Last week revealed Illamasqua's new Rubber Brights Nail Varnish, and this week, we bring you Speckled Nail Varnish ($22.50 each). Limited edition and reminiscent of a speckled egg, we've got an exclusive look at the collection, set to drop in store at Myer on January 31. The polish is semi-sheer on the first coat, but you'll have the full effect by the second. Be sure to add a high-shine top coat for maximum mani power, and why not mix the colours and wear a cute combination across both hands? Pastels are great like that. Click through to see the colours up close — we know what we'll be wearing on our talons this Easter...
After dabbling with matte nail polish and not feeling overly impressed with the end result, I was really curious to try the new rubber finish. I'd read a bit about it and knew Illamasqua had a really cool collection coming out, so I'm delighted to introduce to you: Rubber Brights Nail Varnish ($21 each). We have a sneaky first look at the range up close, and I think nail polish aficionados will be really impressed. After your base coat, you only need two thin coats to get the full gumboot effect, and its super fast drying. Like, to the tune of 30 seconds per coat.
My heart went straight for Prosperity — the royal purple — and if you keep clicking, you can see it on my nails. The colours were inspired by the dominatrix Rubber Boot Girl of 1920s Berlin fame, which is very Illamasqua. Always loud, always proud. Love it.
Illamasqua stockists: Myer
Adele won Best Original Song at this week's Golden Globe Awards, and being her first outing since baby, we were dying to lay eyes on her! The Brit singer went sky-high with her hair and thanks to Sally Hansen, her pointy claw nails were shinier than the trophy she took home. Interestingly, the brand created an exclusive gold-flecked nail polish for the event, and it's called Pennies for Heaven. Her manicurist used a rose petal pink underneath the gold, which is a handy way to give a metallic or glitter-based polish greater depth and dimension. The same goes for using white as a base under neon and pastel polishes. So sneaky, right? Click through to see Adele's nails up close and find out how we'll be adapting this look on our talons.
After your base coat, apply two thin layers of nude polish. I recommend waiting a minimum of an hour before proceeding to the next step, which involves tape. Once the nude layer is completely dry, use regular tape to section off the outer part of your nail. Place it diagonally, leaving the part you want metallic bare. Paint over with one coat of metallic and peel the tape off while the polish is still wet. Now repeat on the rest of your fingers and seal the look with a high-shine top coat. The metallic mixed with a creamy nude offers a nice play of textures, and the muted look is suitable for even the most conservative workplaces.
All you need to do is make a trip to your local craft store and pick up a packet of gold foil. Break up the pieces using a bobby pin on top of a piece of paper. Next, funnel the pieces into your favourite topcoat little by little, using the polish brush to push pieces down into the polish. If you don't want to sacrifice a whole bottle of topcoat, then simply break off pieces of the gold foil and sandwich them between two layers of topcoat like I did for the look above.
On the back of the announcement Alexander Wang will take over from Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, we think a nail tribute to the designer's simple, sporty aesthetic is in order. We fell pretty hard for the reverse t-bar sandals that hit the catwalk during his Spring '13 collection showing at New York fashion week, the silver in particular. Aluminium-style polish is perfect for some feature nail action, but it also looks super luxe when painted on all nails. The key is three coats for maximum coverage. Ready?
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...
We've been on a bridal countdown for a couple of months now, and after covering off any major skin and cosmetic concerns, mastering the at-home facial and even highlighting our favourite bridal lippies — it's finally time to talk about the nails. Now before you start thinking about the perfect nude or blush pink, let us take you on a rather edgy talon journey with not-so-traditional but very alluring colours. Think black, deep burgundy and glitter.