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Oh, bridal nails DON'T have to be boring? The new trends coming at your nails.

The Ciate South Beach Socialite collection and manicure. Image: Ciate.

Charlotte Knight is the creator of cult nail art brand Ciate, and her nail polish shades have graced the talons of celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Blake Lively. You know, just some of the most fashionable and copied women in the world – no big deal.

Knight’s Caviar manicure – tiny beads adhered to the nail to resemble caviar – raised the bar for nail art innovation. Ciate fans are excited, because now the range has expanded beyond nails to include makeup, and is available at Mecca Cosmetica.

Ciate's famous Caviar manicure. (Source: Ciate.)

We chatted with Charlotte Knight to get the lowdown on nail trends, nail care and that all-important question: what can brides do for their nails that isn’t boring or bland?

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What are the nail trends ahead for us?

"This summer, neons are out and golds and whites are in! Our South Beach Socialite collection provides all the necessary shades to rock this look - a rose gold, a rose gold glitter and a white.

Another nail trend we are seeing for the near future is pristinely manicured gel-looking nails in high-shine classic colours. You can achieve this look with our Olivia Palermo Summer Nail collection. (Post continues after gallery.)

What would you suggest for a bride who wants an unique nail look on her wedding day?

"I think brides are always a bit worried to think outside the box on their wedding day, but it can be done very easily whilst keeping it classy.

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A French mani is a wedding-day classic so why not stick to this but make it a little bit different. I would recommend using a nude base like ‘Amazing Gracie’ and then swapping out the white tip for a glitter (‘Party Shoes’ or ‘Antique Brooch’) and merging it into the nude nail to give the nail an ombre effect."

Charlotte Knight, nail artist and founder of Ciate.

"Another French mani alternative is swapping out the white tip for the colour of the bouquet. This is a beautiful and effective touch which offers the bride an original yet classy nail design on her wedding day."

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Where do you get your creative inspiration from?

"Primarily, the world of fashion; we love identifying new trends that appear on the catwalks and then translating these into nail and makeup looks. We then create products that enable people to create these trend forward and unique looks." (Post continues after gallery.)

With nails, what’s more important: practicality or fashion?

"It is very important to keep nails healthy. I recommend keeping nails short, clean and treated as often as possible, this leads to manicures that can last and enables nails to grow stronger and longer without breakages and peeling which can then handle more intricate nail designs."

Taylor Swift, wearing Ciate nail polish in "Paparazzi". (Source: Instagram.)

What’s your best nail care tip?

"Treat your nails with the same care you give your skin! I find so many people invest a lot of time and money into their skincare but abandon their nails."

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"We created our wide treatment range to include a product with a solution to every nail problem. We spent a lot of time researching different ingredients and our key ingredient in this range is one of nature’s best kept secrets, Marula Oil. Marula Oil molecules are smaller than that of Argan and other popular oils so they can penetrate deeply and deliver active ingredients effectively."

A negative space manicure, using Ciate nail polish. (Source: Ciate.)

What advice would you give to someone who also wants a career in beauty?

"The most important advice I have is to love what you do and do what you love. All my creativity comes from my love and passion for the industry. I had a vision and a dream to create my own beauty empire. I have achieved tremendous amounts but I feel I still have a long way to go and will keep loving what I do until I achieve this!"

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Have you tried a Caviar manicure, or done anything similarly crazy to your nails?