After the craziness of fashion week last week, we spent most of this week catching up on the latest in the land of celebrity, fashion and beauty. POPSUGAR health and beauty editor Alison tried out some so-new-they're-not-on-the-shelves-yet products, and the verdict? The Chanel mascara is a winner, and we've got proof! Fashion editor Ali got a look-see at the styles and trends that are coming our way for Spring/Summer later this year (yep, we're already talking Summer!), and celebrity editor Jess revisted Catching Fire after watching the exclusive trailer that was released at the MTV Video Awards. And, of course, we documented it all — and much more — via Instagram. See our week in pictures when you click through!
Whether you're one to follow trends or not, nails are the easiest way to jump on a new beauty look — and jump we do. But there's no denying that when all the trends (nail art, anyone?) die down, there are a few colours that every woman reverts to. Red is one of them. It's a true classic, one of those rare breeds that goes with everything and suits everyone. Here, we've pulled ten of the best red shades we could find. If you work in a conservative office environment, there's a raspberry-hued version for you. If you can go all out, why not go the sparkly crimson for a bit of fun? Or if you like to keep things simple, you can never go wrong with a bright, cherry red. Tip: keep your nails short. While we loved Ashley Madekwe's talons a few weeks ago, they might not be appreciated as much in the office. Click through for our picks!
While the typical French manicure has become somewhat of a beauty faux paus — except if it's Chanel doing it, of course — it seems as if Jennifer Lopez is taking it out for a new spin. The actress and singer stepped out in New York last night sporting a manicure that closely resembled an upside-down French. Her blushy nude-coloured polish was accentuated with a bold ivory line across the bottom of her nails, a palette similar to the one worn by Busy Philipps at the Art of Elysium gala.
But unlike the half-moon manicure Busy donned, the line seemed to follow the natural curve of the base of Jennifer's nail. Thinking about trying this reverse French manicure out for yourself? Just follow the same steps you'd take for a normal one. Paint your nails in a pink-based nude colour, like Butter London Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon ($22). Allow it to dry, and then swipe a white line of polish onto the bottoms of your nails. It's the perfect blend of classic and edgy.
Australia Day doesn't have to mean Southern Cross tattoos and the Aussie flag worn as a cape — it is possible to style it up right. Enter patriotic nail duos! If you want to keep your love for our sunburnt country a little low-key this week and right through into the weekend, why not go cobalt or navy blue with a red feature nail, or visa versa? Just remember to keep your talons short, neat and chic. Click through to see our favourite, perfect Australia Day nail polish pairs.
Call it whatever you like — taupe, greige, mushroom — but we've been big fans of this wear-with-anything shade for some time now. In fact when we wear it, it is the nail polish colour we get the most comments on. A bit more on the brown side of the colour spectrum rather than grey, greige can and will match anything you decide to wear and won't confuse your overall beauty look. It was a big hit on the red carpet recently, with celebrities including Marion Cotillard and Debra Messing rocking the non-committal hue. Click through to see 10 of our favourites.
The standard French manicure is practically a beauty faux pas at this point, but Kaley Cuoco showed us how to take a modern spin that's fresh and unexpected. She went for a bare nail that was accented with a chromatic gold tip. To re-create her look, the key is to start off with a flattering base coat, such as Butter London's Nail Foundation ($24.95). This subtly tinted polish will hide any imperfections in the nail but still allow your natural nail to show through. Once you apply your base coat, use a metallic gold polish, like Ciaté Sand Dune (approx $15.30), to polish the tip. Finish the look with a glossy top coat for a "polished" look.
Nails are arguably the biggest thing in beauty right now. And whether you prefer nail art or are more of a one-polish only kind of gal, there's something available to suit your style: magnetic, glitter, decals, and gel polishes are constantly hitting the market. Regardless of whether you hit the salon for a weekly manicure or you like to pamper at home, we want to know: what was the greatest nail brand of 2012? Cast your vote now and tell us what you think.
The party season is in full swing and let us just say, it's a feast of bright lips and perfect manis. We love a good lesson in beauty maths, and today's schooling is on party lip and nail combos. Sometimes the most unlikely colours can look pretty breathtaking together, and we've got five options we think you'll love.
A black manicure is a fashion staple, but adding a touch of shimmer creates the perfect go-with-everything party manicure. Keep your nails trimmed short and use a file to get your desired shape. Next, apply two coats of your favourite black lacquer — I used Essie Nail Polish in Licorice ($18.95). There are plenty of scintillating topcoats to choose from this season. For this particular manicure, I opted for Butter London Nail Lacquer in Fairy Cake ($45, set of three), which features fine silver and holographic glitter in a pale grey polish. The sheer base mutes the severity of the black polish and adds a dose of multifaceted glitter in one coat.
There's no rule that demands manicure symmetry, you know. Instead, get playful with your nail art and try different designs on each nail. This sparkling combo nail design is fun and looks complicated, but it's easy to re-create. Start off with three complementary nail shades. I like to play with texture, so I opted for one creamy shade, a metallic hue, and a sparkling polish.
I used Essie Nail Polish in Absolutely Shore, Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Believe, and Essie Nail Polish in Beyond Cozy. I painted my thumb and pinkie with the metallic polish, my index finger with the glitter polish, and my middle and ring finger with the creamy polish. Then I added some embellishments by adding a single rhinestone to the base of my middle finger and my pinkie. Next I added glittery polka dots to my ring finger, using the tip of a bobby pin. Lastly the look is finished with a layer of a high-gloss topcoat to seal everything in.