18 November 2018Last updated

Beauty Q&A: How do I get knock-out nails?

Resident beauty buff Frankie Rozwadowska shares her secrets to help you master the hottest trends

29 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
  • The Mighty Mani.

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  • The Expert’s Pick.

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  • DIY Designs.

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  • Nail Nourishment.

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  • Nail Art.

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A new season means one thing – new nails. From cool colours to daring designs, there are no rules when it comes to funking up your fingers. Just look at these tantalising talons seen at the A/W14 Peter Som show – matte meets metallic meets graphic. Amazing. So whether you want to go 
all out with daring digits, or you’re looking for a more subtle mani-makeover, with these fingertip fancies you’ll be sure to nail it.

The Mighty Mani

Here at AQ HQ we were very excited when Essie announced its new gel manis at The Nail Spa! With 36 colours to choose from, they’ve been formulated to match Essie’s most popular shades, and they won’t damage your natural nail thanks to their clever keratin-care technology. Mani-ficent! From Dh150, The Nail Spa

The Expert’s Pick

Evelyn Felisilda, quality control and trainer at NBar Dubai, says that to get knock-out nails you need moisturised hands. “Perfect nails start with perfect skin and cuticles. One of the best products for achieving this is Nail Tek’s Advanced Hydrating Crème. Known as ‘moisture with memory’, this highly advanced cream hydrates and stores moisture deep within the skin and is reactivated with water after an hour. Great for dry skin and nails.” Dh80, NBar

DIY Designs

Bring the trends to your talons without leaving your house, thanks to these super-cool nail wraps from NCLA. You don’t have to be a creative whizz to nail them (excuse the pun) – simply stick the wrap on, file off any excess, apply a topcoat and done – designer digits in a flash. NCLA Nail Wraps, Dh75,

Nail Nourishment

Give tips some TLC with this two-in-one tool. It softens dry, brittle nails and tidies cuticles so you can keep your mani looking fresher for longer and, thanks to its star ingredient, almond oil, it has a delicious soft, sweet scent. A handbag hand hero! The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil, Dh62

Nail Art

Our beauty team went on the scout for the best nail art in town... 

The Dollhouse Salon (800 3655)
Sonam Basantani, beauty stylist
“I chose the design from the salon’s Instagram. The staff were really meticulous and took their time getting it right. I was very happy with the precision!” Dh20 per nail.

The Nail Spa (600 544 001)
Frankie Rozwadowska, beauty editor
“I went leopard print loco at The Nail Spa with brilliant blues and a pop of brights. I couldn’t believe how quick it was... I don’t think I can ever have plain nails again!” Dh15-25 per nail. 

Belle femme (04 395 3334)
Madiha Sheikh, beauty assistant

“I opted for a Cath Kidston floral. The nail technician used acrylic paint for the design and finished with crystal gems. The look was to die for! Dh40 per nail.


By Frankie Rozwadowska

Beauty Editor