With hands and toes on full display, Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different 5-free nail colours. From bold brights to subtle hues, we’ve selected our must-have shades to incorporate into your nail repertoire this season. Of course, before pulling out the open toe sandals you’ll want to ensure that your toes are perfectly prepped and polished. Read on for our favourite ways to ensure both your hands and feet are in tip-top condition this Summer.
For sandal ready feet: Begin by soaking the feet in a warm bath with a handful of Therapie Roques O’Neil Himalayan Detox Salts to soften rough skin and soothe achy feet. Next, pumice the feet using Hydrea London’s Natural Pumice Foot File, concentrating on the skin of the heels and toes to smooth out any rough surfaces, before applying a natural cuticle treatment such as Aeos Skincare Biodynamic Nail and Cuticle Treatment to nourish nails and soften hard cuticles. Finish off your at-home treatment by massaging Jao’s Goe Oil onto the entire foot and shin to intensely moisturise and hydrate skin and nails before your varnish application.
For hands and nails: After your feet are primped and prepped for polish, prime your fingernails with the same cuticle treatment, followed by Amala’s Hydrating Hand Cream to provide lasting moisture to the fingernails and skin. Next, file nails into your desired shape with Aeos Skincare’s Crystal Nail File that features the additional function of sealing the nail tip as you file to prevent water, sand or debris from seeping into the nail tip whilst enjoying your beach vacation.
To remove the nail polish, use the Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Polish Removers - you can choose between the Hydrating Rose to hydrate or the Repairing Bamboo to fortify nails. You can also try the Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, which is biodegradable and derived from farm crops. All of these are acetone and ethyl-acetate free, so better for nails, health and environment. Finally, apply Storm by Intensae as a base coat to help stop nails from yellowing and hold pigment.
Now your nails are ready for polish! Read on for our favourite Summer shades and organic make-up pairing for face...
BEST WITH A TAN: Kure Bazaar Juicy – This is is the perfect mix of red and orange, which is guaranteed to make tans stand out and put a smile on anyone’s face. Pair it with Vapour Organic Beauty’s Solar Translucent Bronzer and channel a bronzed goddess in true Summer style.
FOR AN EVENING COCKTAIL SOIREE: Kure Bazaar Scandal – This glamorous shade of red adds the perfect pop of colour to a neutral evening look. Pair with a white dress, dewy skin and a slick of ILIA beauty Wild Child Fiery Red Organic Lipstick and make the ultimate evening Summer statement.
FOR EVERYDAY: Intensae Mars 5-Free Nail Laquer – This vibrant coral crème by Intensae is the perfect shade for every-day. Taking you from a casual daytime look whilst adding a playful elegance to your evening attire, pair with W3LL PEOPLE's Bio Bronzer Stick, an organic multi-use stick which adapts to skin type and instantly adds warmth to holiday skin.
BEST POOLSIDE: Kure Bazaar Caicos – Channel a tropical island holiday with this bright turquoise shade, perfect for lazy days by the pool. Team with a slick of RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer on the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and brow bone to enhance and illuminate glowing Summer skin.
BEST PINK: Intensae South Side – Summer wouldn't be complete without a touch of pink! This is our hue of choice – an intense, bright candy pink, without being neon. Team with ILIA Beauty Karma Chameleon Lipstick Crayon on lips for a matchy-matchy look, guaranteed to turn heads!
BEST CHIC SHADE: Intensae 1966 – This deep grey with green and blue undertones is the perfect fit for those who are colour-weary. Team with the ‘Dazzling’ Cream Bronzer by Kjaer Weis, which adds a natural colour to the face. Just warm on skin using fingers for a beautifully sun-kissed look.
Expert Tip: The team at Intensae suggest keeping your nail polish in the fridge, it makes it last longer!