The beauty spot: dark metallic nails

beauty spot

Fingersmith: try Butter London’s old-gold varnish. Photograph: Observer

Nail time! Sometimes it feels like a body isn’t quite big enough for all the jewellery you want to hang on it. You’ve got, what, one neck? Two wrists, an ankle, a couple of fingers that are thin enough for rings? This is the opportunity to turn your nails into jewels. Metallic varnish. The way to wear it now is as matte as possible – use Rimmel Pro Matte Top Coat at the end if you like (4.59, – and on long, pointy-ish nails, so they look a bit like serving spoons. I like the old-gold look of Butter London’s Full Monty (12.50,, which has the feel of tarnished wedding rings, and Mavala’s Platinum Marble (4.30,, which is even odder – an old picture frame, found buried in the garden. OK. End of nail time. Back to work.


Illamasqua: Bacterium, 13.50,
Nars: Diamond Life, 13.50,
Deborah Lippmann: Don’t Tell Mamma, 14,
Topshop: Hyperreal, 6,
Orly: Rock Solid, 9.85,
Chanel: Peridot, 17.50, 020 7493 3836

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The beauty spot: dark metallic nails


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