Red nail varnish: 10 of the best

I miss getting my nails done. Especially in reds – pillar box red, pinky red, raspberry red, orangey red… regardless of skin tone, you can always find a red. That I yearn for a professional manicure surprises me. Back when nail salons were open, I could think of a million other things I’d rather be doing. But I liked the end results, so I went. And until nail salons reopen, there’s nail polish. If, like me, you’re terrible at doing your own nails, with a little patience there’s no reason you can’t get great results at home. These are all streak free, easy to use and have high-shine finishes. Where Christian Louboutin falls down in practicality, it makes up for in its sublime gel-like glossiness. For a long-lasting gel finish, try Emolyne (no UV lamp required). It might not compare to the longevity of a professional manicure, but the joy you’ll feel each time you glimpse your hands? That lasts ages.

1. Emolyne Metamorphosis Gel Lacquer £11,
2. L’Atelier Green Nail Polish £10.85,
3. Nailberry Polish £15,
4. Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer £22,
5. Essie Nail Colour £7.99,
6. Givenchy Nail Polish £19.50,
7. Nails Inc Vegan Nail Polish £9,
8. Dior Red Smile £22,
9. Christian Louboutin Beauty Nail Colour £39.50,
10. Chanel Le Vernis Long Wear Nail Colour £22,

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