Ever since the velvet manicure popped into our radar in early 2012, we couldn't WAIT to try out the fuzzy stuff. Ciaté released a set at Sephora that comes in burgundy, navy and gray, which is perfect for fall, but after taking it for a spin, we kind of, um, wanted to turn it up a notch. We are, after all, total nail art FIENDS, so it's hard for us to stick to one solid color on all of our tips. All it takes is a little flocking powder (which you can find at any local craft store or all over the internetz) sprinkled over some wet polish, and TA-DA! Velvet mani ideas for dayyysss. Let's check out some of our favorite furry inspiration from around the interwebs, shall we?
CHANNEL YOUR FAVE FUZZY MONSTER
When it comes to furry monsters (or muppets), there's no shortage of of hairy beasts that can be transformed into nail art on your tips. (PLEASE peep this xoJane Cookie Monster mani if you haven't already.) The gal behind Pixel's Polish wanted to bring her favorite Pixar characters to life by making a 3D homage to the terrifying twosome from Monsters, Inc.. She did teal and purple flocking powder polka dots on the majority of her tips, but left one accent finger open for a detailed homage to that oh-so-famous single green eye. Perf!
When New York Fashion Week and nail art combine, beauty is BOUND to happen, and at the spring 2013 shows we couldn't get enough of all the killer designs! From out-of-this-world 3D nail art to subtle stained tips, there was certainly no shortage of mini masterpieces to be found on the runway. We narrowed down our top 10 favorite designs, so take a peek at all the stellar nail art below!
Nail art from the spring 2013 The Blonds show at New York Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images
The Blonds certainly glam it up for their runway ensembles, so of course they needed top-notch nails to match! While the models all wore different nail designs, we personally liked this new approach to the traditional caviar manicure. The red pearls are placed delicately down the center of the nail for an avant-garde take on the trend. (Also, PLEASE don't forget to take a peek at Phillipe Blond's tips. Like, we're gonna need our face painted our nails ASAP. Kthxbi.)
Just when you think we've dissected every fashion and beauty moment from the 2012 VMA red carpet, we still have a little somethin' somethin' hiding up our sleeve—nail art! Tons of our favorite ladies sported super cute designs on their digits, and we NEEDED to get a closer look at these mini masterpieces. Katy Perry matched her nails to her killer goth-meets-garden-party Elie Saab Couture gown. She got her claws dolled up with a mishmash of studded half moon floral designs, bejeweled crosses, and red marbled tips. We're gonna need to try this mani out ASAP, kthxbi.
We were lucky enough to take a quick trip to Los Angeles last week (hayyy, West Coast!) and, like any true nail art aficionado would do, we hit up THE Chi Nail Bar in Beverly Hills. By the time we left the salon, we were feeling more inspired and badass than ever with a decked-out black, gold and pink studded mani. In fact, it was then and there that we decided to ditch the summery floral and neon nail trends and officially transition into darker, gothier looks for fall. (And, um, our current fondness for all-black tips miiiiight also symbolize the impending doom that's about to come next week. *cough*New York Fashion Week*cough*) So check out some of our favorite studded manis that you can ACTUALLY recreate from home. First up, Jenny from 10 Blank Canvases totally wowed us by making her OWN studs out of polymer clay (wut), which she placed down the center of her nail. We love how she used a matte black polish as the base to add some serious depth. Killer!
If you like nail art but don't have the time/skills/creativity to dream up mini designs for your fingertips, look no further! We rounded up the hottest (and easiest) nail products that'll spice up your mundane mani in seconds flat. From fuzzy fingers to fruit-scented digits to 18K gold polish, you'll be sure to turn heads with a fresh nail game JUST in time for fall.
1.) THE VELVET MANICURE
Ciaté's Velvet Manicure.
