Show your love for the US of A tomorrow by copying this manicure created by my crafty sister Sam:
Start by applying a base coat like Essie All In One Base, $9.50 and painting all but your ring fingers in two coats of a deep red hue topped with red glitter polish. Try Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Dragon, $26 and China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Ruby Pumps, $6.50.
Next, paint your ring fingernails with opaque white nail polish (try Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in White On, $2.82).
Use tweezers to place three adhesive rhinestone stars (pick these up at your local craft store like Michaels) in a diagonal line across your white nails. Secure them with a bit of nail glue (try Kiss Maximum Speed Nail Glue, $2.49) for long-lasting hold.
Finish the look by applying a clear top coat to all of your nails. Try China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat, $6.49.
Happy Fourth of July to you all!
– Kristen Oldham Giordani
If you’re looking for a go-to nail polish shade for summer, I may have found it for you. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Trout Pout, $14 is the perfect combo of pink and coral. It’s bright and fun, so not too too classic. But it’s classic enough to look fabulous with anything you put on. I’m kinda obsessed.
I’m wearing it on my toes right now, but plan to swipe it on my nails this week. Love.
What lacquer shades are you obsessed with for summer?
I’m all for experimenting with color when it comes to nail polish, but not everyone agrees that shades of blue, green or grey belong on your fingertips. One of the first few times I had dinner with my father-in-law (he wasn’t my father-in-law at the time), Chanel Vamp was the color of the moment and I was wearing it proudly. Being the conservative, traditional guy he was, he kindly reminded me that women should only wear pink or red on their nails. I’ll never forget these “words of wisdom” he shared with me because I was so impressed that he had even noticed my nails. Has it stopped me from showing off purple, orange and fun, multi-colored manicures? Heck no.
Then, just this past weekend at a family gathering my mom and grandma showed up wearing grey and sparkly blue polishes respectively. I had never seen my mom sport this grey hue, so it definitely caught my eye, but I was too busy with the festivities to stop and think much about it.
My sisters didn’t let it go though. At the end of the afternoon, they mentioned the wacky nail polish shades. They weren’t fans and wondered, “at what age should women stop following trends like wearing bright or unexpected nail polish colors?” We didn’t come to a conclusion, so I thought I’d let you weigh in on this. What’s your opinion: Should women over 50 stick to neutral and pink shades when it comes to nail color? And, at what age should women avoid these non-traditional nail polish hues?
Bright and neon nail hues are hot for summer and if there’s one collection of polishes you should try (or add to your must-buy summer beauty shopping list) it’s the Thakoon for Nars Summer 2012 Nail Polish Collection. The designer teamed up with Nars to create a collection of nail colors reminiscent of “the pulsating hues of an Indian spice market” — shades that complement his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. I’m obsessed and have already added myself to their mailing list (add yourself to the list) so that I’m one of the first in line to buy these shades. My faves include the bright yellow hue Amchoor, the turquoise Koliary and the orange-y/red Lal Mirchi — OK, OK, I like them all.
Will you try them? If not, which products are on your must-buy summer beauty list?