She looked a treat in her Giambattista Valli dress (hello legs), but it was Diane Kruger's eggshell blue nails that had us in a spin yesterday. It's a curious colour contrast, but at the same time, just so right. Yesterday's Oscars capped-off a whirlwind awards season, and we noticed a huge lean towards nude, taupe and grey nails — a big nod to the Spring 2013 trends. Now as much as we love an understated nail (and watching a runway trend come to life), Diane's baby blues made the perfect mod statement at Vanity Fair's after party. To copy the look on your own talons, keep reading.
Valentine's Day nail art does not always have to include hearts painted all over your nails. This decorative take on a moon manicure dresses up your nails with another Valentine's Day motif: the doily. This lacy design seems more complicated than it really is, but all you need is one romantic nail polish shade, a bottle of white lacquer, and a bobby pin.
First, paint your nails the base colour. I chose Chanel Le Vernis in Fracas ($39) for a vibrant pink that kept the look from getting too dainty. After you've applied two coats, use the white polish to create a moon shape at the base of your nail. I used COVERGIRL Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm. You don't have to worry about making the perfect shape because the next step is to add the scalloped edges of the doily.
Using the bobby pin, dab the ball tip into the white polish, and then create the white doily shape. Remove the white polish from the bobby pin with remover, dab the tip into the pink polish, and add the pink dots along the scalloped edges. The final look creates a pretty lace-like accent on your nails.
One of the most exciting parts of Couture Fashion Week: Chanel nail polish. And in this particular case, you don't have to wait to buy the gorgeous apricot shade that came down the runway. The models' fingertips were polished with Le Vernis in Emprise ($39), a limited-edition hue from the new Spring 2013 collection. Best of all, it's available very soon on January 27. See the bottle and a picture of it on the runway, when you read more.
Please allow us to have another indulgent Cara Delevingne moment, won't you? After taking out the gong for Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, we can't help but stare lustfully at her metallic green Burberry shift dress. The silver shoes are all kinds good, too, but it's that particular shade of gold-y green that has us, well, green with envy. While we can't exactly afford new Burberry, we can paint our nails in homage to the metallic goodness that is Miss CD. Follow us...
There's nothing quite like a new, shiny Chanel makeup collection. For Spring 2013 — available from January 27 — the Printemps Precieux de Chanel offering is about the understated, playful woman. It's very feminine with soft, bare eyes, a pure complexion and a colour focus on the nails and lips. Think satin, peach and pink — the word lovely comes to mind. Click through to see the collection, and don't wait because some items are limited edition only.
Images courtesy Chanel
It's fair to say that Olivia Palermo never gets it wrong on the red carpet or front row, but we firmly believe her best fashion and beauty moment ever, happened during Paris couture fashion week earlier this year. Looking almost edible in pink lace Valentino, the celebeauty added a touch of glamour with sparkly ankle-strap Giuseppe Zanotti heels and chic cat-eye shades. Her hair was her signature shade of glossy and her nails were cherry red, making for an unlikely colour combo hero. Oh Miss P, you so fine.
All our favourite celebrities were out in fashionable force on Saturday for the annual Caulfield Cup, officially kicking-off the racing season (yay). Lara Bingle wore the most divine ear cuff — very Rodarte! — but it was Jessica Gomes's lace fascinator that had us in a spin. Cute but sexy at the same time, we loved her simple black and white look. Fancy a lace-effect on those talons of yours? Well it's super easy to do at home with nail wraps or for those more experimental, nail polish and a nail art pen. Come with us, pretty.
Nude nails were a massive trend at the Spring 2013 international fashion shows, and we're predicting your nails will be permanently painted nude in the coming months. The nothing but everything shade is the perfect edition to every girl's beauty cupboard, but finding the perfect nude can be tricky. Some polishes look nude in the bottle but actually come out quite sheer, but we recommend a solid nude — one that disguises the whole nail — to rock this trend. You don't really want to have to do more than two coats, but three is absolutely fine. Just remember to let each layer dry completely before painting the next. Check out our top five nude polishes on every budget — these won't disappoint.
OK so here's a little confession. While we're positively obsessed with beauty products, we also have a soft spot for fashion. Fab is always pointing us in the right direction when it comes to trends and colours, and more often than not, we go ahead and adapt them to our nails. Totally normal, right? After falling hard for Diane von Furstenberg's Carolina Lips Embellished Satin Clutch, we got to thinking about the perfect polish match that is black and gold. The baroque trend is still having a major moment, so why not apply it to your talons? You could do black nails and gold tips, or even use the gold only on your ring fingers for a feature nail effect. Click through to see our top five polish picks.
OK so we know, that you know, that we love nail polish. Whether it is bright, dark, sparkly, gel or matte — we'll gladly put it on our fingernails. And everybody knows that nail art equals spirit fingers, so if we can paint a pattern or attach a 3D flower, we're into that, too. But what about when we need to have serious nails? You know the type, not loud and outgoing but more the type of nail that likes to hang in the background but still look totally chic just in case that cute guy nail walks over and asks if he can be her top coat... This week, we asked the Sugar editors to pick their two favourite office-ready polishes. These are the classics. The fail-safe colours that will go with everything and won't freak your male co-workers out.