August 22 2014

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Nailing It For Spring


The Fall runways may have been littered with nude nails, but no matter; nothing manages to lift our mood, particularly in the springtime, quite like freshly varnished, colored tips. With the New York weather still fully complying with our winter-be-gone mentality, we thought it the ideal time to present you with some new polish possibilities. Here, our picks from the latest lacquer launches, separated for your convenience into five color families. Let the finger-painting begin.

Sea Change

The ocean’s myriad, jewel-toned greens and blues have inspired pretty mints like Avon’s Aqua Fantasy ($5,, true teals embodied best by Priti’s Partridge Breast ($12.50,, and even a reprise of that frenzy-enducing shade of pale, earthy jade, like OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion ($8.50, Rounding out the under-the-sea offerings are Butter London’s totally beautiful Slapper ($14,, a bright, creamy azure, and Deborah Lippmann’s very aptly named Mermaid’s Dream ($18,, a fantastic blend of gold glitter-flecked aquamarine.

Sweet Treats

Beauty brands always roll out a parade of candy-colored pastels as the warmer months approach, and this year is no exception. The best of the sherbet-colored bunch? Sally Hansen’s Smooth Perfect polishes in Air, a baby blue, and Sorbet, a delectable peach ($5.99 each,, and MAC’s Midsummer’s Dream ($16,, a new riff on classic cotton candy pink. Also worth the trouble of two coats: Essie’s To Buy or Not to Buy ($8,, a pretty lilac, and our personal favorite, Nails Inc’s new Nottinghill Carnival ($9.50,, an optimistic canary yellow that is pretty much happiness, bottled.

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Hollywood & Fine: LA-LA Land’s Newest Beauty Addresses


L.A. has long been an enclave for beauty, with its storied movie lots serving up screenstar-caliber primping and priming (and its scalpel-wielding doctors performing all manner of nipping and tucking). But the City of Angels has recently put itself on the map as a destination for new, improved services that meld luxury and convenience. With Drybar and the just-opened Blushington leading the charge, outposts for the latest advances in pampering are popping up all over 90210. Here, our top three new recruits.

The Nail Bar

The Beverly Wilshire—which Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s characters called home in Pretty Woman—is known for its well-earned stench of old Hollywood glamour. But the hotel’s latest addition is hardly a throwback. At the newly opened Nail Bar, guests peruse magazines on sleek iPads and nibble on small plates of beef tataki while aestheticians lacquer tips with polishes from Essie, Chanel, Butter London, and CND’s instant-drying, chip-free Shellac gel-polish crossover. To add to the experience, Champagne is served on a shaded deck with fire pit and cushy flip-flops replace disposable foam thongs so you can properly pad through the intimate white and silver space.

From $50, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 385-7023,

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Are Nails Stains The New Nail Art?


Back in the old days—before nail decals, Minx, neon lacquers, and crackle topcoats—women frequently wore their nails in the buff, rubbing a rose cream into the nail bed that, when polished and shined, produced a red-hued finish. “A raincoat of color” is how CND nail tech Angie Wingle explains the effect, which she reinvigorated backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim (more on that in a bit). “The purpose is to enhance the nail bed rather than the skin around it,” Wingle pointed out of what amounts to a stain—a thin, watery varnish that applies like a transparent veil of pigment. To create the customized color Lim wanted for Spring, Wingle and her cohorts mixed CND Speedy Topcoat with a few drops of its Raspberry Parfait, a bright cerise, and its Guava, a pale warm coral, yielding a pinkish-hued glaze. It’s an easy way to make well-groomed nails look instantly healthy and a novel idea for the ever-booming nail industry—one that the sisters behind Rococo Nail Apparel have already capitalized on. Ange and Vernice Walker have a sheer Bordeaux stain to wear alone or over other lacquers that’s due out for the holidays.

Photo: Courtesy of CND

Behold: The Lucite-And-Lace Manicure


Last season’s nude nail continues to make a strong showing so far for Spring (BCBG Max Azria, The Row, Peter Som), but the nail-art movement isn’t going out without a fight. Jin Soon Choi doubled up on purple, creating a “slim silhouette” with layered lilac and sparkling amethyst lacquers backstage at Prabal Gurung (more on that in a bit) and yesterday at Joy Cioci, CND’s Candice Manacchio minted the Lucite-and-lace mani. Manacchio’s technique involves twisting and turning pieces of lace on top of a clear acrylic nail then airbrushing a white polish on top to leave behind a unique stencil of the latticework, so no two nails looked exactly alike. Not the owner of a professional airbrushing kit? Not to worry. Manacchio says that placing a drop of white polish on top of your tips and simply using a toothpick to create separation will yield a similar design.

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CND’s Latest Long Shots


Creative Nail Design has a full dance card pretty much every fashion week. Altuzarra. 3.1 Phillip Lim. Jen Kao. Karen Walker. Those are just a few of the many designers turning over finger-painting duties to the CND experts for Spring. Though its talented artists deserve much of the credit for the innovative backstage nail creations, the products themselves also warrant some props—particularly Shellac. The system—base coat plus color coat, topcoat, and a few minutes under a UV lamp—was a major industry game changer when it debuted last year as it requires zero drying time and lasts two weeks without chipping or disintegrating. Believe it. Now power polishers have six new shades to choose from: three bold hues (Purple Purple, Asphalt, and Hotski to Tchotchke) and three gossamer-light
iridescent ones (Zillionaire, Studio White, and Moonlight & Roses). Our favorite shade happens to be a combination of two: a base of the dark creamy gray Asphalt topped with the barely-there opalescent pink Moonlight & Roses. Just think: If you get into the color combo now, you won’t need a new manicure until well into Milan. Click here to find a Shellac salon near you.

Photo: Courtesy of CND