From tomato to poppy, these are the best red nail polishes to try

Miranda Priestly knew what she was talking about with the old cerulean barb. “It’s not blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis.” But, which to choose? Hmmmm. They’re all so different!

I stand by the fact that I own approximately 8 red nail polishes because they’re different shades, people. One’s a flirty scarlet, one has a hint of Orangina, one’s a jam-coloured cerise, one’s straight-up tomato, one’s a deep burgundy, one’s poppy and one verges on berry. Alright, several verge on berry.

The fact is, red’s a classic, especially on your nails. It’s stood the test of time, from 20s flappers, to 40s Jenny Wrens, to 50s Marilyn Monroe, to today where bright fire-engine and sultry merlot are as delicious and versatile as ever.

In fact, red offers you a whole spectrum of opportunities. Sunny days where you’re dining al fresco (albeit on your teensy balcony) calls for a cheery orange-spiked arancia (cracking with a tan). For chilly spells when you’re back in your favourite cosy knit, you might fancy a sultry maroon. For off-duty days a brick red is cool switch from ruby. And for a shade you can’t go wrong with, pillar box red works well on everyone. See? The opportunities are endless.

Still not a fan of regular polish? Check out these at-home gel kits that are guaranteed to impress – and last. And if you’re feeling especially creative, check out these easy nail art ideas for inspiration.

Want to emulate the GLAMOUR teams’ nails? We’re on the third design of our monthly collaboration with our fave local nail bar, TOWNHOUSE. For May, we have a colour pop, peach and blue painterly design that’s just about as foolproof as you can get when razzing up your mani yourself at home.

This will look fantastic holding that glass of Pimm’s you’ll soon be sipping and what better way to spend the long weekend than giving your nails a new lick of paint in the sunshine? Follow our step-by-step here.

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