Getting a professional manicure is one of life's simplest and greatest pleasures, but it's not always a smart move to skip rent payments just so you can have good-looking nails (sigh). We have good news for you, though — giving yourself a manicure to rival a professional's is actually so easy — all you need is a little bit of time up your sleeve and the right tools. Got a spare half an hour? Click through our 11-step gallery to see what you need (our last tip is almost too good to be true), and we'll guide you step by step. Isn't it time you took some time for yourself? We thought so!
We all know daytime nails are kind of subtle, but when it comes to the weekend, we like to give our digits a little bit of crazy, stupid, love. The POPSUGAR editors' are all big nail-painting fans, so you can imagine our excitement when new trends and colours come in! See what we're loving right now, for daytime and party time!
From the polish with the cutest name going around, I couldn't wait to try Hello Darling's Rockcandy manicure. The effect is almost like yummy hundreds and thousands on your nails! I used a colour from last year's Spring collection called The First Corsage ($18.95), and Millions & Billions Rockcandy ($24.95 when sold with the Wednesday lacquer). My base coat was Orly's new mini offering of Top 2 Bottom ($10.95), along with my old favourite, Sally Hansen Extended Wear Top Coat ($11.45) to finish. This one is super easy and quick, so click through to see how it's done!
To do this, pour a little of the gold polish onto a piece of paper, and then use the tip of a pencil or bobby pin to dot the metallic hue onto your nail. You only need a small amount of polish for each dot, or else you might make them too big. Don't forget to seal the look with a high-shine top coat, like Essie Good to Go ($15.95), for a fast-drying finish.
Nail art can be quite tricky to master, which is why we turned to Stephanie Lavery, the editor in chief of Nail It! magazine, to tell us the dos and don'ts of artful manicures. She dishes on all sorts of nail tricks and tips, from at-home to professional polish jobs and even nail safety.
The spotlight may be on the clothes, but New York fashion week is also where the new nail art and colour trends emerge. From intricate, hand-painted designs to ways to play with colour, texture, and shapes, we present the fashionable nail looks that have been designer-approved for Fall 2013.
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.