Money en-us catherined at cosmopolitan dot co dot za Copyright 2009 Get Our Sexy Curves Mani For our sexy curves mani, you'll need:
The usual supplies: nail polish remover, cotton wool, cuticle oil, base and top coats
Blue nail polish
Orange nail polish
Reinforcement rings (raid that stationery drawer!)

Step One: File your nails into the desired shape, push back your cuticles — DO NOT CUT THEM! — and apply a basecoat.

Step Two: Apply two even coats of blue nail polish. Leave to dry.

Step Three: Place the reinforcement rings halfway across your nail (vertically) so that you can create the perfect curve for your mani.

Step Four: Using your orange nail polish, paint the left-side of the ring. Add a few coats so that the colour is solid and you can't see any of the blue underneath.

Step Five: Carefully peel off the reinforcement rings whilst the nail polish is still drying.

Step Six: Once the nail polish is completely dry, use a top coat to seal the mani.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Fave Disney Princess-Inspired Nails! Get Disney princess-inspired nails to reflect your inner Ariel. Or Snow White. Or Tinkerbell.

1) Tinkerbell


2) Princess Belle


RELATED: Four Disney Princesses Become COSMO Cover Girls

3) The Little Mermaid


4) Minnie Mouse


5) Rapunzel


RELATED: Disney Princesses Get A Vintage Pin-Up Inspired Make-Over

6) Cinderella


7) Snow White


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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Our Sally Hansen Ombré Mani Monday! Step 1: We applied the Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Hand Cream and the Sally Hansen Nail Rehab Strengthener to Mimi's nails (as she'd been moving house so they were in desperate need of some TLC).
(FYI: We could have totally just worn this on our nails. Totes cute!)

Step 2: Choose your base colour and paint two even coats. This will be the base of your ombré. We chose the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic

Step 3: Using your sponge, dip your second colour (make sure the colour is bold enough to stand out from your base colour). We used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gray by Gray. Gently press on the tip on the nail. You want to focus the polish on the tip of the nail to give it that real ombré look!

Step 4: Once you have ombréd all your nails and left to dry, finish with a glossy top coat. We used Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
The Best Instagram Accounts For Nail Art Inspiration! With so many nail art designs to chose from, sometimes we need a helping hand! Here are our top Instagram accounts we always use for a little mani inspiration. 

1) Julia Murphree, PR for Maybelline New York

2) Katie Jane Hughes, Manicurist for Butter London (a brand we're DYING to have in SA)

3) Essie Polish, because we are all obsessed with Essie.

RELATED: Runway Nail Art Designs We're Obsessed With!

4) Lauren Conrad, beauty blogger.

5) Lily Allen, singer and nail extroidinare

6) Michelle Humphrey, Maybelline New York Nail expert

RELATED: Get Our Totally dorable Owl Mani!

7) Tom Bachik, celeb manicurist to starts like Zooey Deschanel and Global Nail Designer for L'Oreal Paris

8) Pshiiit_polish, french nail blog and queens of beauty inspo.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Our World Cup Inspired Mani Monday! In spirit of the World Cup, we decided to design our manis around the world cup final game - Germany Vs Argentina. Which one is your fave mani? Here's how to get both looks:


Step 1: Paint nails in a shade of yellow. Do two coats to make sure the colour is strong. Leave to dry.

Step 2: Using your striper brush, draw two stripes on each nail, alternating the direction on each nail. We then mirrored this for our other hand

Step 3: Using the same striper brush, clean off the black nail polish and dip into red. Now paint two lines in the opposite direction to the black lines.

RELATED: Get Our Totally Adorable Owl Mani

Step 4: Seal with a top coat


Step 1: Paint nails in a powder blue colour. Do two coats to make sure it's an even base colour.

RELATED: Runway nail Art Designs We're Obsessed With!

Step 2: Using your striper brush, take your white nail polish and mark out a V-shape at the tip of your nail and fill in with white. 

Step 3: Finish with a top coat.

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
DIY Your Own Gel Nails
Say a little thank you prayer to  the mani goddesses, because now you can do your gel nails at home. And lord knows, if I can do it, then anyone can!

The first thing you need to do is head down to your nearest Dischem and invest in an Essence Gel-at-Home kit. There's a whole range of products, but these are the ones I used. 


Gather all of your products (see above) plus the nail polish you want to use (any normal polish will work but we love Essence Colour and Go), some cotton wool and your laptop. The little LED lamp plugs into a USB prot, so you can plug it into the wall via an adaptor, or like I did, plug it into your laptop. Bonus, while you're waiting for each nail to set you can watch series, google 'otters holiding hands' (seriously do that. You're welcome in advance) or continue to look up helpful and hilarious COSMO article. Hint hint. 

Once you're set up, do the usual mani-prep stuff: remove old polish, cut, file, push back cuticles, whatever floats your boat.

RELATED: Ten Genius Things You Can Do With Your Nail Polish


Put some of the cleanser onto cotton wool, and rub it on each nail as if you were taking off nail polish. 


Pause that otter video now, beacuse you need to focus. Paint on a layer of the primer. Now go back to watching otters for a few minutes until it feels dry. 


This one is seriously tricksy so be careful, and be patient with yourself. You may need some practice one this step!

Take the peel-off gel base coat and carefully paint the THINNEST layer that you can onto your nails. Try not to paint all the way onto your cuticles, as the little bit of air between your skin and nail will cause the mani to peel prematurely. Rather leave a tiny gap between the gel and the edge of your nail. Nobody will see it ;). Also make sure you go all the way to the tip of your nail and paint slightly over so that the gel seals the ends of your nails. If your nails tend to peel like mine, this trick is VITAL.


This is where you'll wanna whip out some series. You need to put each finger under the LED lamp and press the button. It'll feel warm while the light is on (and it glows a COOL shade of purple, throwback to teenage parties where your white clothing glowed under the UV light). You need to put each finger under the lamp to set the gel. 

I cheated a little bit and put each finger under the lamp 2 or 3 times - my painting skills aren't the VERY best, so I wanted to make extra sure the gel set properly. 

RELATED:Our Denim Inspired Nails For Mani Monday


Now paint on your chosen colour over the gel base. Don't touch anything and mess it up! Wait for it to dry completely. 


This was my FAVOURITE step. Paint on the Effect Gel Top Coat. It's got bits of glitter in it. So pretty. It works the same as the Peel-Off Gel Base coat so do a very thin layer of that, and pop your nails back under the lamp.


