Award-winning celebrity manicurist Stephanie Staunton tells you how to get the perfect stand-out mani this festival season…

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What colours and designs work well for festivals?

Anything with glitter! I also like to mix neons with pastels. And I love a negative space manicure – this is where you leave the base nude and add detail to the top – a neon tip and a neon moon look really cute. Also, ombré rainbow manicures always look amazing.

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How easy is it to do ombré rainbow designs yourself?

They’re really not too difficult. Try starting with a red nail polish, then a yellow, followed by blue, green and purple. While it’s drying, dab iridescent glitter onto the polish with an eyeshadow brush – the colour will change slightly and give the finish a bit more dimension.

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If you could only take one nail accessory to a festival, what would it be?

Nail glue. When you’re like ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve fallen into a mosh pit!’ you can just stick your nail back on. Or – you never know – someone else might break a nail and you can help out. The Kiss glues are really good because they fit in your pocket. I also really recommend taking cuticle oil and massaging it around both the cuticle and the top of the nail, to stop it drying and cracking.

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The best way to make your mani last for the whole festival?

Top coat. If you wear polish, apply a clear top coat every other day, to protect your polish.

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What’s a good colour to go for if you have a lot of outfit changes?

Always a classic red. White is also good. And if you’re wearing a pastel dress, don’t go for the usual soft pink or neutral shade. A glossy black or dark navy looks great – and a bit unexpected.

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