The 9 Best Products For Your Hands And Nails

Spring brings with it a new dawn of nail colour and care. Let your hands do the talking…

1. Chanel top coat

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Think of Chanel Le Vernis Top Coat Black Metamorphosis, £20, as an Instagram filter for your nails. Grounded in grown up sensibilities, one layer turns vibrant pigments a shade moodier or supplies a steely veil to naked nails. Bag one pronto, as when these limited edition lacquers are gone, they’re gone.

2. Metallic nail polish

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There is a molten nail movement afoot. From rusty tones that leave an impression of warmth to steely pigments that bounce light, these lacquers supply grown-up gilmmer. Barry M Molten Metals Nail Paint in Silver Lining, £3.99, Ciate London Geology Paint Pot in Goal Digger, £12, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in World is My Oyster £6.99, Smith and Cult in 1972, £19, Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Beach Sand, £21.

3. Restorative mask

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Nanette De Gaspe first caught our attention with an alternative to the liquid sheet mask – a dry counterpart that was just as effective, if not better. And now hands can be beneficiaries of the anti-aging technology, too. While spendy Youth Revealed Restorative Techstille Masque Hands, £60, promises brighter, tighter mitts and can be used up to three times.

4. Pokemon Go hand cream

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If your Pokemon Go endeavours amounted to little more than a run in with a tree, ‘catch them all’ with Tony Moly Pokémon Hand Creams, £9.85 each. The Squirtle is oh so adorable and lotus scented, while cult fav Pickachu is laced with vanilla.

5. Cuticle nipper

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While miracle working manicurists are a dab hand with tools, the ergonomics and execution of them can escape you and I. Thankfully, Tweezerman’s Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper, £30, is designed with us in mind. With strong tension and grip and a nib-like end, riding cracked cuticles has never been easier (or more pain free).

6. Hand and cuticle scrub

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If only we paid as much reverence to our hands as we do our faces. Here to redress the balance is Deborah Lippmann Marshmallow Whipped Hand & Cuticle Scrub, £25. A conker sized amount sloughs away dead skin cells, buffs cuticles and clears pores to leave perfectly preened paws.

7. Nail polish thinner

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There are few things in life that can be effortlessly resurrected, but thanks to Kester Black Nail Polish Thinner, about £12.44, nail polish is one of them. A few drops totally transforms gloop lacquer, and the brand brims with vegan credentials too.

8. Cuticle oil, softener, serum and brightener

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A flurry of innovative new formulas is undoing the damage of chemical soaks and taxing regimes. Nailberry Little Treasure Nourishing Cuticle Oil, £17, and Soigné Cuticle Softener, £15, do exactly what they say on the tin (via a dinky pipette). Lauren B’s amino acid spiked Beauty Nail Growth Serum, £46, is as salubrious as they come, while Morgan Taylor React Max Optical Brightener, £15.50, makes birthday suit nails look their best yet.

9. Nail science capsules

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Ingestible beauty has ballooned, and for good reason. Add zinc and biotin heavy Advanced Nail Science Capsules, £26.50, to your cocktail of capsules and reap the reward of healthy, more durable digits.

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