Once you're very sure that your second coat of gel has set, take some more cotton wool with cleanser on it and rub it gently over your nails. This removes the sticky top layer of the gel and reveals a pretty, glossy, salon quality mani!


Finish with bit of oil on the cuticles. The Essence oil is especially nice because it has a little rolling ball that dispenses the oil without spilling it all over your couch. 


Take a selfie of your gorgeous new mani, tag @CosmopolitanSA and use the hashtag #COSMOPolished to show off your hard work. 

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Our Totally Adorable Owl Mani!

Step One: Choose a base colour and paint the fingers you're not going to have owls on (we chose to do accents of owls) 

Step Two: Place the ring binders on the nails that you'll paint your owls. This will make the owl's body. 

Step Three: Now choose the colours you want your owls to be. We went with a few colours including light blue and a rich purple. Paint these colours on the nails with the ring binders. Leave to dry completely.

Step Four: Pull off rings when nail polish is dry

Step Five: Using another colour, create the owl's chest and leave to dry.

Step Six: Using a dotting tool, create the eyes using another bright colour.

Step Seven: Using the same dotting tool, take anohter bright colour and do three dots for the feet and beak.

Step Eight: The final detail are the feathers which you can create by carefully creating little lines on the chest using black nail polish and your dotting tool.

Step Nine: Finish with a gel top coat so that this mani stays that little bit longer!

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
A Mani So Yummy We Want To Eat It! Step One: Start with a pale colour (this will help make sure you can see the cupcake), we went for a pale pink (and added some glitter becuase we couldn't resist!)

Step Two: Create the base of your cupcake with your chosen colour. 

Step Three: Take your striper brush and dip in a bright colour. This will make the detail on the cupcake base.

Step Four: Using a dotting tool (We totally DIY'd our dotting tool using a pinboard pin) dip into the colour for your 'icing' and place along the top of the cupcake base.

Step Five: Because we're girls and no cupcake is complete without edible glitter, we sprinkled ours with some nail art glitter for a finishing touch!

Step Six: Now it's time to create the cherry. using the same technique as before with the dotting tool, create a cherry on top of the icing.

Step Seven: To complete the look, we then went over our glitter AGAIN to give a 3D crystal sugar effect. How cute?

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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Runway Nail Art Designs We're Obsessed With! Fashion week is the PERFECT place to get mani-inspired. Take a look at these ten manis we're obsessed with! 

1) Alexandre Herchcovitch
We're always fans of the half moon mani. Simple and effective!


2) Libertine
It's glittery and sprakly. What girl wouldn't want this mani? 


RELATED: Ten Genius Things You Can Do With Your Nail Polish

3) Charlotte Ronson
Loving these dark nails for winter!


4)Tadashi Shoji
Gold elegance. Love!


5) Zimmermann
Thsi mani fuels our obsession with matte nails!


6)Nicole Miller
For our inner rockstars. Something a little edgier is always fun!


7) Vera Wang
It's Vera Wang. Do we need to say more?


8) Prabal Gurung
We're beyond obsessed with this striped mani. It takes 'simplicity' to the next level. What an easy way to instantly transform plain white nails!


RELATED: COSMO’s Mood Board: Nail Trends

9) Badgley Mischka Fall 2014
We're loving all things metallic from lips to nails! And with the added crystals? Bonus!


10) Betsey Johnson Fall 2014
We love this whimsical gold on blue!


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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Studded Mani Step One: File your nails into the desired shape, push back your cuticles — DO NOT CUT THEM! — and apply a basecoat.

Step Two: Grab your desired nail polish colour, your sequins and nail glue

Step Three: Apply two coats of your nail colour and leave to dry

Step Four: Apply a thin layer of nail glue where you would like to place the studs. Using your nail art applicator, use to pick up a stud. Place it carefully.

Step Six: Repeat this step on every nail.

Step Seven: Apply a top coat  and then go pin, Instagram, and tweet your DIY design with the hashtag #ManiMonday.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Candy Stripe Mani Step One:  File your nails into the desired shape, push back your cuticles — DO NOT CUT THEM! — and apply a basecoat. Then, swipe on two coats of an opaque white polish/ light pink polish. 

Step Two: Create the first set of stripes. Using a striper brush and a purple-colored polish, draw two thin lines a few millimeters apart down the center of your nail.

Step Three: Repeat step two using a pink polish. After you've cleaned your striper brush off with nail polish remover, dunk the tip in a pink shade, and paint two more stripes outside the purple ones. 

Step Four:  Clean your striper brush and apply your last nail polish shade. This time, choose a blue-shaded paint to fill in the last portion of your nail along the sides. 

Finally, add on a topcoat, and then go pin, Instagram, and tweet your DIY design with the hashtag #ManiMonday.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Our July Gold Leaf Mani Step One: Grab everythng you need! P.S. We used gold pigment powder to create the gold leaf effect. For an even easier mani, you can use a gold glitter!

Step Two: File your nails into the desired shape, push back your cuticles — DO NOT CUT THEM! — and apply a basecoat.

Step Three: After your base coat has dried, apply two coats of red nail polish
TIP: Let the first layer dry completely before applying your second layer. 

Step Four: Using your gold pigment powder, sprinkle over nail whilst your nail polish is still drying (this will ensure that the gold sticks)

Step Five: Repeat on all of your nails

Step Six: Finally, add on a topcoat, and then go pin, Instagram, and tweet your DIY design with the hashtag #ManiMonday.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Our Marbled Pastel Mani!
Step One: Get together everything you’ll need.

Step Two: File down your nails to desired shape and size and apply a base coat and cover your surrounding skin (around the nail) with vaseline. This will stop the colour from going onto your skin.

Step Three: Apply a layer of your chosen colour. This will be your base colour.

Step Four: Start by dripping your nail polish shades into the water. Alternating between your two colours.

Step Five: Take a paperclip and striaghten the one end and gently swirl the polish around to create a pattern.

Step Six: Dip your finger, nail pointing downwards, into the polish. Leave for a few seconds and remove. 

Step Seven: Clean up around the edges.

Step Eight: Apply a top coat to seal.

Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Denim Inspired Nails For Mani Monday
Step One: Get together everything you’ll need. 

Step Two: After filing down your nails, add a layer of base coat

Step Three: Apply either one or two layers of white nail polish depending on the thickness of the polish you are using.