Just when we thought the caviar manicure was the ultimate mind-blowing 3D nail art, Ciaté released another texturizing nail kit for the fall—this time with flecks of fuzzy velvet! Ooooh. The kit includes a pot of polish with matching velvet powder, brush and tray ($19). The sets come in a burgundy "Berry Poncho," a navy "Blue Suede," and a gray "Mink Cashmere." To use, you just apply a few taps of the powder over freshly painted nails and TA-DA! You'll have the coziest (and chicest!) tips in town.
We hope you've been perfecting your nail art skills all summer long because, um, school starts next week. *horror movie scream* Obvi we want you to head back to class looking your ABSOLUTE best, so we rounded up some super school-appropriate designs that'll totally make you the coolest gal in your grade. No matter how skilled (or not!) you are at nail art, we have a plethora of options at every level of difficulty. We know you weren't expecting a homework assignment THIS early, but we've got one for you: Pick a design below, test it out, and let us know how it goes! (Extra credit for posting a pic.) Annnddd go!
Listen, there's nothing wrong with liking your reading assignments. It's cool to be a bookworm, and the gal behind Freestyle Nails found a way to make it stylish too! She painted a green and yellow worm across her tips and completed the look with a polka dot bow tie (aw!), glasses and a hat. For her thumb, she painted a book because, well, duh! It's a bookworm, guys.
We never thought we'd say this, but OMG, WE ARE SO SAD THE OLYMPICS ARE OVER. *sniff sniff* It feels like just yesterday we were prepping our Opening Ceremony party ensemble, and now the Closing Ceremony is over, and we're left with nothing but bags of chips and a Spice Girl song stuck in our head. The cool part, though, is that this year's Olympics were not only filled with tons of hard-earned U.S. victories, but also some of THE most unforgettable style moments! From the sparkly leotards to killer nail art to amazing waterproof makeup, there were endless amounts of memorable fashion and beauty looks that will forever be ingrained in our memories. Let's check out our top 10 picks, shall we?
1.) RYAN LOCHTE'S AMERICAN FLAG GRILL
First and foremost—Mr. Ryan Lochte. Before a couple weeks ago, we knew next to nothing about this Olympic medal-winning swimmer, but as it turns out he has a SERIOUS penchant for fashion-y kicks, grills, and memorable catchphrases (JEAH!). His decked-out American flag grill almost cost him a gold medal, but we think it was TOTALLY worth it, right? Sooo shinnnyyy.
As you may (hopefully!) remember, last week we caught up with the lady behind all those killer Olympic nail designs, Ms. Sophy Robson, and she dished out allll the deets on what it's like giving top athletes the most badass manis. We immediately fell in love with her nail designs but, um, we don't live anywhere near London. In fact, the more we thought about it, there are tons of ladies who can't even get their hands on a good nail artist in their area! So, we asked Sophy to explain step-by-step how to get an Olympic-themed manicure at home for all us stateside folks. Of course she wanted to do the Union Flag (British pride!), and we willingly obliged. Also, even though she suggested using only Max Factor colors, we ain't choosy! You can pick whatever red, white, and blue polishes you already have laying around in your closet, and, if you're anything like us, we KNOW you have tons of shades to choose from. So, what are you waiting for? Check out how to get a DIY flag manicure below in just six super easy steps. (P.S.- You're welcome.)
Sophy Robson backstage at Christopher Kane's show during London Fashion Week.
Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Jones
So, the Olympics are still happening, and yeah, the U.S. has won 18 gold medals (so far), which is AMAZING and GREAT and everything, but despite all that, there seems to be another part of the games that people can't stop talking about—the nail art. We've already showed you all the killer designs that athletes have sported thus far, but haven't you been wondering just HOW every competitor got their hands on such mind-blowing manis? Well, as it turns out, one of London's biggest nail artists Sophy Robson (who some have deemed the "Nail Queen") teamed up with Max Factor to develop nail designs that are applied at P&G salons inside the Olympic Village. Niiiiiceee. After peeping these incredible manis all week long, we needed to hear from the nail guru herself! Sophy was nice enough to give us some insider deets on what the nail art scene is like in London during one of the biggest events of the year, and how the Olympic Games could change the nail art world forever.