Forget purses, shoes and jewellery—nails are the must-have complement for holiday party dresses.
Do try contrasting shades. Leanne Colley, owner of Tips Nail Bar in Toronto, is a fan of the two-tone moon manicure, with a half moon at the tip or by the cuticle. She likes a nude-coloured nail with a black or navy moon.
Don’t be afraid of sparkle. “We’re seeing lots of glitter in a way that is grown-up,” says Colley. “It’s just a touch of glitter over colour.”
Do a glitter fade. Start with a rich red gel-polish fusion as a base. Once it is cured, use just a tiny bit of gold glitter polish and sweep it lightly from the tip, fading as you get closer to the base.
Don’t stick to round or square. Claudine Laviolette, owner of Ongles & Compagnie in Gatineau, Que., has been experimenting with different shapes using acrylics, specifically one seen on the runways created by CND. While the new pointy, elongated oval may not be practical for everyday life, she suggests clients trying something more dramatic for parties and events.
Do play with colour mixes. Mix gel shades to create a completely new one. Try custom mixing shades for your clients—they’ll love the extra effort. Or for gel-polish fusions, layer one shade over another.
Don’t forget to take care of your own nails. “If you wear it, your clients will ask for it,” says Laviolette. “Experiment in your free time and if you wear it, you will attract the type of client who wants to wear it.”
Do remember the toes. Gel-polish fusions are great for pedicures, especially during the winter when clients can immediately slide boots back on and go with no worries about smudging.