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I'm Surprisingly Inspired by Barbra Streisand's (New) Nails -- See How I Plan to Copy Them

Posted 11/24/10 at 02:18PM by Kristen Giordani

When I think "Barbra Streisand," an image of her "Funny Girl" persona pops to mind. That voice, Nicky Arnstein and those nails!

Babs has, of course, long been known for her signature, looong, slightly tapered fingernails. (Which, thanks to my penchant for things trivial I happen to know that she initially grew to avoid having to get a job as a secretary -- typing and nails don't mesh.)

So, imagine my surprise when the other day I was watching the typically media shy diva on "Oprah" and as she went to hug Robert Redford (!) she had short, semi-square nails painted in the most to die for deep burgundy/purple-y/ruby shade. Yep, there was Mrs. James Brolin in all her beret-wearing splendor sporting downright modern nails. Buh-bye Fannie Bryce.

While I was applauding Streisand for having taken the leap into this new millennium, I took a long hard look at my own nails and realized it had been way too long since I had any oomph, pizzazz or color on them. That's when I began the quest -- the quest to find the same shade that Streisand had on.

Sadly, there's no "getbarbra'" to turn to, so I had to do a lot of searching around to find just the right shade. Here are the four closest matches to help you get fabulous fingernails of your own...

Option 1: Zoya Nail Polish in Casey, $7

Option 2: OPI Classic Shades Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park after Midnight, $7.99

Option 3:
CND Nail Lacquer in Dark Ruby, $6.50

Option 4: Essie Nail Polish in Luxedo, $8

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  • Posted by EricaC123 on 04/13/13 at 02:19pm


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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 05/25/11 at 06:05pm

    I loooove dark, vampy, short nails for fall and winter.

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  • Posted by Ameece on 04/01/11 at 10:36am

    Kristen I despise your comment about nails. Obviously you don't have nails or you wouldn't have made such a stupid comment. Barbara's nails are long but not nearly as long as some girls I have been around that have no problem typing 100 words a minute and doing any other activities that the normal women can do. You adjust. So next time you see a women with very long nails (over an inch past the fingertip) don't assume she can't do office work. That's like me saying because you look like a spoiled rich girl in your pic you don't know anything about budgeting money. Such a candid statement. Thanks Angela

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 02:25pm


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  • Posted by pynkNymphette on 12/21/10 at 08:07pm

    Lincoln Park After Midnight is simply a gorgeous shade! I must get my own bottle ASAP

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  • Posted by heidindg on 11/26/10 at 07:56pm

    These are great colors.

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