The dark side
A black manicure looks super chic, but it needs to be awless. “Black polish is unforgiving and must be chip free and perfectly applied to keep it looking sophisticated,” says Petroni. Here’s how to nail the look.
KEEP STEADY “Rest the inner wrists of both hands on a steady surface to stabilise your hands and steady your painting,” suggests Petroni.
REAPPLY “Always apply two coats of colour,” she says. “This way you can x any stand-out errors with the second coat.”
RETOUCH “Touchup around the cuticle using a polish-remover-soaked cotton tip,” says Petroni.
TOPCOAT “Applya topcoat to smooth down lumps and bumps in the polish,” she adds. “It gives a smooth, gel-like finish.”
Just like old Hollywood, black and white nails hark back to old-world glamour. “I love classic nail colours, and black and white are perfect monochromatic classics,” says Jocelyn Petroni, Chanel manicurist. “Both colours are pigment rich so they stand out on the nail plate to make a beautiful, bold statement.”
To keep white nails looking modern,
a blunt manicure is key. “A short, natural nail shape will wear white polish best,” advises Petroni. “It complements the hands without becoming too stark or heavy set.” It’s a similar story when going dark. “Black nails must be short and neat to keep this colour elegant and sophisticated.”
Go for white: if you have a medium or warm skin tone. “Its neutral and clean nish complements the nails and makes them look healthy,” explains Petroni.
Steer clear of white: if you are very fair or have blueish undertones. “Avoid white if your skin tone is cool and super pale,” she says.
Go for black: this inky shade works on all skin types. “Black has depth and warmth that works against all skin tones and age groups,” adds Petroni.
Maintenance is key with monochrome. Petroni recommends applying a daily topcoat to keep nails looking fresh
for longer. “Wash and dry your hands before applying the topcoat, to wash away surface oil and debris,” she says. “Do this every day and your polish will remain chip resistant and glossy.”
Words by Sally Hunwick for Marie Claire Magazine
Photography by: Edward Urrutia; Courtesy of CHANEL