Deep navy blue nails are having a seminal moment.
First JLo's manicurist Tom Bachik posted a shot of her fall manicure.
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Then Kylie Jenner rocked the same shade on her Instagram story and now Hailey Bieber has posted a seasonally appropriate snap of midnight blue nails surrounding a steaming cup of coffee.
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Navy blue works well against all skin tones, making it an interesting departure from punchy reds or neutral shades.
It's also a great option for anyone who isn't quite brave enough to opt for SS21's black polish trend (too goth). Although it's a statement shade, black can be draining because it absorbs light rather than reflecting it onto your skin. Blue, however, has an opposite, brightening effect.
The shade is also versatile, suiting an array of nail shapes. Lopez's tips were filed to a square shape, while Bieber sported a lengthy, tapered nail. But what both had in common was a liberal use of a topcoat to give their manicures an ultra glossy finish.
Bonus: by opting for regular polish, you sidestep the issue of Googling "how to remove gel nail polish at home".
Unfortunately, we don't know the exact navy shade both Hailey and Jennifer Lopez went for, but you can't go wrong with these...
Essie, Bobbing For Baubles
OPI nail lacquer in Russian Navy
Chanel Le Vernis longwear nail colour in Rhythm
Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years + of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.
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