Go chrome or go home

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Give your nails a refreshing new look with chrome-inspired polish. Pinterest reports chrome, (or mirror nails) are all the rage and it’s even more popular than nail art and marble mani pins. We noticed it popping up at during Fashion Week, from Phillip Lim, to Karl Lagerfeld – who even had rockets lifting off for Chanel. While we won’t be donning our space gear just yet, a good way to play around with the trend is to have some fun with nail polish.

Charmaine Kay, ORLY SA’s nail technology educator can’t get enough of the glam look, “Silver is huge at the moment. The colour flatters most skin tones and tends to be more flattering on shorter manicured nails. Any silver will do; brushed silver, gunmetal grey, and chrome silvers”.

Intrigued? If you don’t want to go full-on silver, you can even opt for bronze. It still embraces the metallic and slightly futuristic trend, but it’s slightly less I’m-about-to-board-my-spaceship.

Try the ORLY Color Blast nail lacquer in Silver Chrome Foil, R119,90. We also loved the ORLY Color Blast Rose Chrome Foil, and found the two colours complemented each other well when paired together for a playful look. Bonus? The polish dries quickly and offers a sparkly finish, without the harsh effects of actual glitter on your nails. To purchase ORLY nail polish, shop online or contact 021 945 2566.

For a longer-wear variety, the new Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Roll The Dice, R129, is a great pick. Ready to hit the town? The Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Smoke & Mirrors, R129, is ultra glam and glittery.

If you want to try the trend for less, Sorbet Miss Popular, R90, Sorbet Glam Effect Metal Down, R90, and Sorbet Pro Gel Effect Calm B4 The Storm, R110, will do the trick.

Also try Inglot Nail Enamel #221, R199, and prepare for lift-off with the glitter-chrome finish. To get the look without the glitter, get your chrome on with LCN Chrome it Silver, R175. It creates a mirror-like surface on nails and it’s bang on-trend. LCN is exclusively available online and in the following salons.

For those who want instant long nails, or simply love experimenting, Elegant Touch has a new limited edition Polished Press-on Nails kit called Hall of Mirrors, R90. We love the super trendy, kaleidoscopic effect and nod to all things unicorn and fun. Find them at Dis-Chem Pharmacies.

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Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    OHHH yes! I love the chrome trend, add glitter to the one finger and you sorted!!

    1 year ago •

  1. Joey

    Oh hell yes, anything shiny and blingy makes me sooooo immensely happy! Love all of these!

    1 year ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Yes, Yes, Yes….. I love The Elegant touch hall of Mirrors – looks amazing.

    1 year ago •

  1. Danielle Cateley

    Ohhh, that rose chrome foil shade is beautiful!

    1 year ago •

  1. Arlene Beukes

    The Elegant Touch Hall of Mirrors kit looks AMAZING! I adore the chrome nails trend. So eye-catching!

    1 year ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Elegant Touch love the ripple mirror glow.

    1 year ago •

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