Katy Perry’s manicures are famously kitschy; she once sported pictures of then-husband Russell Brand on all 10 digits. Lauren Conrad seems to be a nail art master, donning polka dots, stripes and ombre manis regularly. But celebrities aren’t the only ones getting crafty with their manicures of late. Truly wearable nail art is stepping off runways and red carpets and hitting houses, parties, perhaps even boardrooms near you.
The Sticker Manicure
Remember Lee Press-On Nails? Gone are the days when DIY manis consisted of little more than fake, hard, plastic nails. Applied to your own real nails, the modern “press-on” manicure is chic, not cheap, thanks to nail polish strips. Polish strips are nail stickers of sorts in a myriad of options that create a lacquered look without the need to crack open an actual bottle of polish. Best of all, these nail stickers are perhaps the easiest way to spice up your manicure without an art degree.
Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects are stickers crafted of real nail polish and available in 40 patterns that apply easily and won’t empty your beauty bank account; get them for $8.54 at Target.
OPI’s new line of nail polish stickers called Pure Lacquer Nail Apps include a range of prints from zebra to lace that apply easily and remove with acetone, just like traditional lacquer. Get them for $12 a pack at Trade Secret locations.
The classic French manicure features white nails tips complemented by a natural- looking base color, but the modern French manicure makes no effort to create a natural look, calling instead on sharp contrasts, rich hues and even metallic influences.
At Badgley Mischka’s fall runway show, deep bordeaux nails were topped with gilded gold tips. Work this trend yourself by pairing any deep, dark lacquer hue with metallic tips. Or, opt for a color block effect by pairing crisp, tonal colors such as a light pink base complemented by fuchsia tips. Create the look by applying a base color of choice from nail cuticle to tip and then topping with a contrasting hue, reminiscent of a traditional French manicure but far more edgy.
One of the easiest new trends to embrace in manis, the shabby chic manicure combines feminine hues and eclectic patterns. To get the look, paint nails in two to three complementary hues, often pastels think lavender, sea foam green and baby blue. Next, add nail decals and embellishments in a variety of patterns giving each nail a unique pattern that’s still cohesive with the look and feel of the entire manicure.
Mix and match a variety of embellishments such as floral Essence Nail Art Stickers ($1.49 at Ulta.com), NailGems from Sephora by OPI ($5 at sephora.com) and Big Ruby Nail Tattoos ($12 at bigrubytattoos.com).