Groomed nails are a must-have, especially during the summer but who wants to spend half the day waiting for their polish to try? SHESAID has nailed some of the best summer-ready shades which are perfect for summer and dry in a matter of minutes.
Many women often shy away from glitter since it seems rather too for a refined look. A feature nail is a fun way to incorporate some colour without entry stepping out of your comfort zone. Paint your nails a shade of nude or baby pink, then coat 1-2 nails with a translucent glitter.
Lighter shades such as nude or a classic French pink are best-suited to girls with a no-tolerance policy on manicures. They only require 1-2 shades (not counting the top-coat), and last for ages!
Stickers are a fantastic way to play around with a traditional manicure without being tied down to one particular colour. Have fun with a few fun stickers and colours which can easily be removed with acetone-free nail polish.
If you are going for a colour, make sure the shade is extremely pigmented so you won’t have to keep re-applying the colour. Darker shades of red, purple, and black are all popular choices and won’t take long to apply.
Play it safe and stick to sheer or pearly shades which are easy to apply (even for beginners!). Make sure your nails are properly groomed and don’t have a yellow or orange tinge since the polish will only emphasise this colour.
Tip: Strengthen your nails from the outside with a treatment before applying any polish. This life saviour is a pearly-pink (which looks just like nail polish itself), and will give your nails a much needed detox!
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No matter if you like your nail colour to be girly sweet or sassy and strong, there’s something for everyone this winter. Here, SHESAID rounds up some of the best in show from both new and established beauty brands such as Butter London, The Nail Lab and Bobbi Brown. These hottest colour trends will see your nails pretty-as-a-picture, so go forth and paint!
Butter London is quickly becoming a firm fashionista favourite for its catwalk-worthy, high-pigment nail lacquer colours. The brand encourages women to experiment with new colours, while walking on the safe side: its products are nasties-free, formulated without formaldehyde, dbp, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide and xylene.
And winter nail colour doesn’t have to equal boring: I’m loving the brand’s newbies, including its vibrant, stunning Patent Shine 10X turquoise Chat Up, bold Her Majesty’s Red and pretty-in-pink Loverly (pictured) – all delivered with a dash of Brit wit. They’re quick-drying, high-gloss, chip-resistant and contain calcium for stronger nails. Each nail lacquer is $25 available at nourishedlife.com.au.
Next up, The Nail Lab (TNL) is a beauty newcomer aimed at revolutionising the nail bar industry in Australia. It too offers cruelty-free products which contain the lowest toxicity. TNL lacquers do not contain toulene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, DBP or camphor. The brand prides itself on staying atop new-season trends, such as these stunning, new metallics in an array of seriously delectable shades. Each nail lacquer is $15 in salon or at shop.thenaillab.com.au.
Bobbi Brown is also doing beautiful things for our nails this winter – I adore these gorgeous, limited-edition Sandy Nudes Collection nail polishes in Naked (left) and Nude (right). These rich, matte nudes from the beauty giant dry to a lustrous finish and will take you from day to night. Inspired by the warm hues of beaches around the world, the Sandy Nudes Collection is a welcome touch of summer in the deep, dark throes of winter. Find them at David Jones or bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pack away those dark nail polish shades in favour of something a little more appropriate. We have teamed up with ORLY to bring you just some of our favourite nail polish options for summer. You’ll find the perfect shades of pink, purple, and everything in between.
Each shade in the collection is specially formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. In addition, each cap is equipped with ORLY’s famous gripper cap for easier application and control.
This bright shade is perfect for the warmer weather, and complements a healthy summer glow. Just 2 coats is enough, and the formula dries super-quick!
If you aren’t daring enough to paint your nails in Thrill Seeker, you can easily use it on a feature nail. Make sure to prep your nails with a base coat, and let the formula dry completely before applying a second layer.
Paint your nails a this vibrant shade of purple for the beach, or even the bar. The formula itself so so pigmented, so you won’t need to apply 3-4 coats to get a great colour.
Who can resist a classic shade of red? This shade has a slight twist which leaves nails looking their best for days on end. Tiny shimmer particles make your nails shine in the sun!
A pink nail polish never goes out of style, and this one is definitely a must-have on our list. Layer 2-3 coats for the best shine and colour, or use it for nail art!
And finally we’re wrapping up the list with a classic ocean blue. This shade looks amazing with a shimmery sun-tan, and is perfect for a pedicure as well!
What’s your favourite shade for summer?
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While everyone else might be focusing on the hair and beauty trends from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, we have recently come to appreciate the beauty of nail trends.
We’re going to take you through some of the biggest shows of fashion week to reveal just which of the nail trends will be big during the summer.
Since OPI was the official nail partner for Maticevski SS 2015 runway show, you can guarantee that the colours looked amazing.
There were two main looks that went down the runway: Soft pastels and dark gunmetals. Glitter polishes were added over the top as a feature, and the looks were finished off with OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat before strutting it down the runway.
