Few of us can afford to sit around all day at the nail salon, so thankfully there are do-it-yourself options from brands as well-known as Essie to the newcomer we love, Ciate. While 2013 was a year filled with vibrant color, it also has given us pop-inspired nail art such as Tom Bachik’s designs that Zooey Deschanel rocked at the Golden Globes (the Film Strip moment). But plain colors, and solids including the luscious red from Chanel’s Holiday 2013 Collection (Rouge Rubis) were quite popular in 2013, so a bling-y version of some dependable solids from the year would be an a-okay way to ring in 2014.
Here are three beautiful and elegant ways to kick off 2014, as far as digits are concerned:
Ciate’s ‘s Boudouir Red topped with Caviar Pearls in Frost Yourself
Apply a base coat and layer two coats of Ciate’s plush Boudouir red (a true, grown up almost Gwen Stefani lip color kind of red). Let it dry for a few minutes. Then apply a top coat. Then using a funnel, apply Ciate’s Caviar Pearls in Frost Yourself (these are blue and white) to all or a few nails. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.
There are several ways to play with gold shades, and many of them look very tacky. Crabtree & Evelyn’s new nail lacquer line is very affordable, but looks classy. The Gold nail lacquer goes on beautifully and thick, and all you really need is one coat. This one is for the permanent archives.
This is an easy but impressive looking manicure to flaunt during the New Year. I took Rock Beauty’s new texturized Velvet Navy (a deep, inky violet) and put two layers on my nails. Then I dipped my nails into the texturized and tiny bits of velvet that comes in a jar. I let it dry for a few minutes. Then I layered Essie’s Luxe Effects nail polish in Set in Stones over the dried manicure and covered it with a top coat. Voila, a bling-worthy set of nails in minutes!
There are so many other ways to rock a New Year’s worthy nail too: leave a comment below to tell us yours!