Oh, hai October. Didn't see you there! Now that we're officially into the fall season, it means YAY, PUMPKINS! PRETTY LEAVES! COAT WEATHER! FALL-THEMED MANICURES! *pants* There's no better way to celebrate a season change than with some killer nail art, amirite? We rounded up our top autumn-inspired designs that'll hopefully inspire you to create some mini masterpieces of your own, so check 'em out below!
We never get tired of seeing Aztec prints, but the typically-bright pattern usually seems better suited for summer. Not anymore! Switch up your neons for some rich shades of burgundy, navy, and gray like Judith from Spektor's Nails, and you've got yourself one badass fall mani, y'all.
Katy Perry arriving in Tokyo on Sept. 24, and her 'Daria' nail art.
Photo: Getty Images/@KatyPerry's Twitter
If there ever was a moment where the stars aligned and everything in the universe fell perfectly into place, this is it, y'all. Like, Katy Perry wearing Daria nail art? Could this be more perfect? NOPE! *high-fives self* KP is constantly bustin' out the best nail game whether it's in music videos or on the red carpet, but this—this officially tops everything we've ever seen. She arrived in Tokyo today (yes, as in, TO. DAY.), and guess what one of her first stops was? To the nail salon, obvs. (Such a girl after our own heart.) She got the ENTIRE cast of the '90s animated MTV series on her tips (we see you, Jake Morgendorffer!) and tweeted, "It doesn't get any better than hand painted DARIA nails by the girls at ES Nails TOKYO!" You're tellin' us, Katy. *mind explodes*
We can't say we're surprised that Zooey Deschanel once again brought her nail art A-game to the red carpet. Girl has been sporting top-notch tips for-ever, so when she tweeted her Emmy Awards-themed design earlier tonight, we just HAD to discuss. First off: Awwww! TV nails! Not only is it incredibly appropriate for the event, but Zooey even put her vintage-y spin on the design by creating a '60s-era tube. Her accent thumb was adorned with the mini TV complete with glitter across the screen, while the rest of her mani was coated with a tangerine base finished with Swarovski crystals and glitter. Ooohh, fancy!
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.