Where: Daniel Avakian
For Daniel Avakian’s return to the runway, a stunning neutral manicure and pedicure was prepared for all models backstage. Karon McKendrick Taylor for FABY Australia kept nails looking round and trimmed, which worked perfectly to complement the clothing and open-toed sandals for spring.
Shades of Pink
Kym Ellery’s collection was the first show to open MBFWA at Carriageworks, and was inspired by women from post-impressionist paintings. Melisa Giraldo worked together with OPI to create a look which suited the entire collection.
A clean base was achieved with the OPI Clean Ridge Filler, then two coats of the OPI Put It In Neutral, and finally a sheer-pink beige from the new OPI SoftShades Collection.
A classic topcoat of OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat was applied to give a glossy sheen.
Where: Jennifer Kate
For her debut show at MBFWA, Jennifer Kate tried a fresh look for the models walking down the runway. FABY Australia created a stunning white nail, which is perfect on all skin tones and ideal all-year round. A matte top coat was applied over the top to give nails a lived-in look.
Images via Lucas Dawson
The seasons changing just gives us another good excuse to stock up on some brand new nail polish. It is an easy (and affordable) way to spice up your outfit without draining your entire back account. Rather than sticking with the traditional dark winter shades, experiment with some fabulous colours which are sure to brighten your mood, and make any outfit pop!
A far cry from deep red’s and blacks, white is a fantastic colour if you aren’t scared of dealing with the possibility of chipped nails. Rather, think of it as a neutral shade; it goes with almost any outfit, and is subtle enough to wear at work or any other special occasion you’ve got going on.
Essie Nail Colour in Marshmallow $16.95.
Darker colours such as burgundy or blood red fit in better with a winter wardrobe. These colours are easy to find, and are available in a number of shades to suit your particular skin type. If you want to be super-trendy, try out a matte shade which has winter written all over it! Matte nail polishes not only dry faster, but are a nice change if you’re over the glossy finish.
Sinful Colours Nail Enamel in Sugar Sugar $4.95.
Navy shades are beautiful for anyone who isn’t daring enough for a brown/black polish. They still give off a strong winter vibe, but aren’t overwhelming for the daytime either. Don’t forget to apply a coat of shiny-gloss to make your nails last longer, and add an extra sparkle.
OPI Russian Navy $19.95.
Probably the staple and most on-trend nail polish of the season, dark purple shades glimmer in the light and give off an amazing colour for any skin type. Equipped with a glittery formula, they suit both matte and glossy finishes which can be achieved with almost any top coat on the market.
Our pick is definitely OPI Lincoln Park After Dark $19.95.
Shades of silver, gold and almost anything in between embody the most trendiest polishes for winter. They offer a sophisticated sparkle which is weather appropriate, and are probably defined best as glitter for adults. The creamy lacquers are easy to apply, dry in an instant and will last you a very long time without chipping.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer $22.
- For an at-home manicure, exfoliate your hands to achieve the best possible application. Exfoliating gloves are great for washing away dry skin, and will leave your hands (and cuticles) feeling soft and luxurious.
- Shape your nails, push back your cuticles and file down any areas before putting on polish. This will save you the hassle of removing nail polish down the line.
- If you’ve made a mistake, quickly dip a cotton tip into the nail polish remover. This is a quick way to fix any errors you’ve made, rather than starting over.
- To achieve a flawless finish, wait until the previous layer has dried before painting your nails again. This could cause bubbles and make it that much longer to dry.
- Use a spray or oil to get your nails to dry faster. Oils are great to use since they nourish cuticles with vitamin E and repair dry skin around the nail. Try, Essence Express Dry Drops $3.50.
- Moisturise your hands after the nail polish has dried. This won’t interfere with the application, but nourish dry or cracked skin.
Image via Beauty Xoxo
By Felicia Sapountzis
So many gorgeous nail looks at New York Fashion Week to inspire your next visit to the salon, from barely there blush to the hottest new twist on the classic French manicure.
Barely there blush
The fresh and clean nails at the Reem Acra show are the perfect polished look for spring. Models’ nails were painted in OPI’s You Callin’ Me a Lyre? a sheer, soft pastel pink hue.
Sidewards French manicure
Designers Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang trended the hot new sidewards French manicure selecting sheer creamy off-white nude OPI’s So Many Clowns…So Little Time for nails, adding a unique slanted French tip in deep blue in OPI’s I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw for a pop of colour.
Classic chic French manicure
Joie’s spring/summer 2014 fashion show was inspired by the Mediterranean and a trip off the Amalfi Coast, with a pretty collection focusing on shades of white, a theme that was carried through to the nails.
Models wore natural nails but given crisp, classic white tips using OPI’s Alpine Snow; nails were then finished with a glossy coat of OPI Top Coat.
The fun BCBGMAXAZRIA show, with its ladylike patterns and cuts, was complimented by the perfect soft neutral shade OPI’s Samoan Sand. How pretty will this polish look with a tan?
Which is your favourite spring nail trend?