Forget about the boring ol’ French mani. Refinery29.com shows us the latest, coolest nail trends to try out! Time to get adventurous ladies!
A daring manicure has become just as statement-making as the of-the-moment accessory or the season's most-wanted shoe—it's a dip into the outrageous without being over the top—so we couldn't help zeroing in on New York Fashion Week's hottest spring 2011 nail trends. While nude shades held court at many of the shows, including Marc by Marc, Catherine Malandrino, and Thakoon, we spotted five eye-catching trends that really nailed it.
- Moon Manicures—These moon manis made for a beguilingly fun, retro feel: Butter London kept the vibe refined with a nude base color while model's at Ruffian sported nails with a rounded, black French tip and monogram, matching the 1940s French Foreign Legion-themed collection.
The Tip: Sometimes you need more than a steady hand to get these moon shapes looking crisp. A nail art pen offers you more control if you can't manage a brush!
2. Metallics & Gold Foil—The flash of metal got an updated, gritty twist for spring 2011: CND manicurists layered an iridescent top coat over a dark gray at 3.1 Phillip Lim, the nails at Gottex also got the CND treatment, with a mix of a Silver Chrome, Putty and Ice Blue Shimmer, while the distressed, gold nails at Cushnie et Ochs topped off the collection's earthy, fairy vibe. Dashing Diva's Patty Yankee used gold foil to achieve the look, but a deliberately chipped gold polish does the trick too.
The Tip: Paint a layer of clear basecoat and messily apply gold foil onto your nail tips with a tweezer. Wait until dry, crumble the excess gold foil off, then secure with a layer of clear topcoat. To rock the look with gold polish, use a small piece of plastic to block the parts of your nail you don't want to paint, and randomly reposition it on your nail as you apply gold polish to the tips with short strokes.
3. Pop Art Graphics—Free-spirited designers, naturally, got away with nail polish pattern-play this spring: Butter London's Nonie Creme used bright pastels (the pink shade launches this spring) and a bold blue that matched the eclectic, girlie vibe at Betsey Johnson. The bold makeup at ZSpoke required just as adventurous nails—and OPI heeded the call of the wild with a colorful cheetah pattern—while Minx kept the party going at Alice + Olivia with a bright polka-dot nail.
The Tip: For really precise graphic nails, we recommend a good Minx salon (find a location here). If you're confident in your nail art abilities, invest in some opaque nail precision pens and go wild!
4. A Study In Neutrals—Neutral nails maintained the au naturel spring-like feel, but these styles took it to the next level: Tracy Reese gave us a sneak peak at Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Wicked Bamboo, due out in 2011. Dashing Diva's Patti Yankee whipped up a gorgeous, pointed black and white French Chevron nail for Jose Duran, and at Prabal Gurung, nails were a gorgeous pale beige intersected by a thin, coral line.
The Tip: Don't match the nude shade too closely to your skin tone, lest you want to look like you have mannequin hands. Go a few shades lighter or darker, and choose a color with a high gloss.
5. Decals—From intense sparkle to a single diamond decal, the array of nail art at the Blondes show were both eye-catching and covetable, and, CND nail artist Kristina Estabrooks really used a combination of crushed glass and Swarovski crystals to get that glint.
The Tip: Some heavy-duty nail glue will ensure your decals stay put. Layer a fast-drying topcoat over to set everything in place. If you want the look but aren't ready to commit, look for polishes with large pieces of glitter for some subtler razzle dazzle.