Step Four: Using a french manicure brush, create your tip using the blue nail polish.
TIP: Take your time with this step as it can be quite fiddly!

Step Five: Add a generous layer of matt top coat once the rest of the polish has dried.

Et Voila! Your very own matte denim inspired nails

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Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Our June Triangle Mani
Here's what we used:

Step One: File down your nails and apply a thin layer of base coat

Step Two: Apply a few layers of your grey colour until you have an even layer of colour
TIP: Let the first layer dry fully before adding on the next layer

Step Three: using an angled brush and your black nail polish, make two strokes to create the triangle and fill in.


Step Four: Using the same brush and your silver nail polish, fill in the black triangle, but leave the outer edges so that you can still see the black.

Step Five: Once dry, add a top coat to seal all your layers and leave to dry.

Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Mani Monday With Nails Inc In the beauty office this week, you shall find glitter ALL over the floor thanks to our obsessions with the amazing Nails Inc Bling It On
Glitter. Here are our two fave looks using the black and silver glitter. (and of course we had to use our all time fave base coat)!

Here's how we did the glitter step:

For your chance to win a gorgeous Nails Inc Diary complete with 12 different nail polishes (one for each month), tweet, Instagram or Facebook us your mani using your favourite Nails Inc polish and don't forget to #COSMOpolished #NailsInc .

Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Ten Genius Things You Can Do With Your Nail Polish

1) Prevent costume jewlery from going rusty and tarnishing.

2) Seal an envelope

3) Thread a needle by dipping the end in nail polish and sealing the strays

4) Stop your stockings from running

5) Use to touch up worn spots on anything leather

6) Apply clear nail polish to labels to stop them from fading over time.

7) To prevent metal from rusting

8) Mark off the best temperature in the shower... GENIUS!

9) Paint the bottom of your favourite heels and create your own Louboutains

10) Tighten loose screws

Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The Quick Fix Mani

Step One: Prep nails by filing them down and buffing to desired shape

Step Two: Match up the correct size sticker to each fingernail.

Step Three: Carefully place sticker over fingernail and smooth down.
TIP: Avoid sticking it to any skin or cuticles, as this will make the sticker lift.

Step Four: bend excess sticker over the end of your nail, grab a file and file off the excess.

Look how gorgeous it is?

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Create Our Half Moon Mani

Step One:
File down your nails to desired shape and buff them to make sure the nail surface is smooth

Step Two:
Apply a generous layer of base coat

Step Three:
Apply one or two layers of your peach colour. Leave to dry completely

Step Four:
Using the white PVC rings, cut them in half and place one half at the bottom of each nail. This is your border to create the half moon.

Step Five:
Apply a layer of silver nail polish to cover the whole in the centre of each ring

Step Six:
Leave to dry completely and peel off ring.

Step Seven:

Using a corrector pen, clean up the edges were you might have made a mistake.

Step Eight:

Apply a layer of top coat to seal the nail polish

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Create The Glitter Tip Mani
What you’ll need:
Clear nail polish
Little tub (to tip excess glitter into)
Existing French mani

Step One: take the clear nail polish and apply a strip onto the tip of your nail (follow your French tip as a guideline)

Step Two: Place your fingertip over the tub and pour glitter onto nail.

Step Three: tap off excess glitter

Step Four: Repeat on all other nails.
(You can choose to do one nail at a time or all clear nail polish and then all glitter)

Don’t forget to Instagram/tweet/Facebook us your mani with the #COSMOpolished #ManiMonday to stand a chance to win some amazing gifts!
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Create Your Own Nail Stickers For mani Monday
Step One: Using a cellotape dispenser (like the one pictured below) create a few different strips of colour using your chosen anil polish colours. Leave to dry

Step Two: Once dry, cut each strip into various shapes or lines. We did a mixture of both to make a nice geometric pattern!

Step Three: Take one ‘sticker’ at a time and place them on your nails. Creating your pattern as you go along.

Step Four: Once you’ve layered and created all your patterns, apply a generous layer of topcoat.

Step Five: Upload to Facebook and tag us using #COSMOpolished & #ManiMonday

We can’t wait to see what you guys have created!!
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Get The Perfect Nude Mani
The prep work:
1) Remove all nail polish and remember to let your nails breather for a few days every other week. Just like our skin requires some ‘downtime’, our nails also need time to strengthen and become their smoothest self.

2) Choose your two nude shades – one slightly darker than the other. This will make up your first layer; (the darker shade) and the lighter shade will go on top!

3) File your nails down to your desired shape and buff them till smooth.

Polish Pro:

1) First apply a layer of base coat. This will help protect your natural nail and prevent any staining from the colour. You can be quite generous with your base coat!

2) Take your darker nude shade and apply one coat.
TIP: Leave a space at the bottom of each nail by your cuticle. You never want to get polish on your cuticle – it looks messy and will shorten the life of your mani as your skin secretes oil and disturbs the layers of nail polish.

Apply a few coats until you have a solid base.

3) Once dry, take your lighter nude shade and apply a couple of coats until you have your desired colour. The more the contrast between the two shades, the more the mani will pop!

4) Don’t forget the most important step – the topcoat. If you can get a gel top coat that’s even better! Apply one layer and leave to dry.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO’s Mood Board: Nail Trends
Amp up the wow factor with these mirrored metallics.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Our Lazy Girl's Mani For Mani Monday!
Step One: After filing down nails to desired shape, add a layer of base coat.

Step Two: Once dry; add a layer of your chosen nail polish colour that will be the bottom layer of this mani. Add another layer to get an even coverage.

Step Three: Once dry; add a layer of your next colour. Leave to get ‘tacky’ (tacky means before it’s dry, it becomes sticky)

Step Four: Take a piece of scrunched up plastic – we used a wrapper, and dab it on the nail. When you lift the plastic off, you should see that it’s taken some of the top layer off with it. This is what gives the ‘crinkle’ look.
BONUS: This is why it's so ingenious... you don't have to worry about perfect application of polish, because you get to 'mess it up' with the plastic. We love it!


Step Five: Repeat step on all nails. Do one nail at a time, i.e. put your second colour on one nail at a time.

Step Six: Once dry; apply a generous layer of topcoat.

And Voila! How amazing? Don't forget to upload your manis by using #COSMOpolished onto our Facebook and Instagram (@cosmopolitanSA) site! 

