Colour me happy

The sun’s out here in London, so I couldn’t resist a little blog about summer nails and makeup. It’s been the theme of our first ever Hot Shots competition this month and we’ve had some cracking entries from nail and makeup artists that have created some bright, summery looks. (Email amanda.botha@emap.com before June 4 to enter your own picture and you could be in with a chance of winning a Hotel Chocolat hamper.)

Bright colours can be a tricky. According to research commissioned by nail brand Jessica, ladies down South are especially averse to them; preferring French manicures and classic reds. Whether it’s a geographical persuasion or not, it takes some guts for anyone to back away from the safe tones and embrace the green, aqua and coral shades that are on-trend right now.

Personally, I’m still following the pre-Ronson-Lindsey-Lohan guide to nail care and rocking the dark and chipped look, but I’ve promised to make a change and go for neons this weekend. This bit of sunshine is providing that much-needed incentive to bust out of my comfort zone.

Do your clients go a bit crazy for colour when the good weather rolls round, or at least when they’re gearing up for a summer getaway?

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