Nail trends

Nail art

Thanks to a host of trend-setting stars and cool couture runway shows, tantalising talons are taking the beauty world by storm.

Gone are the days when immaculate make-up, preened locks and a show-stopping outfit meant you were camera-ready - now no look is complete without some look-at-me nail art to boot.

Loretta of Bella Loretta Nails tends to the talons of the stars, and knows the importance of gorgeously painted nails.

Whether you prefer quirky stand-out designs or something a little more sophisticated-looking, Loretta believes no fashionista's style is complete without it.

The nail artist advises you should "practice, practice, practice" to create the perfect DIY nail designs and has revealed the easiest look to initially try out at home.

"I would say Polka dots are a really easy and effective nail design for any beginner, they are a huge fashion trend on your finger tips and with our clothing, it never seems to date," she told Cover Media.

Loretta also revealed her top nail trends for the Spring/Summer 13 season, advising budding painters to ditch over-done styles.

"Pastel colours are everywhere at the moment, they are just so fresh and eye-catching. Glitter is always a big must in my eyes too, something that will never date," she explained.

"I think the one design on the ring finger is over now, change it up!"

Nail artist requires precision and patience, something Loretta has perfected over time. The beauty pro suggests "going with it" if you have a DIY disaster.

"Try and create a new design...failing that you'll have to turn it in to a marble looking nail," she smiled, before adding how to make polish last longer and not chip.

"I would avoid applying the layers too thick, it's always better thinner as it will dry easier and quicker."

With an overwhelming amount of nail products on the market at the moment, it can get confusing when buying something to do the job.

Loretta has revealed her fail-safe polishes and favourite finds.

"I love to use Bella Pierre nail varnishes and Barry M. Bella Pierre because their nail varnish goes on so smoothly and dries very quickly with a matte finish and Barry M because their colours are so wide and always on trend," she said.

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