Celebrities are always keeping on top of the trends, and it seems like blue nail polish is set to have a moment. Blue is a great shade because it can really set a mood. Depending on its tone and finish, blue can range from playful and bright to sophisticated and alluring. See five different ways to wear the hot color now.
Every season, color company Pantone surveys the designers at New York Fashion Week to find out what the 10 most popular colors of the season will be. Spring 2011's shades are out now, and colors we've got to look forward to are a fun melange. There's bright Regatta blue, golden yellow Beeswax, Silver Cloud gray, creamy green Peopod, teal Blue Curacao, Honeysuckle pink, Russet brown, Coral Rose orange, Silver Peony pink, and classic Lavender.
To get your nails in fashion fast, I scouted out 25 pretty, trendy nail polishes in the 10 big Pantone shades. Whether you're in the mood for a creamy pastel or a lively electric hue, the perfect new polish is in here for you.
While traditional bridal nail polish colors in shades of petal pink, creamy lilac, and glimmering beige are lovely, why not take the opportunity to break away from the norm with an eye-catching blue? To finish off my wedding series on the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" custom, here are five different ways you can polish up with this fun shade, all while getting your "something blue" in, as well.
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Over the last couple of days, celebrities have been popping up at Fashion Week and the 2009 Toronto Film Festival with more than a love of cool clothing or a movie premiere in common. From Rachel Bilson to Drew Barrymore, blue and blue-green nails are everywhere. I love that these traditionally warmer-weather shades are making the seasonal transition, and the range of fashionable colors means there are flattering colors and depths of tones for practically every skin tone. From sky blue to bright turquoise, why not go under the sea with this trend? I put together a widget with some of the cutest marine colors around. Click through and dive right in.
In April, I mentioned that my friends Liz and Dave would be tying the knot in Boston. I'm happy to report that the ceremony and reception went off without a hitch, and the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon. The bride already knew how she'd be wearing her makeup, and her hair was styled in a classic looped bun. As for her nails? She opted for a neutral polish on her fingers, and cleverly in keeping with the traditional, "something borrowed, something blue" theme, she wore a beautiful steely blue shade on her toes.
While she could have opted for a lovely blue shadow or nail polish on her fingers, I have to admit that I was a huge fan of her pedicure choice. Model Agyness Deyn recently wore some bright royal blue polish to complement her funky style, but for a wedding, a more muted version is a great option. Plus, by keeping the more adventurous shade slightly hidden, Liz was able to mix trendy with the traditional and subtle with the bold. Check out my widget for some inspiration.
Just in case you were wondering if your coveted bottles of blue nail polish were still "in" for Spring, don't go throwing them away just yet. Two of Hollywood's hippest heavy-hitters, Lindsay Lohan and Lauren Conrad, are still sporting shimmery navy nails. Just remember to keep them filed short, square and neat looking (no drippage onto your cuticles, please).
Among the many qualities that make Whitney Port (of The Hills) so lovely is that she has her own style. I've always thought of Whit as someone who sets trends as opposed to following them. So when I spotted this style star sporting shiny turquoise nail polish, I was excited.
For anyone who's willing to try out a wild new water-colored varnish, get ready for the next big nail trend. You can always go back to my China Glaze review, and here are two more aqua nail polishes.
Nic's Sticks by OPI in Baby Go Bye-Bye ($6.99) is a vibrant turquoise color. This relatively new and easy-to-use nail polish pen is great if you are looking for a quick color fix. I haven't tried them, but there are 30 colors and from what I understand, the only drawback is that they are a little runnier than the original OPI formula. The advantage: the polish dries in just one minute.
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If you've been following nail polish trends over the last few months, you know that Blue Satin is this season's It color. Part of the Chanel spring color collection, it's an inky shade that nearly looks black. But Dior wants you to take a new look at its blue-polish offering, which just launched as a Sephora exclusive in the States.
How will you know which blue's for you? Well, that partly depends on whether you prefer wholesome musicals or New Jack Swing. Read on:
|Chanel Blue Satin||Dior Poison Blue||Advantage?|
|Color||Dark navy with a subtle shimmer||Dark, glossy navy||It's a matter of personal preference, really.|
Russian model Natalia Vodianova
French actress Eva Green
|Chanel. Both women look intense, but the Photoshop job on Eva crushes any hope that we'll remotely resemble the ad.|
|Song association||Reminiscent of the "blue satin sashes" that Julie Andrews sings about with the Von Trapp children.||Inclusion of "poison" in name hints at possible Bell Biv Devoe inspiration.||Dior. (Yeah, poison.)|
|The backstory||Blue Satin was as sought-after as its Fall 2007 predecessor, Black Satin.||Until it became a Sephora exclusive, Poison Blue was available only abroad.||Chanel. Poison Blue is a little late to the party.|
|Availability||Sold out at many Chanel counters, but Nordstrom still has stock.||Only at Sephora||It's a draw.|
|Price||$19/.4 oz||$19/.33 oz||Chanel, by a drop.|
Who knew that OPI had so many different categories of polishes? I thought they only came out with one new collection each season, but I've recently learned about two more: A line of six colorful Dog PAWlishes and the Designer Shades Collection.
For Fall 2007 OPI has released two new shades in this dynamic designer group: DS diamond and DS fantasy.
DS fantasy is a dark blue polish with heavy silver shimmer. How appropriate for Fall since there's just been a recent surge of trendy navy nail polishes on the scene.
DS diamond is a softer, silvery polish infused with diamond dust. This creates a glamorous, glittery evening look that reflects light. Both polishes come with the ProWide Brush for easy application. I wish all polish companies thought about their brushes like this!