Remember last year when everyone did the neon nails thing? I was convinced that would be my summer nail colour for life. Yes, life (its a big commitment but that’s how much I love them). Well, it turns out I’m going to have to alternate between neon and pastel (a summer timeshare, if you will) because now I love them both equally – as if they were my children.
Pastels are sweet and nostalgic, which is why they lend themselves so well to playful designs. Instagram is full of mismatch patterns and nail art (pastel clouds art particularly dreamy). A twist on the classic French mani is the coolest way to wear them. Go with candyfloss-coloured tips – bonus points if they’re asymmetric or ombre.
You don’t need to worry about pastel nails washing you out. Opt for the most flattering in terms of your skin tone if you’re unsure. Generally, the undertone of your skin and the pastel should compliment each other. So, cool (mint, baby blue, lilac) on cool skin and warm (peach, pink, orange, yellow) on warm. There are no rules really though.
By Beth Ludolf