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19 Valentine’s Day Nail Ideas Your Digits Need Right Now

Get ready to fall in love with these fingertips.

Spray-On Nail Polish Is Here And It’s Glorious

Say hello to a lightning fast, flawless mani.

5 Low-Maintenance Manicure Ideas

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.

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Glitter

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.

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 perfe

Pale nudes

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!

5 Low-Maintenance Manicure Ideas

Nail art

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.

5 Low-Maintenance Manicure Ideas

Opaque colours

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.

5 Low-Maintenance Manicure Ideas

Sheer

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.

5 Low-Maintenance Manicure Ideas

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!

Images via Zimbio, Into The Gloss, Le Fashion Image, Glitter and Nails, PopSugar

Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

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.

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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.

Feature nails

Where: Maticevski

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

Since OPI was the official nail partner for Maticevski SS 2015 runway show, you can guarantee that the colours looked amazing.

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA
Make Light of the Situation with Chiffon My Mind, Care to Danse with Petal Soft, Alpine Snow with Pirouette my Whistle as the feature.

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.

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA
Cement the Deal with Dark Side of The Mood, Black Onyx with My Voice is a Little Norse as a feature.

Neutrals

Where: Daniel Avakian

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

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

Where: Ellery

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

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.

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

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.

Classic white

Where: Jennifer Kate

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

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

How To Nail The Latest And Greatest NYC Trends

The NYC nail trends forecast for 2015 is hot, hot, hot! In the lead-up to New York Fashion Week 2015, from February 12-19, celebrity nail artists have been hard at work backstage fine-tuning their handiwork on the plethora of new nail trends for 2015.

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Here, Nicole Lee, co-founder of NYC-based cosmetic brand LAQA & Co. Cosmetics gives SHESAID readers the low-down on what varnishes we need to buy now to stay on-trend.

“This year we’ll be seeing sweet pastels, metallic hues, clean whites and the new favourite, negative space: graphic polish designs that show a little bit of naked nail,” Nicole says. “We’ve also seen huge requests for subtle spring sparkles, a classic white with a touch of gold.”

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Top 3 hot US nail brands you need now:

  1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Created with the editorial manicurist in mind, the NYC brand’s Nail Lacquer range is densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long-lasting. The result is lots of colour using very little product, for nails that are camera-ready just moments after application. Best of all, the OCC range is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free.
    Top picks include Pool Boy, $24, an opaque turquoise, which is akin to a summer holiday in a bottle. Cheaper than a plane ticket, spoil yourself with this adventurous blue!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, Black Metal Dahlia, $24, is perfect for a powerful handshake. This red demands attention and is pretty, deep and long-lasting.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  2. Lime Crime: Founded by make-up renegades from Los Angeles, Lime Crime is committed to producing the most kick-arse, true-to-colour, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics possible.
    Top picks include Milky Ways, $15, a glam, creamy, vanilla splash of white. This is effortless chic for off-duty glam.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
    Next up, Parfait Day, $15, is a delicious candy-sweet pink akin to a strawberry milkshake. This baby is perfect with the “bambi eyes” trend and a nude lip.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnish
  3. LAQA & Co.: This NYC-based cosmetic brand aims to deliver convenient products with an effortless, professional result. Packaged in unique artwork by young, emerging artists, these babies are precious, little pieces of art with a percentage of every product purchased contributed towards the artists themselves to further their potential.Top picks include the Gold Fleck + Pink Manicure Duo, $22, a double-ended polish pen with random-cut gold fleck. Simply brush over touch-dry nails for the latest nail trend. Love!nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishNext up, check out pretty melon shade Tweedledee Nail Polish, $18, an awesome shade perfect for pool parties, cocktail hour and the list goes on.nail art, NYC nail trends, nail varnishFinally, the fabulously named, Ankle Biter Nail Polish, $18, (pictured) is worthy of attention for its divine, rose-gold hue.

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All nail brands are available for sale at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

 

DIY French Manicure Tutorial

A French manicure is appropriate for an evening out, wedding or simply a low-key look to wear at the office. Why pay empty money on a salon treatment which will only end up chipping, anyway? With just a few simple products, you can recreate this look at home, but also add your own signature touch.

What you will need:

Nail file

Nail polish A (for the tip)

Nail polish B for the rest of the nail

Clear nail polish

Nail tapes

Remover

Small brush

Instructions

1. Wash your hands, and avoid using a moisturiser at this stage. The oil could make the nail bed very greasy, and will interfere with a flawless application. Instead, file down your nails and clip them to your desired length.

