CND, the makers of the awesome new Colour & Effects nail polish line, worked with just a handful of designers for New York Fashion Week, to create special layered combinations for each show. Since the colors aren’t straight from a bottle, they’re sort of like couture nail polish.
At both Jason Wu on Friday and Karen Walker on Saturday, the nails were done in muted metallics, which, at first, seemed like an oxymoron to me. Metallic that’s not in your face and bling-tastic? Yes, it exists. I spied a toned-down, brushed, silver shade backstage before Walker’s show — half of the models in the show had their nails done with one coat of Silver Chrome and one coat of Studio White, and the other half had the same but with two coats of Putty on top. The combos resulted in colors somewhere in between white and silver. Neutral but not boring.
At Michelle Obama’s favorite designer Jason Wu‘s show, half of the models had a matte bronze that was a result of painting a coat of Super Matte on top of one application of Copper Chrome, while the other half had Gold Pearl between the two layers, adding a little texture. Check it out, after the jump! Keep reading »
Today our Catherine is absolutely rocking the Russian Navy shade from OPI‘s new Matte collection, and I have to say, it looks so right-on especially with fall approaching. The lack of shimmer is sophisticated, and the blue tint is less harsh than that whole black nail look that was so big last year. (Black has moved up to the lipstick category, more on that here.) Anyhoo, OPI isn’t alone on this: Knockout Cosmetics has also come out with Flatte, and we’re definitely crushing on Essie’s sparkle-free Neon line. Luckily, the flat-top hairstyle has shown no signs of showing up again. Keep reading »
Humidity makes your hair look like ass, but British researchers have discovered Mother Nature’s awful mugginess is actually optimal for growing nails that don’t split! Air with 55 percent humidity keeps our nails pliable; unfortunately, excessive amounts of hot water from bathing or hand-washing soften nails too much. A researcher at Manchester University advised, “It’s best not to get nails completely dry or completely wet.”
Sorry, we can’t avoid hand-washing with hot water! But luckily we’ve found The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($12) helps lock in moisture and keeps our manicures cute. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Is Rihanna going to single-handedly bring back fake, acrylic, prom-style nails? Take a look at her fingers, specifically her freakishly-long nails. Not only do they have some major length, but check out the shape. Most people rock the square with rounded edges look. Not RiRi. Her nails are almost filed into a point. Very Elvira. And this isn’t the first super-long sighting. Back in March, she went long with green polish! I find it hard enough keeping my shorter-than-my-fingertips nails clean. Imagine the crap that accumulates on the underside of her claws. Grody. Do you miss long nails, or would you rather see them stay in the past where (as anyone who types on a computer most of the day knows) they kind of belong? Keep reading »
Don’t have time to give yourself a manicure? These leather-and-nails gloves by London-designer Dominic Jones are the perfect answer. Slip them on, and you’ve got yourself an insta-cure, with permanent, perfectly-painted fake fingernails. The handware with hardware comes in two different styles: black leather with silver nails or hot pink leather with gold nails. These aggro-accessories are part of a punky new line from Jones — other accoutrements include taloned rings, fanged studs, and toothy necklaces. The designer’s on-site lookbook features the fashionable body-mods worn by the likes of Alice Dellal and Elizabeth Jagger, so they come It Girl-approved. If you’re thinking about taking your look a little punk this fall, these are sure do the trick. Just try not to get into a catfight. They look like they could do some real damage. [Pipeline] Keep reading »
I never bother getting manicures because I’ll inevitably mess them up 20 minutes later on something totally innocuous, like a cupcake. (No really, true story.) But some women get super serious about their fake nails. Apparently, this includes nail technicians, as demonstrated this week when a Washington State manicurist allegedly attempted to rip off a 13-year-old girl’s pumpkin-colored fake nails when the girl was bummed on the design and tried to bail without paying. Of course, when the police showed up, the girl’s mom coughed up $10, even though the manicurist asked for $30. Now this manicurist might be facing misdemeanor assault charges.
All I have to say is, really, pumpkin-colored nails? Of course she didn’t like how they looked in the end. Also, are 13-year-old girls really getting fake nails? Aren’t teenage girls intimidating enough? If I learned anything from puberty, it’s that you don’t mess with mean girls…especially ones with sharp talons. [Dayton Daily News] Keep reading »
I feel so ladylike and put-together when I have a fresh manicure, but that same polish job makes me feel like a sloppy slacker when it chips a few days later. I’ve tried a couple of things to solve this problem. I was a dedicated daily re-applier of Nail Tek Xtra, but then I got a life. Now I’ve settled on boring light colors that make peeling polish less noticeable, along with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. I was really excited when I read about O.P.I.’s Axxium Soak-Off Gels, a permanent nail lacquer that lasts and lasts. It’s basically the same powder used for acrylic nails applied thinner. When dried under a UV light, the powder forms a chip-proof bond with the nail. To maintain the color, wearers get “color fills,” similar to an acrylic tips fill-in, when their nails grow out. Permanent in this sense doesn’t mean you have to rock the same nail color forever, though. Regular nail polish can be applied on top of the Soak-Off Gels. And the gels are removed by soaking the nails in an acetone solution. Keep reading »
One of the beauty trends at New York Fashion Week was the reverse French manicure, where the moon, rather than the tip, is a different color from the rest of the nail. You might not remember this unless you’re a Batman nerd like me, but Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) had nails like this in “Batman and Robin.” Anyway, would you paint your nails like this? Keep reading »
We love getting weekly manicures (especially at places that give mini neck massages while your nails are drying), but it’s kind of painful to fork over $15-ish dollars each week — that’s $780 a year! Which is why we’re newly obsessed with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. We tested it for about two months and discovered that if you put your polish on top when it’s slightly wet, it won’t budge for two weeks straight. Your nails (and wallet) will thank you. [$7, CND]
We’re giving away five bottles of CND’s Stickey Base Coat, but you have to work if you want your nails to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 25 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »