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Nail art is not going away anytime soon, but the hottest trend of the moment (and one that will continue through spring, if the runways are any indication) is more subtle, minimal art.
I love this trend for a couple of reasons. First, it’s something you can do yourself — even if you’re a total nail art novice. Second, you can pull off this trend if you’re 13, 30 or 60. It’s understated enough to wear to the office (even a conservative one), but is so much more exciting than wearing a solid hue.
My latest look is pictured above. I did it in minutes. After applying a base coat, I painted on two coats of Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Bluebell of the Ball, $4.98 (Flower is Drew Barrymore’s newish beauty line. The Nail Lacquers are the latest addition to the brand. Definitely worth trying at this price point. The colors are seriously great.) Next, I used a toothpick dipped in a taupe hue (Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Don’t Be a Wallflower, $4.98) and swiped either a horizontal or vertical line down each of my nails. The lines aren’t totally perfect, which I think is OK. After letting the polish dry for a few minutes, I finished with a quick-dry top coat.
This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:
Top with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20
Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:
What do you think? Shiny or matte?
images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann