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  • Extreme Manicures: Nail Art

  • Posted by Stephanie on August 5, 2011 at 11:56AM
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  • I'll admit it: I lust after a good manicure as much as -- okay, WAY more than -- the next girl. Every time I can scrounge up an extra $30, I head to the manicure salon for a set of fake nails. Each year, I say happy birthday to me, from me, by getting acrylic glued to my fingertips.

  • But before you start to think I'm crazy, hear me out. I love nail art -- so much so that I'll browse tumblr and nail art magazines religiously to see all the latest nail trends. And ever since Katy Perry tweeted a picture of her Smurfs manicure for the New York premiere of "The Smurfs," my obsession with nail art has gone to the extreme. It's all I can think about. It's all I'm lusting after.

  • Here are some of my favorite short but edgy designs:

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  • When there's a 3D element, I wonder if the details could get stuck in the keyboard:

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  • And while these certainly put the "art" in nail art, even my response goes something like, "What?!":

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  • So, what do you think? Where's the line you draw when it comes to how crazy your nail art gets? Do you stick to short and minimal? Or do you rock long, high design nails like you were born that way? Here's craziest nail art I've ever done, which was for my birthday this year. And before you ask, yes, I did have trouble typing. But they were so fun and sparkly, it was worth the typos.

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  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • This is profoundly stupid,no wonder there are stereotypes about shallow women who only do their nails,really sad...

      by selma Monday, August 8, 2011 at 12:13AM Report as inappropriate

    • It certainly is interesting to see the different styles. I can't do my nails anymore because of the work I do with my hands, but I would like to see more done for the toes. I don't have nice toe nails, so I finally covered them with polish during this week.

      by evet Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 09:24PM Report as inappropriate

    • I'm sorry, I normally say to each it's own but this is a tad bit too much.

      by PorcelainHeart Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:27PM Report as inappropriate

    • I think some of those are just ugly & I know I wouldn't feel comfortable having them on! But I guess whatever floats your boat!

      by martha85 Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:38PM Report as inappropriate

    • Some are okay, some are ridiculous. I'd rather use the several hours it takes these ladies to do their nails, and do something much more useful.

      by volta Friday, August 5, 2011 at 06:43AM Report as inappropriate

    • a person with a normal retail or office job could never wear those unless you have a computer that you can talk into and it types for you.

      by Heather1989 Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 07:41PM Report as inappropriate

    • Haha, I'd love to see how long it takes them to unzip their pants, put on shoes, eat a sandwich, etc.

      by olga_cirlugea Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 04:12PM Report as inappropriate

    • WHAT?!?!?! Some of those nails are just rediculous!

      by MissPurple Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:24AM Report as inappropriate

    • I love how intricate some of the designs are and I can only imagine these were only used for fashion shows or major special occasions.

      by crazygirl21 Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 07:30PM Report as inappropriate

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