Lily Allen shows off graphic monochrome nail art: get the look!

Published Thursday, Mar 13 2014, 19:40 GMT  |  By  |  1 comment
Lily Allen has been loving her nail art recently but she's really upped her game with her latest fabulous mani!

The 'Air Balloon' singer shared her freshly-painted talons on Instagram earlier today (13 March), adding the caption: "Nail game."

Lily Allen shows off her monochrome graphic nail art manicure - 13 March 2014

© Instagram / @nailsbymh

Impressive, right?!

Lily nailed (sorry, we had to!) two trends in one by teaming a dramatic graphic print with the colour palette of the moment - monochrome.

She also opted for a long pointed shape à la Rihanna, all courtesy of her mastermind nail technician Michelle Humphrey.

Now unfortunately there's no easy cheat to recreate Lily's mani, it simply requires a steady hand and a whole load of concentration! But if you fancy giving it a go, here's how:

1. Start by layering up with a base coat before sweeping your favourite white polish over your nails. We like Rita Ora's new offering for Rimmel London in 703 White Hot Love, £3.69. Leave to dry, then apply another one or two coats until you achieve an opaque finish.

Rimmel Rita Ora 60 Seconds Nail Polish in White Hot Love, £3.69

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in White Hot Love, £3.69

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Razzle Dazzler, £7.99

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Razzle Dazzler, £7.99

2. Next, arm yourself with a nail art brush - or even just a thin paint brush - and dip into your black nail polish (try Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Razzle Dazzler, £7.99). Carefully trace the outlines of where you want your graphic shapes to be. Mix it up like Lily by drawing different designs on each nail - she's gone for chunky zigzags and triangles.

Once your outlines are in place, take a thicker brush and fill them in with your black polish. You might want to add a second coat too for a bold finish.

3. Finally, once your talons are totally dry, fix your work in place with a hardwearing top coat like Mavala Colorfix, £9.90.

And if that all sounds a bit too complicated, get a similar look with Nail Rock Montagne Nail Wraps, £6.65. Simply press 'em onto your nails, remove the excess with a nail file and you're good to go!

What do you think of Lily's nails? Let us know by commenting below as the best comment across the site each week wins £50!

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