The nude nail has become as ubiquitous on the catwalk as a red lip or a moody scowl – they are the new neutrals, what Vogue calls “normcore for nails”. And you can see why. They make an otherwise knobbly and dry-knuckled hand look elegant enough to get away with carrying a £500 handbag. They give an illusion of pianists’ fingers, of ballerinas’ poise, and all it takes is 70 seconds in a traffic jam and a little bottle of MAC’s nail lacquer in Coffee Break (£10, maccosmetics.co.uk). Christian Louboutin’s nail colour (£36, selfridges.com) goes even further. It won’t just make your hands look elegant – by displaying the sculpted bottle on your shelf, it’ll make your flat look sophisticated, too.
Rimmel in Sensual Spice £4.49, superdrug.com Revlon Gel Envy in Checkmate £6.99, boots.com Butter London in Tea With The Queen £12, butterlondon.co.uk OPI in Dulce de Leche £11.50, asos.com Other Stories in Nubby Sand £5, stories.com NARS in Ithaque £15, liberty.co.uk Illamasqua in Monogamous £15.50, illamasqua.com