What Is The Naked Manicure?

Introducing the hottest new nail trend

Overuse of gel and acrylic polishes can leave nails brittle and prone to breakage, so it’s no wonder there’s a wave of women opting for nakedness.

“Women are finding that extensive use of synthetic nail treatments are really affecting their natural nail growth and condition,” says Chanel manicurist Jocelyn Petroni, who offers a signature Naked Manicure at her Sydney-based salon.

Ditching the polish, even just for a couple of months, is a great way to get nails back on track. But don’t think you have to sacrifice good grooming. “There is a clean beauty trend where women are opting for a more natural beauty look and this includes how you treat and care for your nails,” says Petroni, who has tended to the nails of Miranda Kerr, Victoria Lee and Jessica Gomes. “This is a low maintenance option yet is equally as chic as a full set of block-colour nails.”

Try: Mavala Scientifique K+, $30.95


Try: Chanel La Base Protective and Smoothing, $41

Chanel La Base

The other plus of a naked manicure? “It lasts the longest as there is no polish or product to chip off the nail plate,” explains Petroni.

If your nails are in peak condition, a nude shade of nail polish elevates a bare manicure. “Classic, feminine nails stand the test of time,” says Petroni. “A nude polish manicure is the most elegant natural nail look; it complements all skin tones, and hand and nail shapes.”

Try: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener, $34.95

OPI Nail Envy

Try: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthener in Natural, $9.95

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of maire claire.

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