This morning I had a lovely email from Marian Newman, all-round nail genius, telling me to get my favourite manicurist, David Barton, to do a ‘wax effect’ nail, as she knew I had an appointment with him later in the day. So when I turned up to see the gorgeous new Essie Bridal Shades, I asked for the wax manicure as per instructions! I picked the pinkish red ‘First Dance’ shade and after David had shaped my nails and generally revived them back into some kind of decent condition, he applied two coats of polish, followed my Essie Topcoat Matte About You which knocked any shine into touch and left them flat. David then worked in a tiny amount of apricot oil over the top of the matte effect and lo and behold, the most stunning nail effect that looks exactly like candle wax. Matte with a mellow sheen, for want of a better description. It looks quite easy to do (or maybe David just made it look that way) so I’ll be giving it a go myself. Have you tried this effect?