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Get Dita Von Teese's Sexy Nails At Home

Essential Number One: Epsom salts
No manicure is complete without an exfoliating treatment. Grab a large bowl and fill with luke-warm water and a teaspoon of the salt. It’s the perfect way to soften up the skin and your cuticles will push back easily.

Essential Number Two: Your tools 
We love the Studio Basics 6 Piece manicure set because it contains everything you could possibly need for a beautiful mani. It includes a nail clipper, nail file, cuticle pusher & scraper, cuticle trimmer, cuticles scissors, slant tip tweezers. But if you already have all of these tools separately then you’re ready to go.

Essential Number Three: Base coat & Top coat
Your base coat and topcoat is what is going to ensure that your manicure stays. You can’t beat a good base coat and topcoat!
TIP: A base coat will also prevent your fingernails from staining.

Essential Number Four: Quick dry nail polish
Waiting around for your mani to dry is the most ‘dangerous’ part of the entire manicure. By using quick dry nail polish, you help minimize the time that you could possibly damage your nails in.
TIP: We love our drop dry oils!! One drop on each nail and it’ll dry your polish in half the time (and it also acts as a cuticle treatment)

Essential Number Five: Nail polish remover
The best nail polish removers to use are those that are acetone free as they can then be used on both real and acrylic nails. Nail polish remover is essential to quickly fix mistakes or smudges or and also to remove old nail polish at the very beginning of your mani session.

And now, you can go out and flaunt your fabulous nails, knowing you're working your own beautiful creation - no extra expenses needed!

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
The New App That Is Going To Make Your Day
Introducing NailSnaps: an app that allows you to make nail art out of your Instagram pictures. LA-based designers Angel Anderson and Sarah Heering put the nail-care project up on Kickstarter, an initiative that helps companies get off the ground by letting people pledge to the idea with donations. If the company gets enough pledges, they get to keep the money and start their business.

NailSnaps involves taking pictures off Instagram and putting them in the NailSnaps app to create personalised nail art. The app allows you to use the entire picture or pieces of it to create customised nail art. You then send your design off to the NailSnaps team who will print and send your nail art to you. No more painstaking attempts to manually recreate that gorgeous design you saw on Pinterest – just take a picture instead!

While NailSnaps may not be available in South Africa just yet, we are sure it’s coming!

Article appeared originally on Marie Claire.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Life Changing Nail Polish Hacks 1) Smudged Nail Polish
This has got to be one of the most irritating things when it comes to painting our nails. But sometimes it's inevitable, so all you have to do is lick your finger and then using this finger push the nail polish back towards the edge of your nail. 

2) Chipped Nail Polish
Try and avoid chipped nail polish by re-applying a top coat every three days. But if you had it done in the salon and can't match the colour, try adding a layer of glitter to mask the chipped edges.

3) Nail Polish On Cuticle
And anywhere else other than your nail can be easily removed using a nail polish remover pen. But if you don't have one yet, simply dab a cotton swab into some nail polish remover

RELATED: Get Our July Gold Leaf Mani

4) Nail Polish Sticking to the Bottle
Old nail polishes tend to get messy around the lid and cause the lid to stick to the bottle. To stop this, take some vaseline and apply a thin layer around the neck of the bottle.

5) Removing Glitter Nail Polish
This is one of the trickest things to do when it comes to removing nail polishes. Take a cotton ball and soak it in a generous amount of nail polish remover. Take a square of tin foil, place the cotton ball on your nail and wrap the tin foil around your finger. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Your glitter nail polish will remove itself like magic!

6) Have you just broken or snagged a nail? Don't cry, follow these simple steps instead:

  • Cut a tiny piece of a tea bag (big enough to cover it and some of your nail)

  • Apply a generous layer of clear nail polish and place the piece of tea bag over the snag whilst it's still drying.

  • Apply another generous layer of clear nail polish on top, allow to dry and then add a third coat.

  •  After the clear nail polish dries, add your regular polish. And YAY you have a complete nail again! Phew!
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7) Use PVC white rings to help you do a half moon mani

8) Create a marbled mani by dropping and swirling nail polishes into water. 

9) Unscrew a tight lid using an elastic around the lid for better grip.

10) Loosen a nail polish lid by soaking it in warm water.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Get Cover Girl Ashley Benson's AMAZING Mani
Step One: Get together everything you’ll need. (We used a nail pen and dry drops to speed up the process)

Step Two: After filing down your nails, add a layer of base coat

Step Three: Apply a coat of deep blue nail polish 

Step Four: Next, take your nail art pen in red and start drawing your diagonal lines on each nails in the correct pattern and fill in

Step Five: Do the same for all your other fingernails
TIP: We mirrored what we had done on our left hand, for our right hand. For example, if the diagonal starts from the left on the left hand, then it’ll start from the right on the right hand

Step Six: After waiting for the nail polish to dry, add a generous layer of topcoat to seal it all together

Step Seven: This is any manicurist's secret tool – dry drops. Add a drop to each fingernail and watch it dry in half the time!

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Take A Look At Our Nail Crazy Week
On Monday we had our Mani Monday Look: Sparkle Grunge

On Tuesday we obsessed over all our beautiful Essie nail polishes. Eek!

On Wedenesday we loved everything sparkly!

And today (which is basically a Friday, Yay!) it's all about the weekend. We're loving these brand new GOSH nail polishes. 

To keep up to date with what's going on in the beauty office, follow our page @Cosmopolitansa :) And of course, if you haven't already, you NEED to go and get yourself a copy of our April issue, check out the cool free 3D mani stickers you get with the magazine!

Happy 'Friday' everyone! 
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Ways To Break Your Nail Biting Habits

So we’ve got our top five tips to help break you out of the unglam habit:

1) Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail biting polish. The nasty taste is enough to make anyone gag and hopefully enough to stop you holding your nose and gnawing away regardless.

2) Cut down the temptation … literally. Keep you nails short and you’ll be less likely to want to chew them off.

3) If you spend money on regular manicures, you may be tempted to keep them looking pretty for longer, therefore being less inclined to want to bite them. Hey, anything is worth a shot and at least this one gives you an excuse to visit the nail salon!

4) A lot of nail biters do it out of stress and anxiety. So why don’t you take up some yoga classes, meditation, deep breathing or even those fascinating stress balls. Or a glass of wine… A glass of wine is good.

