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It’s all about the nails these days as our digits have become a fashion statement on their own. We adorn them with any and every color under the rainbow, as well as nail wraps, glitter, studs…you name it! There’s more power in those fingertips than you think. You may be wondering, “Is there any nail polish color that is off limits”? The answer is no, but after so many seasons of complex designs and a myriad of hues, witness the return of a trend so present over the years, yet so discrete in shade that you may have looked it over – the nude nail.
Ladies, we can ditch high-maintenance nail art for a subtle, sophisticated mani-makeover. Nude nails may be on trend for Spring 2014, but the look certainly isn’t trendy; it’s always been a classic style, a go-to look that’s as easy to wear as a French Manicure (but much more modern) in any season.
It’s a fuss-free option that works in any environment and for every occasion; complementing various colors in your wardrobe and in your makeup bag – you can’t go wrong with nude.
Alas, one of the biggest complaints women of color have with the nude nail polish trend is that there are not enough options available. Since some of the traditional tones tend to look ashy against our various chocolate tones, be sure to reach for modern colors that transcend beyond the typical, boring barely-there nude hues. The nude nail colors that are in this season are opaque enough to make a statement with trendy undertones that range from mauve to gold.
The nudes we’re currently coveting are:
- Essie Nail Polish in Don’t Sweater It ($9) – Described as a “warm, cozy, creamy mauve,” it looks like the perfect combo of beige and purple.
- Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Nouveau Riche ($20) – Perfect if you want to go nude without forgoing your beloved sparkly manicure; it’s a nude-gold with serious shimmer.
- HIPP x RGB Nail Foundation in F3 ($18) – A medium to dark crème color; neither too pink nor too brown, this shade leaves hands appearing radiant, not ashy.
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Frisson ($27) – A sheer peachy pink with gold flecks and tiny colored micro-sparkles; the shimmer doesn’t disappear once it dries on nails as with some polishes.
- Sparitual Nail Lacquer in Mystic ($12) – A simple putty, mushroom like color that is neutral with an edgy kick; 100% Vegan, free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene.
The key to getting a flawless nude manicure is to start with a ridge-filling base coat to provide a surface for the nude nail polish to stick to, ensuring it will last longer. A bonus benefit is that it also smooths out the natural ridges in your nail bed, making the manicure look impeccable. Remember, the goal of nude nails is to elongate the fingers with a monochromatic look while avoiding the “lifeless look” that some polishes may give, so avoid matte finishes; use a top coat with a high shine for the perfect finish.
What are your favorite flesh tone nail polishes? Join the conversation on Twitter and tweet us a picture of your rocking this trend, using hashtag #LetsGetNaked.
Pink nails for winter are pretty awesome! Not only do they add a seriously needed pop of color but they can be a nice soft or bright edition to fall tone makeup and neutral fall colors. Take a gander at all shades of pink from fuchsia to bubblegum and see how various designs are created to depict ‘winter.’
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Brighten Up: 16 Popping Winter Pink Nails
Need a little pampering but also don’t have time for a spa date? That’s fine we’re easing you into a relaxing and refreshing beauty break. These scrubs, masks, and more are all made with ingredients that you probably already have at home, so you can step out into the world rejuvenated and ready to soak up some sunshine…sans the huge dent in your wallet.
Home Spa: 10 Totally Easy DIY Beauty Recipes
Bad girl RiRi, stays with a dope girl fresh nail game! Rihanna’s Nails run the gamut from gold metallic stickers to ombre dipped stilettos, to US dollar themes to smiley faces. Yea it gets funky! Take a beauty blog break and check out some of Rihanna’s nails and her hautest moments, RiRi nails it every. single. time.
Rihanna’s Nails: Don’t Miss These 13 Looks!
These Valentine’s Day nails designs are so haute, haute, haute! They range from the traditional pinks, red and silvers tricked out in hearts to non-traditional colors of black, white, and chocolate. Let’s not forget, cool themes of candy, heartbeat signs, word art and a ton more. Seriously ladies, make ’em swoon this Valentine’s Day!
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Valentines Day Nails: 14 Haute Designs
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the world of nail art, you realize — nope you haven’t! These Super Bowl Nail Art themed designs run the gamut from “awesome” to “gag”. LOL. I’m not sure how many of you would rock furry grass filled nails or gold, metal mile- long talons, but I think we can all get behind the chocolate footballs and red tipped sporty nails. Take a gander!
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Super Bowl Nail Art: 12 Statement Looks
Nail art has gone to another level and the holiday season is the perfect time to go a bit “cray”. Santa, his elves and all the holiday “stuff” will never be the same again after being glittered, sequined, jeweled and shellaced. All images courtesy of Pinterest
Christmas Nail Art: 15 Impressive Designs
If we had to give Bernadette Thompson a label, we’d call her manicurist to the stars. Her client list includes some of our favorite celebs like Beyonce, Diddy, Mary J. Blige and Solange, and she’s worked with just about every designer imaginable, from Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton, to Hermés, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Escada. With clientele like that, it’s considered a special occasion to have your hands touch by Bernadette, and thankfully two lucky winners will get a taste of that magic with our Nail Polish and Treatment kit giveaway.
One lucky winner will win a Bernadette Thompson Treatment Kit, which includes, nail and cuticle cream, a top and base coat, two nail polish, and nail polish remover, and is retailed at $110. A second lucky winner will also get to take home five of Bernadette’s signature nail polishes, hand-picked for a color pallet that’s perfect for the Fall. To enter the contest, follow the directions on the widget below and good luck!
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Eccentric jewelry pieces has reached a fever pitch. And when nothing else fits (third trimesters…who needs them!?) or you don’t have time to go shopping, you can always “take five” and get your “nails did!”. Jewelry runs the gamut from vintage medal nail rings to 3-5 nail embellishments to jewel encrusted paint.
These 15 eccentric jewelry pieces will surely have you scratchin’ to jump on this trend.
These funky French Manicure ideas run the gamut from inverse French manis, to sequined dipped tips to leopard prints. Get ready to nail it!
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