Like a killer scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or use a drugstore nail polish, the secret to the ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Because there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.
I love anything Fourth-of-July themed (hello red, white and blue cupcakes!), but when it comes to nails, I'm declaring independence from cheesy patriotic nail art designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.
Your nails create big beauty salon business. Spending anywhere from $10 - $45 a pop for a manicure and $15 - $50 for a pedicure (not including tip), your weekly or monthly salon visits are costing you precious pampering dollars. No wonder it's a six billion dollar a year industry.
As unicorn everything continues to reign supreme -- from unicorn-inspired frappuccinos to unicorn-inspired eyeshadow palettes -- it's officially time to give holographic unicorn nails a try. The term has many interpretations -- but all are equally fabulous (and some aren't even too difficult to pull off). After all, who out there doesn't love fairy-tale-level holographic nails? When it comes right down to it, if it's good enough for a unicorn, it's good enough for us.
Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, but thanks to nail art, we beauty junkies can express just about any thought, emotion or passion on our fingertips. And with pride month here, we're using this versatile canvas to show our support for gay rights with a colorful collection of rainbow nails.
Nothing ushers us into summer like a bright and beaming manicure. And this summer, nail colors are more spirited than ever. Say goodbye to spring's gentle pastels and the dark, brooding colors of winter -- unlike your typical summertime palette, nail colors this year are taking on a newer, friskier personality.
Are you a big follower of astrology? Do you religiously read your horoscope every morning, or are you a more casual fan? Either way, it might just be key in finding the perfect nail art to fit your personality. After all, there are certain traits that go along with each sign, which makes it fun to customize your look based off of your sign's preferences. Leos are famously bold, Scorpios are known to be sexy and Virgos like to keep things simple -- you get the picture; it all translates quite nicely into nail art.
The best drugstore nail polish should be long lasting, have a gorgeous selection of colors and work just as well as their high-end counterparts for a fraction of the cost. But figuring out which drugstore nail polishes deliver on those promises can be tricky -- after all, there are tons of nail polish brands out there and even at drugstore prices, it would cost one person a fortune to test them all.
Spring is usually the time of year when we shed our lacquered coats of oxblood, emerald and plum in favor of lighter finger fare a la lavender, baby pink, and mint chip green -- spritely and spring-y -- albeit totally predictable and borderline cliché. Lucky for you, this season's nail colors are far more daring than dainty, giving you the perfect opportunity to upgrade your next manicure with an unexpected polish shade that's as fresh as it is flattering.
Three-free polishes used to be the non-toxic nail world's darling. But now, these clean polishes, free from what's known as the "toxic trio," are being one-upped by nail polish brands that boast a list of banned ingredients anywhere from five to 10 ingredients long. But do you really need to cast aside your three-frees? Cosmetic chemist Arlette Forshage, founder of Hygieia Cosmedix, says no.
Wear your heart on your fingertips this V-Day with one of these flirty Valentine's Day nail art ideas. From subtly embellished nail art ideas to bold patterns and plenty of (non-cheesy) hearts, there are Valentine's Day nails for everyone -- and nail art designs for every skill level. Get Pinterest-ready fingertips with nail-art tutorials, straight from our favorite nail polish brands and bloggers.
By this time of year, your nails probably look like crap. They're peeling; they're splitting -- they're obviously dry and unhappy. Instead of swearing off nail polish completely, choose a healthy, good-for-your-nails formula, and get a treatment manicure. When you use one of these new polishes -- infused with hydrating oils, strengthening botanicals and reinforcing proteins -- your nails will become healthier over time. They're significantly better for your nails than wearing no polish at all -- and they look prettier, too.
In 1917, Cutex introduced the first commercially available nail polish -- a rosy pink, the only nail color a proper flapper needed for a bangin' mani. One hundred years later, it's possible to find nail polish in every color of the rainbow. With so many options, how does a gal choose?
Matte black nails: They're dramatic, vampy, totally badass, and yet, incredibly versatile. They're the mani equivalent of your favorite leather jacket or your go-to LBD -- the things we wear to look effortlessly chic. And like these closet staples, matte black nails can be worn with basically everything.
Do you remember your first French manicure? Tagging along with your mother to the nail salon when she finally let you copy her manicure of choice? Or perhaps it was for your first school dance? There was something about those clean lines and stark white tips that meant you were dressed and ready for a special occasion.
In all the their gradient glory, ombre nails are a unique way to elevate a basic manicure without an elaborate nail design. From monochromatic fades to sunset explosions, ombre nails appeal to the colorphile in all of us -- and are surprisingly easy execute. All you need is nail polish, a small sheet of paper, a nail sponge and a little confidence.