5) Put a rubber band around your wrist and whenever you get the urge to bite your nails, snap the rubber band against your wrist. The pain should snap you back out of temptation. Listen, this one is a little weird we know. Has anyone tried this? I guess no pain no gain?
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Want To Know COSMO's Secret To Great Nail Polish?

TIP: It’s even great for keeping your cuticles in amazing condition and saves you from spending fortunes on a manicure every couple of weeks.

Here are our Favourite three dry oils: 
Inglot Dry & Shine Nail Drops
Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops
Mavala Oil Seal Dryer

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Sparkle/Grunge Mani Monday
Step one: Choose your base coat, dark nail polish and sparkle nail polish

Step two: After filing your nails to desired shape, add a layer of top coat

Step three: Pain two even coats of your dark nail polish, making sure that the first coat dries fully before applying your second coat

Step four: Apply a layer of glitter. To ombre this look, apply more on the ends of each nails working towards the cuticle.

Step five: After glitter has fully dires, apply a generous layer of top coat. This will help seal the glitter and retain a smooth surface so as to not catch on anything and chip the polish.

Step six: Instgram those beautiful nails!

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Celebrating Mani Monday With Matte Black
Step One: Prep nails by removing any existing nail polish. File nails down to desired shape whether and buff surface so that they're smooth. Apply a thin layer of base coat. 

Two: Choose the colour of your matte polish and your glitter nail polish AND don't forget your top coat!

Step Three: Add a few layers of your matte nail polish
TIP: Make sure each layer dries properly before you add another layer.

Step Four: Add a layer of glitter nail polish.

Step Five: To ombré the glitter, apply more gltter at the end of the nail. 
TIP: You can move the glitter around and position it whilst it's still tacky (not completely dry)

Step Six: Apply a generous layer of top coat to seal the glitter and matte nail polish.

Step Seven: Show your nails to the world by grabbing drinks with your girls. Or by asking your office crush out for coffee. Anything is possible with glitter! 

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Award Winning Nails From The Oscars 2014
Charlize Theron
We love the edginess of the dark manicure with her black dress. Charlize was dressed to perfection!
TIP: For an even edgier look, try a matte nail polish effect. We love Nail Lacquer Matt Effect Top Coat (R79) as just one coat of this bad boy and you can turn any of your nail polishes matte!

Emma Watson
We're loving ox-blood and rich plum colours right now! And how amazing is her jewellery?
TRY Revlon Nail Enamel (R94.95) Toast Of New York

Lady Gaga
Gaga went relatively 'normal' to the Oscars, and we loved her nude, non-fuss nails! Definitely a winning look for her.
TRY Nail Inc Gloss Nail Polish (R110) Elizabeth Street & don't forget a glossy top coat!

Jennifer Garner
This gorgeous shade of red gave Jennifer's look some added colour. 
TRY TRY Nail Inc Gloss Nail Polish (R110) St James

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Mani Monday with TOY Nail Polish DIY Nail Tools and for this week's mani Monday we bring you the polka dot mani by nail polish brand TOY. This Columbian brand 'TOY Nail Polish', sell the cutest nail polishes in every shade imaginable and we just love their DIY Polka Dot Mani. (TOY nail polish retails for R99)

To recreate this look:

STEP ONE: do a coat of silver glitter nail polish and choose two or three different colours for your polka dots. 

STEP TWO: To create the dotting tool, take a pencil with an eraser on the end, and stick a drawing pin into the eraser. 

STEP THREE: Dip the dotting tool into the chosen nail polish and dot frandomly on all of your nails. Wait to dry and do the same with the other colours.

STEP FOUR: Finish with a top coat.

For more awesome manis from TOY, check out their Facebook Page.

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Nail Art Inspired by Amy Adam's BAFTA Look

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Nail Art Inspired by Lily Allen's BAFTA Look

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Nail Art Inspired by Angelina's BAFTA Look

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Sneak Peek Of New House Of Holland Nails
You can get your hands on House Of Holland nails now from Dischem stores nationwide and they're to die for! Juana, our beauty editor got the chance to meet Henry when he came to South Africa, to launch his new nail collection.

Something even cooler is that the beauty editors even had the chance to see the nails, that are about to be launched now, and were asked their opinions on which ones they liked for the new collection! 

Here's the video for your eyes to feast on. It's an artistic masterpiece to be honest!

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Mani Monday With The Morgan Taylor Glitter Mani
Step one) Apply your first layer of Morgan Taylor glitter nail lacquer
(Morgan Taylor in It’s My Party)

Step Two) Let the nail polish become 'tacky' (not completely dry) and apply another layer of glitter nail polish.
TIP: The great thing about Morgan Taylor glitter nail polish is that you can move the glitter around until you get the desired coverage of glitter.


Step Three) Apply a top coat to lock in the glitter nail polish.
(Morgan Taylor Need For Speed Fast Dry Nail Top Coat)

Each bottle retails for R110 and is currently available in Stuttafords and will soon be launched into all Sorbet stores at the end of March.

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Morgan Taylor Launches In South Africa
We love this brand as their philosophy is to create professional products by professionals so that we definitely get the best for our money. Not only are the array of colours amazing, but you have not seen glitter nail polish until you've seen Morgan Taylor's. Everything from the texture to the application is perfect, and everything you could need in a nail polish. 

When we arrived we were greeted with bubbles and Canapés fit for a queen. We were given a short presentation on the thinking behind the brand and then got to experience all the different types on nail polishes available. 

Each bottle retails for R110 and is currently available in Stuttafords and will soon be launched into all Sorbet stores at the end of March. We are definitely excited to have this brand in South Africa!

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Get The Cute V-Day Mani  
Step 1) Collect all your tools : Nail varnish remover, file, buffer, base coat & top coat, nail polish
Step 2) Remove any existing nail polish
Step 3) Buff your nails to create a smooth surface
Step 4) File down your nails to desired shape
Step 5) Apply a layer of your glittery nail polish. Add as many layers until you have the desired coverage
Step 6) Add your nail sticker carefully (you can use a tweezer if it's easier)
Step 7) Add a top coat and voila! 

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
DIY Nail Tools You’ll Definitely Want nails that look next to impossible to execute. Ever wondered how to get these looks in a matter of seconds? Your wish is our command! We’ve found six ingenious ideas to get your nails looking like they should be gracing the next Vogue cover.

The Liquid Eyeliner

If you can use it on your eyes, then why not use it for creating precise solid lines on your nails to? All you need to do is clean and rinse the brush, and get painting!!

