Glamorous makeup doesn't always mean a red lip, as proven by Katy Perry at last night's annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball. The singer was sporting a monochromatic makeup look that perfectly complemented her festive outfit, but the look was surprisingly subdued. A neutral smoky eye gave way to a jewel-toned, nude lip that paired gorgeously with a burgundy manicure. The thing that makes Katy's look so ideal is that it's high-impact without being overly colorful. It's the perfect makeup palette for the holidays, be it a work party or a New Year's Eve bash. We were so enamored with this entire look, we started thinking of ways to mimic it. Shop below for the product picks to re-create Katy's look.
December means it's time to get decked out in your finest sparkle. So whether you're headed to another holiday party or just getting in that festive spirit, you need a good bottle of scintillating polish. But who says all silver glitter is the same? Click through for 10 lovely and lustrous lacquers to make the holidays an even grander affair.
Whether you're feeling bold, radiant, or moody, our standout Winter polish picks are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Top off your look with sophisticated nail glitters from NYC's most sought-after manicurist, Jin Soon Choi, or go for broke with Chanel's cherry-red palette — the perfect complement to a little black dress. For a fun take on the runway's hottest hues, try out Yves Saint Laurent's picks and Deborah Lippmann's aquatic navy blue or emerald green.
With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling in the same week, we decided to give the glitter ombré manicure a festive twist. A deep navy hue is the perfect base for any Winter holiday; we used CoverGirl Nail Gloss in Sapphire Flare ($5). Creating a glitter ombré is easy when you already have a glitter top coat like Essie Set in Stones ($9). Apply the chunky silver glitter from the middle point of your nail, and then add two to three coats on the tips to create the gradient effect. To give our glittering manicure a seasonal update, we sealed in the look with a matte topcoat using Ciaté Mattnificent ($17). The velvety finish is a fun twist on the sparkling look. But even without a matte finish, the glossy version (below) is still an easy look to pull off just in time for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
See the major polish moments from the biggest red carpet events of 2013, including, most recently, the American Music Awards. From the Oscars to the Grammys, award shows are guaranteed to bring on manicures galore, which is why we're giving you a close-up look. Just keep clicking!
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A deep red polish is like a good wool cap for Fall: it's something you always wear, but you're always looking for the next best one. Enter Formula X For Sephora in Obsessed ($11). Not only is the deep merlot color clutch for the upcoming season, the formula is actually one of a kind. A luminescent ingredient enhances shine and revamps color, giving it an incredible sheen. And for those of us who are less than patient (ahem), it's quick-drying, so you don't have to use your blow dryer as a makeshift polish hardener. The result is a finish so smooth, so flawless that you'll be staring at your nails all day. Who needs a professional manicure when you can get saturated color at home?
From movie premieres to party appearances, celebrities have perfected their looks down to the last detail: their nails. With the most exclusive access to top nail artists and not-yet-released polish shades, stars know how to create plenty of polish trends. So take note from these tastemakers on everything from pastel colors to intricate designs. Plus, our close-ups show you how to coordinate your fingertips with clutches and jewelry, too. Click through to see our favorite star nails of 2013!
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling, Maria Del Russo, and Rachel Sumner
We love our clothes and we love our beauty products, so it's only natural that we adore designer beauty collaborations, too. It's a way for us to get the best of both worlds: the artistry of our favorite designers splashed across a cute compact or our go-to mascara donning the pumped-up colors of our treasured tops. And with Fall around the corner, you'd better believe that the collaborations are rolling in faster than we can count. We've rounded up the crème de la crème of collabs for your viewing pleasure. Click on and enjoy!
Whether it's on the red carpet or Instagram, we all love nails. From a glossy red manicure to intricate nail art, there are many ways for us to polish our fingertips, and we never get tired of trying out a new bottle. This holiday there are plenty of gorgeous polish sets, small and large, for the lacquer lover on your list. Here's what we're adding to our wish lists!
There's no denying that matte nail polish is the It finish right now, but while matte has a very fashion-forward appearance, the problem is that it just doesn't wear as long as regular polish. While chips can sometimes lend to the cool factor, they're typically unwanted. To find out some of our tips for getting the most out of your matte finish, read more.