How to Wear Blue and Purple Nails Any Time of Year

Think blue and purple nail polish is just for spring? Think again! Your favourite blue hues can be worn all year round. Here’s how to get the manicure of your dreams.

When spring arrives, we’re usually ready to do our nails in bright shades, especially blue nails and purple nails. These nail designs scream spring, but did you know they can be worn all year round? Yes, these vivid hues can be adapted with some cool colour combinations, nail art and nail designs. Read on for our expert application tips on how to wear a blue or purple manicure any time of year.

Like the dynamic nature of the sky, blue is one of those colours that can be a real mood shifter, going from bright and cheerful to deep and moody in an instant. The same goes for its cousin purple, ranging from lovely lilac and lavender to positively rich and royal plum.

The other great thing about blue and purple nail polish is that it works really well when you wear it with other colours at the same time. Try experimenting with different shades as part of an ombré manicure by contrasting light and dark hues, or even incorporate it into a nail art design with multiple colours in the same family. For a fresh take on a classic, use blue instead of white on your French manicure. The sky’s the limit when it comes to nail ideas! 

Getting a beautiful blue manicure doesn’t mean taking a pricey trip to the nail salon. With the right products and a little practice, you can get a gorgeous manicure at home. The first and most fun step? Choose your colour! With so many great options in the blue and purple family, we know it’s not easy, so don’t limit yourself to just one nail colour. Our L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Oil-Infused Nail Polish has a colour for every mood, including several in shades of blue and purple and ranging from pastel to jewel tones. You’ll love this nail polish for its application, finish and unique formulation. Containing four precious oils of rose, camellia seed, lotus flower and argant, this polish took more than 10 years of research to formulate. As the first oil nail polish (and we know how amazing oils are for your skin, hair and nails), it offers a rich and saturated colour in just one stroke. The patented, flexible brush has 440 soft bristles and a round shape that make for an effortless application no matter what your skill level.

Now that you’ve picked the colour for your blue manicure, follow these application tips to get your nail designs in tip-top shape.

  1. Shape your nails.You could apply the most beautiful, eye-catching blue or show-stopping purple, but what’s the point if your nails are looking ragged? Before you get started on applying nail polish, cut and file your nails into a uniform shape, whether that’s square, round, pointy or anything in between.
  1. Care for your cuticles.Like your nail shape, if your cuticles are ragged, you won’t get the professional look you’re after. To get your cuticles looking and feeling their best, rub a cuticle oil on them. This can be done regularly and will help to prevent dryness.
  1. Apply a base coat.If you think this is a step you can skip, think again! A base coat will help protect your nails from staining and extend the life of your manicure. How’s that for a major bonus?
  1. Paint your nails!Apply a thin coat of polish to each of your nails and allow it to dry. (Patience is a virtue here.) If necessary, follow up with a second thin coat. Less is more when it comes to applying nail polish.
  1. Add your topcoat.The finishing touch is a gorgeous topcoat, which will protect your polish and add a pro finish. Not into a shiny look? You’ve got options! A matte topcoat can give blue and purple nail polish a sophisticated edge and transform your favourite colours for any occasion.
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