Beauty Tips: DIY French Manicure Tutorial

2. If this is your first time, use a sticker as a guide. This will help to create a perfect curve on the tip of the nail. Press down the sticker, leaving as much or as little room as you want to create. Then take nail polish A and completely paint over the area. Make sure the nail dries completely before peeling the sticker off. Repeat this step for each nail.

Beauty Tips: DIY French Manicure Tutorial

3. To make your nails dry faster, simply run them under cold water or fill a small bowl with ice water, and submerge your hands for a few seconds. Take nail polish B and paint the complete length of your nail. Allow it to dry before applying a top coat. To make your nails last longer, apply another coat of top coat.

Beauty Tips: DIY French Manicure Tutorial

Images via Instructables, Essie

Top 5 Spring Nail Trends

Your best and most stunning fashion accessory may just be at your fingertips. Literally. This spring, the top nail trends put your hands in the spotlight and feature quirky, colorful styles to suit every personality. As the weather warms up, try one of these fun new spring nail trends.

A Hairy Situation

The moustache trend has taken over T-shirts, barware, jewelry, stationery, and even the grills of our cars. It’s about time nails got in on the action! Top off your mani-pedi with some carefully crafted black handlebar accents or, for fail-proof perfection, try a set of ultra dapper mustache nail stickers to get the look.

Go Bold or Go Home

After an endless winter, uour favorite brands are turning out lines of vibrant hues that call to mind the rosy sunsets, exotic birds, and umbrella-topped drinks featured in the tropical getaways of your dreams. OPI’s latest Brazil collection features such vivacious shades as “I Just Can’t Cope-acabana,” “Toucan Do It If You Try,” and “Red Hot Rio.” Take the dare and opt for something that screams “Carnival” the next time you coat your claws.

What a Drip!

Throw caution to the wind and embrace a tip-topping trend that kicks French manicures to the curb. Draw outside the lines by adding a color drip accent to the top of nails. Have fun by first painting nails with different outrageous base colors of any kind then get to work creating contrasting color splashes on top. Big drips, little drips, dots, dashes, and more spring into action with the aid of a simple toothpick or try Sally Hanson nail art pens to really get your creative juices flowing.

Single Me Out

Add a little something special to your average manicure by letting one digit per hand stand out from the crowd. Paint both ring fingers in a shimmery or jewel-toned variation of the color you’ve chosen for your other nails. You can even experiment with intense glitter glazes like Nails Inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish or hunt down shades that play up the color of your eyes or match your birthstone.

Get Naked

Even in the midst of all these zany color choices, never doubt the beauty of the natural skin you’re in! Make like Zooey Dechanel and other trendsetting nail nudists by simply adding a layer or two of a quality clear base coat and decorating with a few, well-placed gold studs. It’s clean, classy, and gives your nails a little room to breathe.

 

Gel Nails At Home: Fact Vs Fiction

UV gel nails can be an asset to anyone’s beauty closet; they last longer, stay stronger and give an unbeatable finish. But common misconceptions about gel nails meant that some girls are hesitant to try them at home. When applied, maintained and removed correctly gel nails are perfectly safe, easy and quick.

Opallac founder, Ruby Serobian, outlines the top gel nail myths and the underlying truths:

1. Fiction: You need to ‘rough up’ nails to have gel stick

Fact: Never buff your nail before applying gels, this causes damage to the nail and means it’s much more likely that the removal will be difficult. All nail adhesives work best when nails are clean and dry.

2. Fiction: Gel nails don’t allow my nails to ‘breathe’ 

Fact: Nails don’t breathe – they are made up of around 100 layers of dead keratin. Dead is dead and they do not need to ‘rest’! To replenish nails, give them a good dose of cuticle oil or jojoba oil in between treatments – this will combat dryness.

3. Fiction: UV lamps are bad for your skin

Fact: The rays from a LED UV lamp, like the one Opallac uses, are no stronger than sitting under a florescent light like the one in your office. Also, the depth of the lamp means that your hands are not exposed so there is very minimal chance of any damage.

4. Fiction: Gel nails need to be scraped or filed off

Fact: Scraping and filing is really common in salons and a lot of people assume this is the only way to remove product. Scraping can be quite harmful and definitely not what we’d recommend. Use Opallac nail wraps to gently soak the nail (not the finger!) and the gel will simply peel off.

5. Fiction: There’s a real lack of gel nail colours

Fact: There are currently 25 colours in the Opallac range and we’re now launching 8 more! From blacks and greys to glitter and fluoro, there really is a lot of choice and it’s easy to mix and match and even do nail art.

Are you a fan of gel manicures?