option to try.
Barry M 'Crackle' Instant Nail Effects have taken the beauty industry by storm as it gives the result of crackle nail varnish, which looks like you have had your nails done by a professional, all in the comfort of your own home. If you want a funky 'graffiti' effect, then this is for you.
Girls With Attitude Fly by Night Nails, available at Boots, can add spice to nails for a big night out or some sparkle to an outfit. Glamour in an instant that is sure to turn heads, this product takes inspiration from fashionistas like Katy Perry and Jessie J, who love to add some bling to their nails.
Also, to spice up your nails for the summer, Boots are offering the 17 Nail Bar in a Bag gift free when you purchase two or more Boots 17 products in-store or online until July 12. Now, could you have a better excuse to get shopping and give those nails some well- deserved TLC?