This year, the definition of a manicure has gone from a simple polish using the latest nail colour from the runway, to adding some serious bling to your look. Nail lengths are longer and sharper and a touch of glitter polish has been replaced by 3D jewels and other nail accessories. When we stumbled upon Belinda Fountain’s blog SoHotRightNail we actually squealed with excitement. After spending the last 15 years working in finance Belinda Fountain decided to do something a little more creative. But little did she know that within a few months she would become the hottest nail artist in the UK – having quickly been snapped up by Fashion Editors and fashion bloggers such as Bip Ling. Inspired by whacky Japanese Harajuku inspired nail art featuring 3D Hello Kitty’s, bows and hearts, Bel’s speciality is a full set of 10 different nails, with an overall colour theme, so of course we have to get in on the act. Check out Shopping Editor Lily Russo’s tangerine talons, and our top 10 nail art ideas from the SoHotRightNail blog to be rocking above. But in the meantime here is a quick Q&A with nail pro Belinda…
What nail trend are you most looking forward to for AW12?
I will definitely be rocking textured nails, especially leather!
Who is your nailspiration?
I am obsessed with Japanese nail art. Too much is never enough 🙂
Can nails ever be too long?
Yes definitely! I like them long but if you need to function on a daily basis they should be kept at a reasonable length. Short square nails can look just as good so I think it all depends on the individual tbh.
Top tips to trying out nail art and 3D on your own?
Anything goes! The most damage caused from 3D’ing is the removal process so just make sure this is done correctly or by a professional. Never pick, peel or force anything off the nail.
What made you go from finance to nail art?
I had a bad manicure and thought I could probably do a better job myself. Turns out I was right 😉