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Alexa Chung For Nails Inc.

Were you a nail-polish freak growing up? "Oh yeah. I remember in my local town, I used to go and get polishes, and there was some company that had a sparkly blue that I loved. We weren't allowed nail polish at school, so I'd wear it on the weekends and have to take it off by Monday. And I used to paint my mum's nails, actually. It was this color you know, that same color that all mums wear, it's like this weird coral."

Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to your nails? "When I'm getting a manicure, I don't like when they cut your cuticles; it makes me a bit sick! I also like for my nails to look like men's nails, so very short. Friends of mine in England who are into nail art all have long nails so they have more space for the art, but I feel like I've already got quite large hands, so it might be unbecoming for me to extend the nail. I just like to keep them short and sweet."

Speaking of nail art, are you into it? "I really got into nail art when it first started, because I felt like it was really fun and it was a good way to play around with things, but now I've almost gotten to the point where I feel that maybe it's gone a bit far. I'm really more in a plain zone now."

What's on your nails this summer? "It's this 'dead-man hand color' that I'm wearing right now. It's called Cashmere from the collection. It's my favorite. It's this lilac gray, it's muted, and it goes with a lot of things, but it's also quite odd. That's what I like about Nails Inc. in general — they create really interesting palettes that are slightly off the beaten track."

What about for Fall? "For Fall I like to be more vampy on the nail front — like the Nails Inc. Leather Effects polishes in black. Again, these days I try to keep things more classy with my nails."

Source: Facebook user Nails Inc. London