19 posts tagged "Nail polish"
For those who were underwhelmed by the back-to-basics, nude fingertips that dominated the Spring 2014 runways, don’t despair. The Italian edition of the Nailympics is set to take place on February 9 and 10 at the Rome Exhibition Center.
In a country where drama builds to decadent excess, Nailympics spotlights the latest international technology and trends through color, embellishment, and fantasy set onto keratin canvases by nail technicians—ranging from nascent students to seasoned veterans.
Four competitions are devoted to various techniques, such as acrylic sculpting, gel sculpting, and French-tip acrylics. Not for the faint of heart (or those who lack a steady hand), the highlight of the event is the Fashion Design Soak Off Manicure, in which artists create elaborate manicures inspired by haute couture. As athletes go to extremes in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, beauty buffs will be doing the same.
Vibrant fuchsia. Creamy teal. Mermaid green. Lilac-tinged gray. Just a few of the colors that have graced my nails this summer and fall. But after many months of polish changes, I’m officially tapped—or, ahem, tipped—out. Right now, nothing seems more appealing than a naked nail, but truth be told, when mine have nothing on them, they look a little lackluster. Nail artist Jenna Hipp’s latest collaboration with perennially cool lacquer brand RGB officially solves that conundrum. Liquid Buff imparts the shiny, healthy effect of a buffed nail—minus any actual buffing, which, according to Hipp, can be detrimental to your nails. Not to be confused with RGB’s Buff, a nude polish, this new innovation is not a color, but an effect. And a special one at that.
Hipp x RGB Liquid Buff, $20, available at Olive & June, Beverly Hills.
When Chanel launches a new shade of nail polish, it’s not unlike a magician’s prop in that it seemingly vanishes before your eyes. The new duo that appeared on chanel.com today is likely to perform the same disappearing act as the many bottles of limited-edition colors (like the elusive Jade) that came before it. Magic, an indigo, and Cosmic, a black lacquer laced with blue and silver pearl, are both designed with the night sky in mind. Reminiscent of the house’s Fall 2013 collection, the onyx hue evokes the glittery tweeds sent down the runway, and the cerulean tone is similar to the blue fur hats fitted on select models’ heads, or the double-breasted jacket worn by Cara Delevingne. Karl Lagerfeld and makeup artist Peter Philips intended the celestial lids dotted with jumbo silver sparkles (created for this season) to be seen from the last row at the Grand Palais, but these subtle yet festive varnishes are to be viewed at cocktail-party range—subtly catching the light as you tip back your flute of champagne.
$27 each, chanel.com
A nail-polish color that has continually caught my eye this season can only be compared to a man-made disaster: an oil spill. And while I promise you I have a heart and that those Dawn commercials with ducklings covered in the slick stuff get me every time, this shimmery, multifaceted hue on fingertips is, dare I say it, unexpectedly chic. Whether you prefer an opaque finish (such as Essie’s For the Twill of It and RGB Nail Color in Dusk) or a sheer top coat (like Butter London’s Petrol Overcoat), this purple-gray metallic that changes with the light is reminiscent of the New York City streets after a downpour. Even better: No baby animals were harmed in the creation of this strangely beautiful shade.
A red manicure is a seasonal standard at this point. And whether you like your crimson merry and bright or glitzy and glamorous, there’s already a bottle for everyone. Reece Solomon, the designer behind handbag line Reece Hudson, partnered with RGB founder Gina Carney to create two limited-edition polishes (launching tomorrow) that felt just as festive but were far more unexpected. The duo decided upon Rose Gold and Green Gold to match the hardware on Solomon’s Fall collection…and coordinate with pretty much everything else that’s already in your closet. “There’s been a long period of it being cool to clash, so, naturally, the opposite is always going to feel more fresh,” the designer explained. “There’s also something much more interesting and modern about seeing green-gold nails against an identically colored metal bag than, say, red nails on a red satin clutch.” As for what Solomon carries in her metal minaudière (her evening accessory of choice for the holidays): Rosebud lip salve, lipstick, Altoids, a lighter, and a travel-size vial of perfume. Although both shimmery shades are guaranteed to make the matchy-matchy concept feel fresh again, this duo looks equally as divine against a glass of bubbly.
$18 each, or $35 for the pair, www.rgbcosmetics.com