“T hese days, metallic lacquers come in every shade possible,” says editorial manicurist April Foreman. Her favourites include Chanel Péridot, which “has an optical-illusion effect of changing shades, depending on how the light is hitting the nail,” and Estée Lauder Metallic Sage Nail Lacquer, an updated version of khaki. “It has a cool green base coupled with warm flecks of gold that make it wearable by just about anyone,” explains Foreman. For a custom-blended look, the nail pro likes crackled metallic topcoats, citing them as a trend that’s still going strong. The only downside to melded tips is the upkeep. “Metallics are the least forgiving polish. The reflective pigment amplifies any debris on the nail bed or chips,” she says. Prep work is key: Push back the cuticles, buff away any ridges and remove all lotion from the nail to ensure a pristine application. Lastly, keep the length short and the shape squarish.
QUO by Orly ($10, at Shoppers Drug Mart) in “Turquoise Moonlight”