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Whoever said nail art is only for teeny-bopping frequenters of Coachella alone was wrong. Wearable in the stuffiest of offices, or to dinner and drinks with your girls, you’ll love these easy nail art looks.


Nude nails are the epitome of understated elegance. With a creamy beige base coat, any colour or design painted on top will appear effortlessly sophisticated.

nails inc basil street tile

  1. Apply two coats of Nails Inc nail colour in Basil Street (R115, Edgars and Red Square stores).
  2. Once dry, cut out miniature triangles on a small sheet of paper. Hold stencil steady with the base of the triangle as close to the cuticle as possible and fill in the triangle shape with Bourjois La Laque in White Spirit (R105, Clicks).


Black and white is neutral yet statement-making. Prevent these classic paints from overpowering your look by refocusing their role on your nails.

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  1. Skip your usual two coats of colour and apply a single coat of clear polish on a clean nail. Try Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat (R80 at Clicks)
  2. Grab a piece of tape and cut it into two vertical stripes
  3. Stick each stripe on your now dry nail and proceed to paint in-between each piece of tape. Try Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Little Black Dress (R110 at selected salons) and Essie in Private Weekend (R115 at Dis-Chem).


Fight corporate stuffiness with chic, colourful half moon nails.

yardley gel lac nails

  1. Apply two coats of colour as a base coat. Try Yardley Gel Lac Nails in Plum (R80 at Clicks).
  2. Apply ring reinforcement stickers (available at any office supply store) about a third of the way up your nail.
  3. Polish one coat of your second nail colour choice onto the exposed part of your nail. Try Yardley Gel Lac Nails in Coral (R80 at Clicks).
  4. Finish off with CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat (R140 at selected salons).

Which of these nail art looks would you rock at the office? Let us know below…

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