I’m a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I’m not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It’s been suggested that I had “a problem” and needed to “seek medical attention,” but what the haters didn’t understand was how easily polish chips and flakes and how horrible it is to have a flaky manicure. When I found Seche Vite top coat a couple years back, I was able to cut down from daily paintings. Now, Sephora base coat by OPI is letting me act even less like a junkie with its extreme awesomeness. Top coat is great for avoiding chipping, but few realize that it’s a good base coat that keeps polish affixed to your nails more than the top coat or the polish itself. Most top coats, however, aren’t tacky enough to actually grab the polish and keep it in place, resulting in peeling and general sloppiness after only a couple days. Not so much with OPI for Sephora though. I’m currently going a week strong with the same manicure and there’s not a chip in sight. If you can’t stand polish imperfections, this one’s a must try. [$9, OPI for Sephora, Sephora] Keep reading »
During New York Fashion Week, we saw a couple of sets of textured nails, and the three-dimensional trend has continued at London Fashion Week. J. Maskrey, known for skin jewelry that’s been worn by celebs ranging from Britney Spears and Mariah Carey to Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett, showed these bauble-covered nails at her fashion show on Sunday. Click through to see a French manicure, 3-D style.
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While I was backstage at New York Fashion Week, I got to chat with Nonie Creme, the founding creative director of Butter London. (In case you’re not familiar, Butter London makes amazing nail polish without formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.) Nonie shared an awesome tip for making nails painted at home look professionally manicured. Keep reading »
Trend de la Creme has cutely dubbed the nail styles that came down the runway at Cushnie et Ochs’s New York Fashion Week Showing shrapnel manicures. I dig! Since it didn’t seem too hard to get that messed-up metal look, I decided to give it a try myself. [Trend de la Creme]
- Pick a base coat color. (I went with a deep red for V-Day, but if you want something closer to the picture, obviously go with a silver or bronze.) Don’t paint your entire hand, but work one nail at a time as you want to take advantage of the gooey surface before it dries. Paint on two to three thick coats.
- For the “shrapnel,” you can either cut up teeny pieces of aluminum foil, or any other metallic paper. Shamefully, I was out of foil, so I used a corner of a butter wrapper (what???).
- While your nail is still wet, drop your shrapnel pieces onto the surface using tweezers. It doesn’t have to be perfect or precise! The style looks better when it’s messy. You can use the tip of your tweezers to move the pieces into place, but don’t worry about getting all the ends flat—texture is good.
- Once you have your shrapnel in place and the nail is semi-dry, coat generously with clear polish. And voilà!
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While Erin has been obsessing over the sparkly silver tights at Chanel’s Spring 2010 Couture show, that wasn’t the only metallic moment that Karl Lagerfeld had in mind. We’ll leave the fingerless Michael Jackson gloves alone for a second to talk about nail hues. A few seasons ago, editors and fashion fans fell in love with the brand’s sleek black hue, followed by jade green, and most recently a light grey. But now it’s all about the silver look as models stomped down the runway this week with metal colored nails. With the recent obsession over Minx, it’s not surprising that polish fanatics would welcome any range of fantastical colors, and the metallic look certainly fits under that category. In case you need this look now, (because really, who doesn’t?) Essie provides a shade that’s almost a perfect match called Loophole. And here’s my advice to you: Silver nail polish chips really really easily, so you know, now you have an excuse not to do the dishes. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
Most of us can only dream of getting our greedy little hands on a real couture gown — the exquisite tailoring, such rich fabric, those intricate details! — but we can recreate the actual nails used in most runway shows. (Hey, we’ll take what we can get.) For Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s show in Paris this week, Creative Nail Design busted a move that we’ve done plenty of times with eyeshadow and lipstick, but forgot to try with nails: They layered CND Colour polish in Creamy Cameo and Effect in Lavender Pearl (find ‘em here), for an extra “opalescent, luxe” look that perfectly complemented Saab’s outrageously gorgeous, opulent gowns. Hey, we think this combo would look great with jeans and a T-shirt, too. Keep reading »
We’ve featured a lot of weird manicures here, but these pinking shears nails really take the cake. I’m not sure who created this, er, look, or how they did it, but I can’t say that I would sport it. While the nail appears to have been trimmed with pinking shears, it’s more likely that each jagged spike was cut by hand. Painful? Maybe. While the look sure is, um, different, you wouldn’t want to try and pull up your stockings with these run-making nails. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
Every good movie deserves a proper nail polish collaboration, right? OPI fell down the rabbit hole and found inspiration in Tim Burton’s delicious-looking new film “Alice in Wonderland.” The product of their fantastical dreams turned into four different shades: Absolutely Alice, Mad as a Hatter, Off With Her Red! and Thanks So Muchness. These looks are certainly not for anyone afraid of color or glitter, since each is just as extravagant and eye-catching as the next. From the deep red for the Red Queen to the glittery black for the Mad Hatter, each pairs with its character to crazy perfection, which makes sense, as those on-screen personalities really do need outlandish colors to compete. The polishes, available at salons nationwide in January, will retail for $8.50 each or $20 for the set. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
American Apparel is not content to simply dress your body, they want to paint your nails too. In addition to their spendy T-shirts and skanky jersey dresses, the store just launched a nail polish line. Welcome to the beauty world, AA. (What’s next? Home goods, a full beauty line, or fragrances?) Keep reading »