But what if you fall in love with a shade that doesn't work the first time around? You can still sometimes fudge it. "There's this one shade that I love that doesn't look right on me," Lippmann says. "But if I put a thin layer down, let it dry completely, and then add another thin layer, it looks good." Finding the right system to cheat your polish might take some trial and error, but with a little patience, your perfect nude shade will present itself to you.
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.
The celebrity set are back at Flemington Racecourse for Crown Oaks Day today, after launching the event at a fancy lunch yesterday. Myer ambassador Jennifer Hawkins looked divine in a floral headpiece by Flowers by Fleur, while fellow Myer ambassador Rebecca Judd wore Melissa Jackson millinery. Both celebrity stunners wore their hair in loose, beachy waves, and kept their nails relatively neutral — a huge trend for Spring. Delta Goodrem and Mischa Barton both went for bold lip looks at yesterday's luncheon, Delta for one proving the vampy lip need not be saved for Winter. Click through to see all the ladies at their racing beauty best.
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.
Nude nail polish made a statement on recent runways, and though nail art is still all the rage, we're betting on nude nails being the Next Big Thing when it comes to beauty. Finding a shade that matches your skin tone — not to mention one that pops up against it — is easier said than done, though. We searched for the best options for a variety of complexions. See four of our top picks in the video now.
The most fashion-forward manicures this year aren't necessarily the nail art and bright colours we've come to expect. Instead, the emerging look has trended towards delicate, translucent and creamy. It's almost as if the shades match the natural colour of your nail bed. While it's a beautifully understated look, it's not exactly forgiving. Sheer polish doesn't cover up flaws the way opaque colours do and not every polish shade is going to flatter your skin tone. Here's how you can wear the trend even if you don't have a professional manicurist on hand.
No red carpet beauty look is complete without a manicure, and this year's Oscars provided us with more than a few differing polish shades. Nude nails were again a popular choice, adorning the hands of Michelle Williams, Ellie Kemper and Glenn Close, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Louise Roe both opted for variations of a soft pale pink. Deep, daring shades were the order of the day for Natalie Portman and Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Lopez took a leaf out of Rihanna's book, choosing a metallic gold. Click through to see all the celebrity manicures.
Ever since the Pulp Fiction era, Chanel has been setting nail polish trends. And for last few seasons, the brand's name has been synonymous with which polish will adorn our fingers and toes for the upcoming months. So much so that the polish names stand alone, recognisable without any mention of the iconic brand name. Jade. Particulière. Riva. Khaki Vert. Mimosa. We wanted them all. And so did everyone else. So it was with baited breath that we waited for the models to walk the catwalk at the Hôtel du Cap in France today to see which colour would be next. But alas, it wasn't to be. For Peter Philips, Global Director of Chanel Makeup, chose a naked nail for the Cruise collection 2011/12, in keeping with the "easiness" of the rest of the makeup palette. At first we were shocked, but given Chanel's penchant for trend-setting, we're predicting that it won't be long until we see a rise in nail polish remover sales. Thoughts?
The 2011 Oscars were a classic affair, at least when it came to manicures. Unlike the Grammys nail trends, the look here was simple and timeless — with lots of celebs, including Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis and Reese Witherspoon all opting for pale pinks and beiges; simple, neutral shades that wear well with anything. Jennifer Hudson picked a metallic shade and there was the occasional retro red from Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway but it was mainly nudes that ruled.
It's been another ah-mazing awards ceremony with the 2011 SAG Awards and celebs nailed it (sorry) on the mani front, with some opting for punchy pinks and racy reds, while darker colours such as steel, purple and plum also made an appearance. However, similarly to the Golden Globes, short, nude and natural seems to be a foolproof look, and the perfect accompaniment to any frock. Whaddya reck? Are you loving the brighter shades, as seen on True Grit cutie Hailee Steinfeld? Or is the barely-there look more your kinda thing? Have a look through all the manis now . . . Got a fave one?