The first day of school is 10 percent who your new teachers are, 90 percent your outfit. Ok, maybe 10 percent is who that new hottie is, but that can just factor right back into your outfit because you want him to notice you, obvs. And nail art is just another way to show off your awesome sauce! So, I’ve put together this slideshow of some of my fave looks from some super talented nail artists to inspire you to do up your digits for your big first day!
Here’s my back to school cool look — saddle shoes! My mom got me a fresh pair of these kicks every year for elementary school. Instead of being on my feet, this time around, I put them on Kiki T’s hands. Special thanks to the best hand model/astrologist in the world! I only wish we went to the same school back in the day….
Hey gurl, nice can! That’s what our friend Fiona from the Byrne Notice been hearing since she asked for these soda nails with fizzy glitter ombre. The sugar rush drink nails are a cool twist on the hot glitter fade trend. Amelia has been rawking gold glitter over a taupe-y nude, which is a subtle, sophisticated way to sparkle. Although, I have to say, if I could do these nails all over again, I’d put the glitter on a black nail so it looked more like soda.
I’ve heard from Fiona and Amelia, and now I would love to hear what you Frisky gals and gents would like to see next…. What kind of nail art would you like to bedazzle with?
It took me a minute to figure out what was going on with these nails, but holy Christ, they are Dr. Evil nails. As in, that woman’s pinky has a pinky on it, which is a very Xzibit meme kind of thing to do. Like, “Yo dawg, I heard you liked nails, so we put some nails on your nails so you could nail while you nail.” [Kaleigh O'Connor]
You know, people kind of look at me like I’m, like, crazy or something when I wear my RYGOS ring, but I could show my devotion to my one true love in more extreme ways. Like Beyonce, who posted this photo to her Tumblr this weekend. Her manicure features photos of her and hubby Jay-Z, a J on one nail, a Z on the other, and the Roman numeral IV on her pinky, which is both a reference to her most recent album and daughter Blue Ivy (IV, get it?). So, you know, I pale in comparison or whatever. [I Am Beyonce]
UPDATE: J/K! Apparently, these are not Beyonce’s nails. They are a fan’s nails that Beyonce loved so much that she posted them to her Tumblr. Anyways… [Dlisted]
One of the best things about being online editors is that we get to spend hours perusing the web for inspiration (even though this may not be best for our eyesight or posture). Nonetheless, there are tons of budding makeup, hair and skincare ”experts” sharing their straightforward reviews and in-your-face tutorials. Impressed by their serious skills and online superstardom, we’ve decided to round up the best beauty blogs.
This week, we’re kicking things off with the crème de la crème in DIY nail art. From Miss Ladyfinger (who can transform any runway design to her digits) to London’s WAH Nails (famous for their mani mash-ups), you’ll get motivated to switch up your average manicure.
Click through the 15 best DIY nail art blogs. Read more…
Now and again, you want something a little special for your nails; a boring regular manicure just won’t do. Which is why we recommend you try Ciate’s new Velvet Manicure, a special treatment for your nails that leaves them feeling velvety soft. The manicure comes complete with a soft, powdery substance that you’re supposed to coat your nails in as they dry. The result is a manicure that’s almost fuzzy. It takes a moment to get used to, but after a day or two, we were totally sold on the effect. Give it a try and see how velvet soft your nails can feel, too. [$19, Sephora]
Ex-boyfriend going extra cray? Roommate riding your nerves like a pony? Boss man keeping you down? Ward off the haters with evil eyes! For my gurl Dana here, I added an acid wash denim design and nail art bullion studs so she would look like a force to be reckoned with. Just talk to the hand, and it says, “Bitch, please!”
To do up this look on your digits, check out my tutorial at BeautyHigh.
“Zooey Deschanel and I have been e-mailing all morning, like, ‘Can you believe the women that we are getting mentioned in the same breath as?’ Also, we’re planning our Emmy nails … She’s got a lot of nail style. I mean, I have a couple ideas, too … I want to shock the world with what I do, and/or be stopped from painting my nails a very strange color by my very smart and crafty publicist.”
— If you were wondering how Lena Dunham reacted to the news of her four Emmy nominations, well, now you know: she immediately began plotting her nail art debut. With help from her friend Zooey Deschanel, of course. As you do. [Fashionista via Vulture]
Happy “Breaking Bad” Season Premiere Day! I’m pretty sure this “BB”-inspired manicure would look amazing with a hazmat suit. [Deviant Art]
This summer, I’m all about the studs. And not just the shirtless ones at the beach (although I would also like to get my hands on some of them too.) For my beauty expert buddies at Lifebooker, I bedazzled some series nail hardware. Check out editor Anna’s done up digits— hope she’s not going to try to get through an airport metal detector with these.
Here’s how you can have this hawt #GetNailedWithLB look! Paint your nails as per usual. Then bust out your nail art striper and draw lines across your nails where you want to stud.
To apply the studs you will need an orange stick, a base coat, a nail art sealer or bonder top coat and some studs you can find at a beauty supply store. First, coat your nail with your nail art sealer or bonder topcoat. Then, tap the tip of your orange stick into the basecoat brush to pick up a bit of polish. Next, tap your stick onto the stud to lift it up and place it down on the nail. Coat your nail again with the nail art sealer or bonder and boom! Your nails are more metal than Ozzy. Check out some more studded nail art styles above!