Tempted by a longer-lasting talon treatment? Nicole Kidman recently showed us how it's done. Here’s what you need to know including the latest on-trend colours for the cooler seasons ahead.
1. Powder Dipping System (Brand: SNS)
What is it? Falls between a regular mani and a fake nail. The technician will brush on glue and stick the nail in an acrylic powder. Why? A growing trend worldwide offering more support if you have trouble growing your own nails or if your natural nails have been damaged from acrylic or gels.
Cost: Around $60
What is it? Powdered acrylic mixed with a liquid acrylic then brushed onto a natural nail and cured without the use of lamps. It has a strong odor, lasts for around 2 weeks.
Why? Best to shape, mould and extend nails.
Cost: Around $50.
3. Gels (Brands: Shellac, Bio Sculpture Gel).
What is it? Pre-mixed liquid chemical that needs to be cured under a UV or LED lamp. No odour and lasts up to 2 weeks.
Why? Nails are hard and glossy and look natural.
Cost: Around $30 - $50.
4. Wraps (Brand: Jamberry)
What is it: The thinnest of artificial nails and ideal for those who are allergic to acrylic or gels. Fine layers of silk, linen or paper are pre-shaped according to each nail and attached with a water soluble glue that doesn’t cause nail damage.
Why? 300 plus fashion forward designs in colours and patterns, no dry time and lasts up to 2 weeks.
Cost: Jamberry Nail Wraps, $22 per sheet, www.jamberry.com.au
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'Metallics in silver, rose gold, copper and brass are right on-trend with what you see in fashion in the stores,’ says Karon. 'Also, rich burgundy, burnt red and rust colours come through at this time of year – you can get a bit more classical in winter. Solid creams are still on trend for the cooler season. Neutrals are more caramel for winter, which is a bit warmer than a neutral summer nude.'
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