The Eye Shadow Applicator Brush
These little brushes are great because they’re cheap and available at most pharmacies. They’re perfect for creating ombré- inspired nails, as they gently take away some of the nail polish leaving an awesome effect.

The Paper Towel
The paper towel trick can be used to create a snake-skin like effect. You simply place a piece of paper towel over the nail and paint through with the desired color. Definitely a penny saver!!

The Band Aid
Use a plaster with small little holes to create a polka dot effect on your nails. Place the plaster over the entire nail and paint over the plaster with your desired color. Don’t forget to make sure the underneath coat is completely dry before putting on the plaster.

The Pencil Eraser & Sewing Pin as a Dotting Tool
Bored at work, school, varsity or in any similar vicinity?? Why don’t you create your own nail-dotting tool? Simply insert a pin with a bobble on the end, into the eraser on top of your pencil and there you have it. The cheapest dotting tool known to mankind!

Sticky Tape for Lines & Other Geometric Patterns
Cello-tape seems to have endless amounts of uses, from eye makeup to nails! All that is required is to cut and stick – experiment COSMO girls… the possibilities are endless with this one!

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Mani Of The Month - The Purple French Step One:
Buff and shape nails, then remove oil from the surface of each with nail-polish remover

Step Two:
Apply a clear base coat and give it enough time to dry completely

Step Three:
Sweep a light purple or lilac polish over each nail. Apply a second coat for a more even finish.

Step Four:
Apply a thin strip of darker polish to the tip of each nail (as with a traditional French)

TIP: If you're not that confident, use a guide to ensure precision

Step Five: 
Once nails are dry, apply a top coat for shine and strength

Step six:
Finish with cuticle oil, or nourishing cream to condition and maintain cuticles.


Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Cute Mani Alert
Watch as Juana takes Candice's cool, blue mani to a super fun manicure in seconds.

@cosmopolitansa Upgrade your mani with these cute little nail stickers!! #COSMOBeauty #nails #pretty #cosmo #beauty #love ]]>
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Get Your Movember Mani On
Do your part for Movember this month - get your nails did!

Step 1: You will need a base colour, black polish, a topcoat and a paper clip

Step 2: Paint your nails with a base colour. Our Beauty Editor, Juana, decided to go for a summer pink.

Step 3: Use the end of the paper clip and create two large dots at the centre of your nail near the tip using your black polish. Then create two small dots equidistant from the large dots so that you have a guide to help you create an even moustache.

Step 4: Connect the dots to create your moustache handles.

Step 5: Neaten up your handiwork by making sure that the two large dots join in the middle.

Step 6: Apply a topcoat et voila! Movember mani complete.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
WATCH: Mani of the month

Check out for more great tips.

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Minell Nails Recreates Mani of The Month Look Beauty Ed's Riri Nails, recreates the reverse mani look worn by Zoe Saldana seen on page 26.

Check out her fab Facebook page Nail Art Done by Minell 
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Spotted in the Beauty Office - Revlon By Marchesa
This exclusive Limited Edition textured appliques inspired by Marchesa runway gowns (R89,95) come in eight intricate designs. Perfect for turning any plain mani to one that deserves a standing ovation!

Available at selected pharmacies and department stores from November 2013.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
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TIP ONE: Keep nails dry and clean – this prevents a build up of fungi or bacteria underneath your nails.

TIP TWO: Keep them moisturised: apply hand lotion to your nails & cuticles as well as your hands.

TIP THREE: Allow your nails to ‘breathe’ by leaving them without polish on in-between changing colors.
Hint: Apply a strengthening polish or a nail rescue treatment instead.

TIP FOUR: Keep your nails trimmed and shaped
Hint: when filing your nails, file them in one direction! The back and forth motion makes nails weaker.

TIP FIVE: Don’t abuse your nails by picking, biting or chewing your nails and cuticles


Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
WATCH: MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Nail Art fashion trends we saw on the red carpet – which are making their way on to our nails, just in time for spring! A big trend for spring? Leopard-print nails. If you need some inspiration for your next manicure, check out this fab warm-weather-friendly nail-art tutorial by nail-art designer Chi Chi, inspired by what Katy Perry wore to the VMA’s. The Roar singer donned an edgy animal-print dress from Emanuel Ungaro's fall 2013 collection, and Chi Chi shows us how to create this animal-print look.

One word: Roar!

For more VMA-inspired nail art, check out Nails By Chi Chi
For more Beauty Tips, click here

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
COSMO Polished Joburg 2013
Guests were served canapés and delicious Chambord and Champagne cocktails and enjoyed entertainment by Jared Coetzee. 

But the highlight of the evening was, of course, Revlon Nail Guru Chi Chi, who showed the girls three nail art techniques: ombre, dotting and water marbelling. Revlon nail technicians helped all the readers to achieve the perfect polish and each of the girls left with a great Revlon goody bag!

Check out the pics from the event by clicking on the image below:

Special thanks to our sponsor!
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
COSMO Polished Cape Town 2013
Guests were served canapés and delicious Chambord and Champagne cocktails and enjoyed entertainment by Shen FM. 

But the highlight of the evening was, of course, Revlon Nail Guru Chi Chi, who showed the girls three nail art techniques: ombre, dotting and water marbelling. Revlon nail technicians helped all the readers to achieve the perfect polish and each of the girls left with a great Revlon goody bag!

Check out the pics from the event by clicking on the image below:

Special thanks to our sponsor:

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
COSMO Polished Workshops
For the latest nail-art trends and products, and stylishly mani-fique hands, get to our Polished workshops.

You will enjoy delicious canapés, yummy cocktails and great entertainment as Revlon experts teach you the do’s and don’ts of the perfect manicure.

And you won’t leave empty-handed: we’re throwing in fab goodie bags for you to take home. Limited space is available, so be the first to book!


Cape Town
Thursday 30 May 2013
Time: 6.30 for 7pm

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2013
Time: 6.30 for 7pm

COST: R175 per person

*Please note: Venue details and more information on what to expect will be supplied in your confirmation e-mail once tickets have been purchased.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
ADVERTORIAL: Dream Nails Beauty
Nails are the most fashion-forward accessory in the beauty industry and we make it our mission to make great, fashionable nails accessible and fun for everyone who is interested in expressing themselves both stylishly and creatively.

