( Lana Del Rey by Mario Testino for Vogue UK, March 2012)
You've seen them on everyone from Beyonce to Lana Del Rey, but stiletto nails are hardly a new trend. We have Rita Hayworth to thank for that. She started sporting cherry red, narrow tipped nails in 1940 and it caught. In fact, most famous 1940's pinups have some variation of the stiletto nail. Granted, celebrities today have taken this look to extremes, but at it's most basic it's really a classic look.
So, can real women have stiletto nails? Absolutely. There are so many trends that just don't translate well to real life, but luckily this isn't one of them.
Before you run to the salon, here are a few tips:
1. Be practical. If you have babies or a job that requires you to type then getting 2 inch talons won't work.
2. Look sharp. Try a rounded tip first and if you like it then go for pointed.
3. Start short. Even if you have acrylic nails, start short. I jumped straight into long points and jammed my finger doing the dishes. When I went back to the salon for a fill and she took my polish off we discovered that my nail had lifted when I jammed it and it was completely black. As a result I'm going to have to get them taken off so that nail can fall off. (No Model Lady: Killing appetites since 2009.)
4. Tell your nail tech what you want right away. The first time I got rounded nails a few years ago the tech had no idea what I was talking about. Square nails were the bread and butter of the acrylic nail industry in the Midwest at that time. What was this "rounded" I spoke of? Your best bet is to bring a photo of what you want, just in case. (If you're shaping your own nails try a slightly rounded tip and then go from there!)