Move over, crackle nail polish, textured nail polishes are having a moment. Less-prominent than a 3-D charm but more dimensional than your everyday lacquer, these polishes dry with a matte finish, use tiny glitters to impart a pebbled effect on each digit, and switch up your nail surface in just one swipe. Click the photo to see our favorites.
Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff sashayed onto the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards in a ballroom-esque peplum dress—and that wasn’t the only thing influenced by her day job. Her bright yellow manicure included a detail inspired by her dance partner Jacoby Jones’s Baltimore Ravens jersey number. “They’re yellow and I have a purple number 12 on my ring fingers,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com of her look. “The reason for that is that it fits the outfit [from Monday night's competition]. I don’t have a lot of time to turn around from the MTV Movie Awards to being live on Dancing with the Stars, so I’m rocking yellow nails with a red dress. I know it’s a no-no, but there’s nothing I can do!” We love the nail shout-out!
Plus, learn more about Karina’s costumes this season.
— Lindzi Scharf
It’s time to channel your inner Ariel and be a part of Deborah Lippmann’s world! For her latest collection, the nail pro looked to the ever-popular Mermaid’s Dream hue (center) to inspire a quad of summery tones that hold the same dynamic shimmer. “This collection is happiness in a bottle, so just have fun and let the color suit your mood,” Lippmann told InStyle.com exclusively of the new cerulean, tangerine, lavender, and blush hues. “There’s a shade to complement every skin tone and to match every bikini!” Thanks to the varied sizes of glitter used in the formula, the lacquer dries to a slight textured appearance with a glossy finish. Plus, they make just as big of an impact under the sea as they do on land: “When you put your toes in the water and look down at them, the shimmer is gorgeous!” Lippmann added. Find the new Mermaid lacquers ($19 each) on deborahlippmann.com now.
Plus, shop the best mani-pedi pairs in the gallery below.
When it comes to her manicures, Beyoncé always sets the bar high. We couldn’t help but notice her latest design—the patterned digits she had on her fingers as she started doing the motions to her “Single Ladies” dance in her new Pepsi commercial. Beyoncé chose the NCLA nail wraps in Umoja, which were designed by Melody Eshani. The pattern is Eshani’s interpretation of how colorful Maasai jewelry would look as a textile print, and we love how each finger gets its own unique design. Pick up a set for $16 at shopncla.com now.
See more celebrity manicures in our gallery!
Matching your digits to your dress is a no-fail beauty move, but now, you can coordinate your nails and your fragrance with Essie and Ralph Lauren‘s first-ever collaboration. The famed nail brand created four custom lacquers inspired by the label’s Big Pony scents, and we love how each hue is an exact match to the blue, pink, yellow, and violet flacons. The shades are available in Ralph Lauren’s limited-edition gift sets ($45 each; Macy’s and Bloomingdales stores nationwide), which also include a 50 ML Big Pony eau de toilette, and body spray. Plus, at select Macy’s outposts, you can get an in-store manicure using the vivid hues—visit macys.com to find a location near you.
See the pretty mani-pedi combos we’re loving for spring in the gallery below.
It’s time for a pastel party! Easter is this weekend, so consider pairing your ensemble with pretty makeup in light, feminine shades. We rounded up our favorite beauty products in sweet hues that won’t leave you with a toothache—from delicate nail lacquers to candy pink glosses to even caramel-scented fragrances. Click through our gallery to shop all the products now!
It was the manicure that launched a thousand swipes! Zooey Deschanel may have helped amp up the nail art craze with her black-tie pattern at the 2012 Golden Globes, and because she’s our awesome April cover girl, we’re asking you: How creative can you be? Starting today, you can enter to win a beauty basket filled with CoverGirl‘s latest must-haves by showing us your own unique spin on Zooey’s buttoned-up pattern (don’t worry, we have step-by-step instructions in the gallery!). So break out the bright colors, throw on some rhinestones, or even add a boutonniere—the sky’s the limit. To enter, you must be following @InStyle on Twitter, then just Tweet a photo of your mani and include the hashtag #InStyleNailArt. Three lucky winners with the most original takes on the pattern will be selected to win the amazing beauty prize. The contest ends on April 2nd, so click through our gallery for the full tutorial, and start painting today!
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Fresh on the heels of OPI‘s Skyfall-inspired collection, the nail brand is looking to James Bond once again to launch a six-piece nail polish range based on the franchise’s most-memorable vixens. “It has been a thrill to create color for the women who have captured Bond’s attention over the last six decades,” said OPI co-founder and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “Worn without a top coat, these Liquid Sand lacquers give nails a pebbled, matte finish worthy of captivating the Bond girls’ name.” The shades range from the Ursula Andress-inspired gold to high-impact brights, and we love how each polish imparts a fashion-forward matte effect in just one swipe. The Bond Girls collection hits stores in May for $9.50 per bottle—but you can get a sneak peek at the entire lineup right now in the gallery.