Well-known to most South Africans, Dream Nails Beauty is proud to be considered a leader in this field. The Dream Nails Beauty franchise group will be turning 28 this year and has 30 salons countrywide. Nora Barnard, a woman who made a significant contribution to the beauty industry, founded the brand. Dream Nails Beauty offers the best in nail enhancements and beauty services along with well-known retail offerings. Only the best nail enhancement products (NSI) are used in Dream Nails Beauty salons. NSI have been recognised for its superior quality products throughout the world.

Dream Nails Beauty is setting the latest nail trends with its in-store GlamBook. This style guide is compact, as well as informative for both new and existing clients and offers a snapshot of the latest products, colours and trends.

Dream Nails Beauty offers a two-week guarantee on all new nail enhancements. Our staff receives constant, top-quality training to ensure that you, our valued customer, receives the best service from our Dream Nails Beauty salons.

Enter our competition and you could win Dream Nails Beauty gift cards worth R250 each!

For more info call 0861 112 222 or visit You can find Dream Nails Beauty on Facebook or follow @DreamNails_SA on Twitter.
Wed, 01 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Fake A Spa-Perfect Pedicure
The Prep: Dampen feet and rub on a scrub to slough off dead skin. Rinse, then pat dry.

Trim your nails with clippers so that they extend just slightly beyond the tops of your toes. Then, file nails into squares with rounded edges and glide over with a buffer to even out any ridges on the surface.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Nail Dos and Don'ts
Do coat the outside of the nails with polish or ridge fillers to help protect the nail and prevent breaking and splitting.

Don't push the cuticle back too far, and trim only the part that has started to lift away from the nail.

Do clean all nail implements and change your nail file often. Bacteria and other microbes can get transferred by the nail tools you use, causing infection or harm to the matrix.

Don't use your fingernails to open letters. This destroys the cuticles, which destroys the nail matrix and affects nail growth and strength.

Do apply hand cream frequently, especially after you're done washing your hands, and pay attention to the cuticle area.

Don't overuse nail-polish remover. Use a minimal amount on the nail, and avoid getting too much on the cuticle and skin.

Do wear gloves to protect nails and cuticles from housework, gardening and washing dishes.

Don't leave an ingrown nail untreated, as infections can cause long-lasting damage to the nail. Disinfect the area regularly, and if the infection persists visit your GP.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Polished and Pretty
COSMOPOLITAN and Revlon decided to get creative recently by giving readers the opportunity to play around with nail art and create masterpieces out of their fingertips. Two fabulous Sex And The City-inspired girls' nights out were arranged, one in Jo'burg and one in Cape Town, where a handful of COSMO girls were treated to champers, Grey Goose Vodka cocktails and delectable Café Culture Wine.

The vibey Jo'burg workshop was held at the stunning House Of Fashion where readers got to explore the one-of-a-kind garments the boutique has on offer, while the Cape Town girls drank in the view of the beautiful Mother City as they sipped their cocktails from the glamorous Hip House Penthouse.

Nail art was not the only entertainment on offer. Chiano Sky had everyone in awe in Jozi, while the all-boy a capella group, D7, left the Cape Town crowd breathless.

The best mani of the night won a R1 000 Revlon gift hamper – picking a winner wasn't easy, as our readers got really creative. But, no one walked away empty-handed. Each participant received a cool goodie bag and a three-month subscription to COSMO.

Thanks, Revlon! You rock.

Take a look at pics from the #COSMOPolished workshops below.



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Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Pretty Pink Nails

'Baby pink polishes are for English-Rose complexions, pink-based nudes suit olive skin tones and those with dark complexions can carry off any pink,' says Deborah Lipmann, celebrity manicurist.
'If you're unsure about which shade suits you, look at your cuticles,' Deborah says. 'They'll look yellow if it's the wrong shade.'
Light nail colours generally play down any flaws, so if you don't want to attract too much attention to your hands, then pale is the way to go.

THE COSMO TEAM SUGGESTS: Revlon Posh Pink Nail Polish, (R89.95) or Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 360 Raspberry Fields Forever (R34.95).

Wed, 30 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Nailing It!
Q: 'I have soft, damaged and bitten nails - what can I use to strengthen them?'
A: The reason for your soft, brittle nails could be a lack of keratin, a substance that helps protect nails against splitting, cracking and tearing. Try using Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle, as it contains soy protein that helps strengthen and lengthen your nails without brittleness. Collagen and multi-vitamins also help to stimulate healthy nail growth.

Q: 'I have short nails that break and just won't grow - why?'
A: Short, breaking nails could be a result of a lack of protein in your diet. Make sure you are eating well-balanced meals with plenty of protein, especially if you're vegetarian. There are also products on the market that help strengthen nails, e.g. Sally Hansen Maximum Growth contains Exclusive Silk Protein formula that creates a strong foundation for healthy nail growth and helps to reinforce soft, bitten, weak, or thin nails. This ultimately reduces splitting and peeling.

Q: 'I hate it when my nail polish chips within the first three days of application. What can I use to make my nail polish last longer?'
A: Given how busy your hands are, you will have to invest in a quality nail varnish and be prepared to apply a number of layers. In order for your colour to last, you need to apply a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment and a top coat (some brands sell these in a set, e.g. Sally Hansen's Salon Manicure). If you want to prevent chipping, Sally Hansen's No Chip Acrylic Top Coat seals nail colour with a smooth, hard, high-gloss finish, so you can change that flat tyre and stay perfectly manicured.

Q: 'My nails are soft and very ridged. What can I use to fix this?'

A: Ridged nails could be caused by a lack of calcium in your diet. Dairy remains the best source of calcium, so make sure you're eating enough milk, cheese and yoghurt. Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener contains Advanced Calcium and Ceramic gel formula that instantly bonds and seals weak nails to build a hard, defensive shield that protects against bending and breaking. The fortifying treatment fills in ridges and imperfections so even ridged nails look smooth, healthy and shiny.

Q: 'I'm always painting my nails in a hurry and end up smudging them. What I can use to dry them quickly?'

A: In the old days you'd have to wave your hands around for 15 minutes until your varnish dried, but now you can apply a sheer top coat which makes your nails dry to the touch in as little as 30 seconds. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Speed Drops penetrates from base coat to top coat, and dries your manicure completely in just five minutes.

Q: 'I love wearing dark, dramatic colours, but I hate that they stain my nails yellow. What can I do to prevent this?
A: To prevent your nails from yellowing, simply apply a base coat. This forms a barrier between the nail and the nail varnish, and will protect it from the staining properties of darker nail varnishes.

