America, land of the free, home of the brave DIY nail artists like you, gurl. So, get out your metallic polishes because we’re gonna salute this nation. And what better way than with some sparkly firework fingers?
Paging Miss Pop: I need these nails, stat! The lovely Elizabeth of fashion and DIY blog Moveslightly combines my two favorite things in the world, beauty and cats, into one squee-worthy package. These kitty nails, inspired by a pair of Charlotte Olympia flats, aren’t just adorable — they also look pretty doable, provided you have access to nail pens and a steady hand. I’m not usually one for decorative nail art, but these I just cannot resist. How could you ever be sad or angry when you have ten little kitty faces on your hands? [Moveslightly]
French manicures, simple red polish, and even super vampy shades are for manicure traditionalists. Those who want to make a style statement from head-to-toe and to the tips of their fingers have embraced over-the-top nail art designs, shapes, and decals. But can you identify which celebs are flaunting the bold manicures in this slideshow? Take our quiz and tell us how you did in the comments!
Love our girl Simcha, aka Miss Pop, and her nail art skillz as much as we do? Then you’ll want to watch the first tutorial video for Urban Outfitters! Find out how to do “Kelly Kapowski Fantasy” nails that would make Lisa Turtle totally jealous. [Urban Outfitters via Miss Pop]
I’m baaaaaaack! You know I could never really leave you, baby. So you can catch me, Simcha — also known as Miss Pop Nails — doing up digits every week exclusively for The Frisky. Each Wednesday, aptly nicknamed Hump Day, I’m going to be showing you how to Get Nailed with my hawtest new nail art looks. Are ya’ll ready for this?!
To get this nail art party started, I did a “Mad Men”-inspired design on our absolutely fabulous Astrosexologist Kiki T. We’re both excited for the season five finale this weekend. But alas, it is bittersweet because they— spoiler alert— killed off my favorite character Lane Pryce, played by Jared Harris. Tear! So my tribute nail to him is front and center because he should always be the star.
Order of Nails: Mad Men cigarette hand, Mad Men opening credit shot where he’s falling down the building with the totally sexy leg on it, Lane Pryce, Season 5 ad, and a pinky with the most popular thing on set second to Joan—scotch.
I am not qualified to talk about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, because I know literally nothing about it except for this very factual article I read on Vice. What can I say? I’m incredibly American in my ignorance. But oh my god, you guys, a royal wore nail art! Okay, so it was Princess Eugenie of York, which isn’t quite the same thing as, say, Duchess Catherine breaking out the Color Club, but still. Eugenie complimented her purple dress with a Union Jack on all 10 of her digits in honor of her grandmother’s, um, anniversary. Of something. It’s a cute idea, but I think it looks poorly executed and frankly, kind of gross. Thoughts?
Amped to try some of this spring’s nail art trends? Get started with Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. This fine-tipped pen is as easy to use as a marker and opaque enough to only require a single coat. Play it safe with some easy yet colorful French tips, or go crazy with stripes, shapes, and patterns! Seriously, despite never having been artistically-inclined, even we found it just that easy to use. Now, which colors to stock up on… [$7.49, ULTA]
Deborah Lippman nail polish doesn’t mess around. It’s not simply shimmery or sparkly, it’s packed full of actual glitter. This particular style, called “Happy Birthday,” contains a rainbow of reflective confetti, and can be layered over other colors to create different looks. Who cares if my actual birthday isn’t until May? I think I’m getting an early present for myself this year. [$18, Nordstrom]