If you're looking for something a little more fun than the traditional french manicure for your bridesmaids, you're in luck. Bright, colorful nail polishes are not as taboo as you'd think . . . especially when paired with the right dress. Flip through to see 10 gorgeous bridesmaid dresses and the rainbow of colors that complement them.
With all the new makeup launches, it's pretty clear that turquoise nail polish is the must-have shade for Spring and Summer. Not only does this blue-green color pop against springtime pastels, but also, it looks even cooler set against a golden sparkle.
For this mermaid-inspired look, I used the teal-hued Paul & Joe Nail Enamel in Caribbean ($14), along with the gold-glittered Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow ($20). Start off with a base coat like Butter London Nail Foundation ($19), and then swipe on two coats of the turquoise polish. Next, dab the gold glitter polish on the base of the nail to create a gradient effect. Once you have your desired look, seal everything with a top coat like Essie Good to Go ($10) for fast-drying shine. Even if you're not soaking up some sun at the beach, one glance at your nails will take you there.
For even more nail art and polish trends, be sure to check out our ultimate nail guide!
Well-polished fingers can enhance your hands, but the removal process (whether it's with an acetone or acetone-free formula) can quickly dry out your nails and cuticles. The easiest way to lessen the damage is to coat your fingertips with cuticle oil before you even open a bottle of polish remover. Yes, before.
Apply Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($8) all over your cuticles to seal in moisture with cotton seed and soybean oils, and then take your polish off. Once you've cleaned up your nails with polish remover, add another dose of cuticle oil to your nails and skin. If you're planning on doing a fresh coat of polish, then just use nail polish remover or alcohol to swipe the nail clean before applying your base coat. And once your polish is in place, give your nails one more shot of cuticle oil for the ultimate in dry-nail prevention.
'Tis the season of warmth, sun, and eye-catching nails, and the hottest shade of the moment is ocean green. From creamy seafoam to sparkling turquoise, there's a bottle of blue-green lacquer waiting to polish your fingertips and toes. Click through to see the newest shades just hitting the beauty counters.
Nude nails are a perennial favorite that also make for an understated yet gorgeous manicure, especially for brides. And whatever the occasion, this neutral hue will give any look an instant splash of sophistication. Learn a cool trick to picking your best nude and click through for 20 beautiful options for every skin tone.
Coachella 2013 is well underway, and whether you're in Indio, CA, taking in the music or at home watching from afar, we have a manicure inspired by the festival that you'll want to try. This colorful nail look is a cinch to create; if you know how to draw a straight line, then you're already on your way. Complete your look! Be sure to check out some of our favorite music festival hairstyle ideas, too.
Spring has sprung, which means it's prime time to get your beauty routine in tip-top shape. But with all the things that can cause acne, frizzy strands, and less-than-stellar nails, who can keep track of them all? Well, we've rounded up all the culprits for your common beauty headaches and given you the simple swaps to improve them. Just keep clicking for your ultimate guide to hair, nail, and makeup perfection.
Nude nails are a great alternative to the classic French manicure for brides, because they're versatile while still being modern. But finding the perfect hue to match your skin tone can prove tricky. There are a variety of flesh-toned polishes that my look chic in the bottle, but which one is right for you? Nail artist Deborah Lippmann has an easy tip for picking your perfect polish. "Our bodies tell us a lot about what colors are right and wrong to wear," Lippmann says. "If you put a color on, particularly a nude, and it doesn't fit you, your cuticle will look funky." In essence, the color of your polish will play against the cuticle in a way that will make it look dark or slightly red and ruddy. And while this trick works best for nudes, you can use it with other colors, too.
But what if you fall in love with a shade that doesn't work the first time around? You can still sometimes fudge it. "There's this one shade that I love that doesn't look right on me," Lippmann says. "But if I put a thin layer down, let it dry completely, and then add another thin layer, it looks good." Finding the right system to cheat your polish might take some trial and error, but with a little patience, your perfect nude shade will present itself to you. You just checked one more thing off your wedding checklist.
It's finally time to take your feet out of hibernation. But before you slip on toe-baring footwear, book your first pedicure of Spring. Not only will your feet appreciate some much-needed TLC, but also, your toes will get to flaunt a trendy new shade. Click through for our top 10 favorite new bottles worthy of your first pedicure of the season.