Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer's Must-Try Manicures

The Trend: Leopard Print

Leopard print was all over the runway this season and what better way to transition a runway look to real-life than by creating a crafty nail trend? Dolce & Gabbana was just one of the designers who sent bold, animal-inspired prints down the runway. We created a similar effect by topping warm gold polish with an innovative new top-coat. 
nails - leopard print - runway - dolce & Gabbana 

Leopard Print Manicure How-To

1. Lacquer nails with two coats of gold or metallic brown (we like Dior Vernis in City of Gold, $21; Allow at least five minutes for the polish to dry completely.

2. Sweep one heavy coat of black shatter polish like OPI nail lacquer in Black Shatter ($9; at Ulta) over the entire nail.
nail - how-to - leopard print - runway - dolce & gabbana - dior - OPI 

The Trend: Color-Blocking

Color-blocking is one of Spring's most sought-after trends. Jil Sander especially paired plain bold hues to create a colorful spring look. Take this trend from the runway to your fingertips in three easy steps! 
nails - color block - pink - green - jil sander 

Color-Blocking Manicure How-To

1. Apply one coat of magenta (we're loving Estee Lauder nail lacquer in Purple Passion, $19; at Nordstrom) over the entire nail. Let dry.

2. Place a french manicure strip at the bottom third of your nail.

3. Apply green, such as Revlon Top Speed nail enamel in Emerald ($6; at Target), from the strip to the base of the nail.

manicure - color block - how-to - Jil Sander - Estee Lauder - Revlon

The Trend: Graphic Stripes

Graphic stripes, like the ones we saw at Prada, are a great way to take a break from all of your monotone and floral dresses this season. Looking to take a break from your usual mani too? Graphic stripes can easily be adapted for a new look for your nails! 
nails - graphic stripes - prada - blue - black - manicure 

Graphic Stripes How-To

1. Sweep one stroke of blue (we like Zoya Nail polish in Breezi, $8; from base to tip along the left half of the nail.

2. Sweep black on the right side. Try Orly Nail polish in Liquid Vinyl, $8;

3. Once polish is completely dry, use a white paint pen like Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in White ($8; at Ulta) to connect the two halves. 
manicure - graphic stripes - black - blue - orly - zoya - sally hansen 
What Your Favorite Summer Mani ?