Nail the DIY looks with our top tips

Polka dot nails, from Polish You Pretty by Jenny Stencel and Danielle Black, published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced �9.99. Picture: PA Photo/Polish You Pretty.
Polka dot nails, from Polish You Pretty by Jenny Stencel and Danielle Black, published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced �9.99. Picture: PA Photo/Polish You Pretty.

Bring out your inner van Gogh with your nail polish.

Nude nails are a big trend this season, but if you want an antidote to the sea of bland talons then it’s time to get flamboyant.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Nail art has taken the beauty industry by storm with a palette of paints and endless tools to create modern masterpieces.

“It’s OK if you weren’t the most talented student in your school art classes, and you don’t have the steadiest of hands,” assures Danielle Black, co-author of new book Polish You Pretty. “All you need is a little practice and the right tools.”

Forget jewellery, shoes and bags, and make nail art your show-stopping accessory.

Talon tricks

Transform your coffee table into a DIY nail bar and don’t panic if you’re lacking a rainbow spectrum of enamel colours.

“You can achieve great nail art designs with a few simple colours but essential shades include a neutral, a white and a black,” says Black. “When buying polishes, look for flat, creamy, opaque colours rather than sheer shades.”

Start off simple and if you want to create more elaborate designs, invest in nail art brushes to achieve a more technical finish. Topshop has a full set for £7 (www.topshop.com).

Dotting tools give you professional results if you’re looking to create small circles. Amazon.co.uk has a great, affordable selection but filed-down cocktail sticks/toothpicks or the end of a hairpin also work.

One thing you need on your side with nail art is time. Before you even start on your design, you need to apply a base coat to give the nail polish a good foundation and avoid chips. Once your art attack is complete, allow to dry and then seal your design with a top coat.