Bright, bold and colourful nails are big news for summer. With neon and tropical shades being perfect for the forthcoming Brazillian football onslaught, and pastel hues being a more wearable alternative, there won’t be a nude nail in sight. If you want your nail varnish to really pop, then a simple trick used by the professionals will help to bring out the pigment and make colour stronger. A white base helps create a great starting point for nail varnish, ensuring the colour is as strong as possible; it’s like colouring pens on a fresh white notebook vs a tatty piece of yellow sugar paper… The white base will always provide the strongest colour result. OPI have launched their Natural Nail Base Coat ‘Put A Coat On’ Bright Colour Booster, which not only helps to neutralise any yellow tones or unsightly pigments that can cause the colour to be distorted, but it ensures a smooth and uniform base.
Although there’s nothing particularly revolutionary about this polish, it’s a great way of enhancing the bright colours we love so much when the sun gets a little hotter. Any white polish will do the job exactly the same, so there’s no need to invest in a pricey OPI version, but getting into the habit of applying a white base before a strong or pastel shade will help create an even more perfect look. Below I’ve painted the white base, a summer shade and a combination of the two – the difference is subtle when photographed, but it really does make a difference in reality. This is a great tip to use when applying pastel shades, bright blues or tropical oranges; the white really helps the shades to pop and create a striking finish that will have you beach and cocktail ready in no time.
The OPI Natural Nail Base Coat is available online priced £11.95