Splash out with neon nails this summer
Hot-n-hip talon hues to beat the heat.
Neha Dhupia pairs them with neutrals. Rani Mukherjee likes experimenting to jazz up her style. Asin adores them, period. Beyond our shores, everyone from Katy Perry to Rihanna and Kim Kardashian likes flaunting them. Neon nails are the biggest—and dare we say easiest to adopt—color trend this summer. What’s more, they’re also the most wearable nail trend; no fiddly stones, glitters and stick ons to mess around with. You’ll soon discover it’s the coolest, multihued way of making a modern color statement that embodies the carefree sparkly colors of summer
If you’re already shuddering at the thought sporting electric blue or pungent purple, relax! Even for the most adventurous among us, going all out neon can be blinding. Luckily, there are plenty of ways of wearing neons low key and creatively; and therein lies their appeal. You can just add a pop of this season’s favorite hues to look on trend. You could for instance, jazz up your fave nude polish or French manicure with an ‘icing’ of neon on the tips. Start small and gradually go all out as you feel more confident. It’s a look that’s bright, bold and flirty without being in your face because you can always tone down your look by pairing it with neutrals. What’s more, most neons look stunning on glowing sun kissed skin tones, in other words, Indian complexions!
So which neons are right for you?
Practically every nail polish worth its brand, from Max Factor and Rimmel to Lakme and Revlon, offer a huge range of neon hues to suit all personalities and lifestyles. If you’re unsure of what would look nice, bight pinks, corals, lavender and melon look awesome on all skin tones and occasions. Nykaa especially loves Rimmel Lycra Pro Professional Finish Nail Polish, Shades Urban Princess, Coral Romance, Grape Sorbet, Velvet Rose, Lakme Absolute Fast & Fabulous Nail Polish, Shades Spicy Pink, Fuchsia Pink, and Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel, Shades Rouge in Style, Rose Cupcake. All these shades look great for a day on the beach and transition well to the workplace provided you tone them down with sober black, beige, gray and navy blue. Meanwhile, you could unleash your inner artist with more adventurous limes, yellows, turquoise and citrusy tints for night’s out. Take your pick of Shades Banana, Acid Blue, Turquoise Glitter from O.P.I Nail Lacquer or Shades Exclusive, Lime Margarita, Pina Colada from Colorbar Nail Enamel Exclusive.
Luckily for women who work in more creative or non-corporate settings like advertising and communication can go the whole hog and try bold and bright neons across the color spectrum. And now with the advent of summer neon bright tips and toes look gorgeous when paired with strappy wedges and sunny dresses. Nykaa loves Elle 18 Nail Pops Nail Polish, Shades 61, 62, 65, 68, 69 and 70, and Shades Pinkalicious, Keep up the Fame, Tangerine Treat and Shocking Seas from Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer (In 40 shades).
Neons for all complexions
The trick to pulling off a cute neon look is keeping your nails medium length. Then try on a few shades to see what works for you. If neon yellow makes your skin look sallow, try a slurpy coral or acid green instead. Rule of thumb for fair skinned gals: dark neon purples, bright blues and hot pinks look amazing. Give Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Polish, Shades Mystic Hue, Blue Royale and Pink Burst a try. Tone it down with a pale lippie for day wear and spice things up with a hot pink lipstick to transition from day to night.
Meanwhile wheatish complexions look great in bright corals, juicy oranges and sunny yellows because these shades add a glow to the yellow undertones in such complexions. Try Lakme Absolute Fast & Fabulous Nail Polish, Shades Flaming Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Crimson Pink. Complement the look with a coral lippie and bronze eyeliner.
Finally dusky skins look best with electric red or orange, lavender and turquoise neon nails. Nykaa loves Lakme Absolute Nail Tint, Shades Orange Squash and Blue Breeze, and Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel, Shades Chili, Orchid and Bubble. Pair this with turquoise eyeliner and red or orange lipstick and you have a winner on your hands!
To carry off the neon look with elan you’ve got to keep chips and nicks at bay. The best way to do this is applying a base coat—to prevent yellowing, a common problem with brighter shades—two coats of the neon hue of your choice, followed by a layer of top coat (Revlon Color Stay Top Coat). Another useful tip: Since most neon shades are sheer, you could try wearing a regular coat of opaque white polish (Deborah 7 Days Long Nail Enamel, Shade 0, 21) under it to make the color really pop. Now go wow up your tips and toes in your very own shades of neon.