How to perfect a manicure at home as nail salons remain closed

As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: Harriet Westmoreland/iStock
As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: Harriet Westmoreland/iStock

On 23 June, Boris Johnson announced that some lockdown restrictions in England would be eased to allow pubs, restaurants, campsites, hotels and hairdressers to reopen on 4 July, with social distancing measures in place.

These new guidelines haven’t extended to nails salons, however, or spas and tattoo parlours, which will remain closed.

The prime minister explained to the House of Commons that nail salons will be able to reopen when the government feels “confident” the business can operate “in a Covid-secure way”.

The decision to keep salons closed is due to the unavoidable close proximity between nail technicians and customers and often busy waiting areas that can make it difficult to adhere to social distancing.

The move has attracted criticism as nail salons have not had work for months,

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The lockdown means more time at home, and you may find yourself with more time on your hands, looking at bare nails and wanting a change.

While salon appointments are temporarily on hold, there is nothing stopping you from giving yourself a manicure and staying on trend with the styles popular for spring/summer 2020.

Colourful French manicures were seen at SS20 Zimmerman and SS20 Oscar de la Renta shows, while gemstones and pearls were on the agenda at Simone Rocha and Rouland Mouret and pops of colour were celebrated at Paul Costelloe.

If you’re looking for plain polishes, IndyBest have picked out the best vegan ones and reviewed Shellac nail kits for glossy, long-lasting finishes to master while at home.

However, if you want to up your nail game and try out some of the biggest trends this season, such as animal print, marbled designs and more, then keep reading,

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