Nail Guard

Nail Guard

This could well be a dream product for anyone who struggles to paint their nails without leaving colourful smudges over their fingers, too.

Nail guard, from Korean firm Belinda, is a peel-off latex that you apply from the bottle with a little brush, just like regular nail polish. This one, however, you paint around the edges of your nails, so that it protects your skin from unsightly smears. When the polish is dry, you peel off the latex and admire your perfect manicure.

That’s the theory, anyway.

I found that, rather than getting nail polish on my fingers, I had a hard time keeping the latex off my nails, and had to push it back carefully before I could continue. As it dries very quickly, in a sticky sort of way, this was not especially easy.

When it came to applying the coloured polish, I deliberately splashed it around to see how this product worked. And (patience not being my strong point) I may have peeled it off a little too soon, as some polish came away as well.

On the whole, it was a better job than I managed with the masking tape in the bathroom, which brought away vast zigzags of fresh paint from the skirting board when I attempted to remove it, but clearly I need a lot of practise.

This is a really good trick to master, however, especially for that awkward ‘left’ hand. It’s too much of a liquid to mail anywhere, but I suspect the next daughter to visit may well claim it as her own.