Overuse of gel and acrylic polishes can leave nails brittle and prone to breakage, so it’s no wonder there’s a wave of women opting for nakedness.
“Women are finding that extensive use of synthetic nail treatments are really affecting their natural nail growth and condition,” says CHANEL manicurist Jocelyn Petroni, who offers a signature Naked Manicure at her Sydney-based salon.
Ditching the polish, even just for a couple of months, is a great way to get nails back on track. But don’t think you have to sacrifice good grooming. “There is a clean beauty trend where women are opting for a more natural beauty look and this includes how you treat and care for your nails,” says Petroni, who has tended to the nails of Miranda Kerr, Victoria Lee and Jessica Gomes. “This is a low maintenance option yet is equally as chic as a full set of block-colour nails.”
Three 'naked' nail treatments to try: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener; Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthener in Natural; CHANEL La Base Protective and Smoothing
The other plus of a naked manicure? “It lasts the longest as there is no polish or product to chip off the nail plate,” explains Petroni.
If your nails are in peak condition, a nude shade of nail polish elevates a bare manicure. “Classic, feminine nails stand the test of time,” says Petroni. “A nude polish manicure is the most elegant natural nail look; it complements all skin tones, and hand and nail shapes.”
If you're looking for more nail inspo, check out our story on Amal Clooney's go-to nail colours.
What do you think of the naked manicure? Will you be giving it a go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
This article was originally published on marieclaire.com.au and appeared in the July 2019 issue of marie claire.
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marie claire Beauty Director, Sally Hunwick joined the marie claire team in 2017. Previously Sally has worked on Cosmopolitan as Beauty and Lifestyle Director, Women’s Health as Contributing Beauty Editor, and Harper's BAZAAR and Dolly as Beauty Writer and Beauty Editor respectively. An award-winning journalist with a long-running career both in Australia and in the UK, Sally is passionate about all things beauty and health.