Q: 'How do I prevent my hands from ageing?'
A: Many women forget to moisturise their hands, but because the hands are exposed to the sun on a daily basis, as well as being one of the hardest working parts of the body, it is essential to invest in a good hand cream. Sally Hansen's Firming Hand Crème instantly makes your hands look at least 10 times younger by lifting, firming and brightening the skin. Make sure you always have a tube in your bag, and reapply every time you expose your hands to the harsh chemicals of soap.

To buy any of the above Sally Hansen products, click here.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
What Your Nail Polish Says About You
Pillar Box Red: You're a sexy, ultra femme and not afraid to use your sexuality to get what you want. Dita von Teese is your idol, and you love glamorous, tight-fitting clothes with a slightly retro flair. You're big on sequins and feathers, and you don't like being seen without your hair and makeup perfectly done. As a girlfriend, you're inclined to be (very) high maintenance.

Bright Pink: You thrive on attention, and tend to be the loudest person in the room. You're a non-conformist, and you don't like being told what to do or follow rules. You like your look to be polished and well put-together, and you usually show a bit of cleavage. Your man has to be strong and successful, and not intimidated by bold, brassy women.

Black: You're either a committed goth, a raging rock chick or an edgy hipster who loves pushing the limits of fashion. Your wardrobe is predominantly black, you probably have a piercing and/or tat and you make guys' parents more than a little nervous when they meet you. You're artistic, intellectual and unconventional, and probably made it to The Tallest Man On Earth after party.

Blue Or Green: Greetings, Hippie Chick! Bet your apartment is a morass of sandalwood and beads and that you haven't bought a razor in years. You love being out in nature, going barefoot, and are attracted to slightly stoned poets with long hair and goatees. You're super easygoing and friendly. Just hope that nice sky-blue polish isn't hiding grubby toenails.

Grey Or Brown: You're a stylish follower of fashion and all things that come with a big price tag. Your wardrobe contains as many designer items as you can afford, and you're not the type to rough it. You like the finer things in life, and your man had better have some serious earning potential. You're inclined to be snobbish and just a little bit uptight, but you always look amazing.

The Neons: You're usually found at outdoor raves and sweaty clubs, shaking your plastic bracelets about on the dancefloor. You're not the most ambitious in the world, and can't do the whole 9-to-5 thing. For this reason you're perpetually broke. But you're warm and non-judgmental, and you make a great (if slightly out of it) girlfriend.

White: You think you're a non-conformist, but actually you're a commitment-phobe and inclined to be very indecisive. If you can't even pick a proper nail colour, what chance do you have of deciding the important stuff? Your wardrobe is an eclectic mixture of styles, and you're open-minded about the kind of guy you date. You tend to go with the flow, and are easily influenced by other peoples' opinions.

Pale Pink:
You're the ultimate girly-girl who adores frills and ruffles, floral prints and diamanté accessories. You're conservative, need your partner to be old-fashioned and gentlemanly, and believe in fixed gender roles. Men love your softly feminine wiles, and you have coyness and game-playing down to a fine art. But behind all the ruffles and fluff, it's actually you calling the shots.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Paint Job
When it comes to choosing the right shade, hold three colours that you like against your skin. The colour that 'pops' is the perfect one for you.

Before applying nail varnish, clean the entire nail with a cotton ball soaked in acetone. Even if your nail is 'clean', this removes any naturally occurring oils from the nail plate. This allows the varnish to last longer.

Applying a thin layer of base coat protects the nail plate from getting stained yellow and allows the colour to last longer on the nail plate.

When applying your colour, make sure there's enough varnish on the brush for the entire nail. Paint one stroke down the middle followed by one on the right side of the middle line and then on the left side. Doing this twice gives bold colour and an even application.

Clean up the sides with an orange stick soaked in acetone.

Finish off with a thin layer of top coat to give extra gloss and protection to the colour you have applied.

A mistake people often make after finishing off is trying to blow, wave or even use a hairdryer to dry the nails… don't! This causes your nail varnish to bubble. Rather be patient and let it dry naturally for a guaranteed smooth-looking nail.

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
Finger Tips

1. Clean any existing polish off nails and push back cuticles. Prepare clean nails for a fresh coat of polish by buffing with a buffing sponge.
2 .File nails into neat squared-off ovals, and keep them shortish – long talons are dated.
3. Apply a base coat of clear or opaque polish. This will prevent the nails from being stained yellow by the high pigment content of red polishes.
4. Apply polish using short strokes, from cuticle to tip. Do the centre first, then either side.
5. Allow nails to dry completely before adding a second coat.
6. Finish off with a clear, chip-resistant top coat.

Pale skins look best with pinky reds that have blue undertones, olive skins look best with more orange-toned fruity reds and dark skins look best with deep, slightly brown reds.
Just after you have painted your nails – before they are completely dry – drop a tiny splash of oil onto the cuticle area, using an eye dropper. This helps seal the cuticles and prevents the polish from bleeding into them.
Red nails will most certainly draw attention to your hands – so take care to keep hands well moisturised.
Dunking fingertips quickly into a bowl of iced water will help speed up the drying process and set polish. But don’t use heat – it will make the polish tacky.
Fix up any mistakes using a tiny bit of cotton wool wrapped around an orange stick and dipped into nail-varnish remover. Gently rub over the area to remove unwanted varnish.

Fri, 30 May 2008 12:00 +0200
The DIY Manicure

1. Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water and soak your hands for a few minutes to soften the skin and the nails.

2. Wash your hands with a gentle soap and give them a good scrub with exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells and make them super-soft.

3. If necessary, remove any old nail polish.

4. Shape nails using a fine-grit file - it'll prevent nicks in the side of the nails, as it's gentler than other files.

5. Apply a cuticle treatment and gently push back the cuticles using a cuticle stick.

6. Apply a thick layer of hand-cream, cover your hands with a pair of plastic gloves and relax in front of TV for ten minutes while your hands get soften.

7. Using water only, rinse off the hand cream and dry your hands with a towel.

8. Before you apply nail polish always apply a base coat, as this protects the nail and helps prevent chipping.

9. Apply one coat of polish in three neat strokes, starting in the centre and extending to the tip. Wait until it's completely dry, then apply a second coat.

10. Always follow up with a top coat to prolong the life of your manicure.

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200