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 concerne
While nail art itself has existed for decades (in the 1970s, salon aestheticians used to draw cute designs with pens on polished nails), the practice today is still a hands-on experience, but with many more options. You can visit your nail art salon and ask them to create your heart’s desire. Or, you could just shop for nail lacquers by brands like L’Oreal, Illamasqua, Sally Hansen, and Essie and create looks that will make even your aesthetician envious.
Here are ways to take your digits to another level using just a few nail lacquers:
Innovations are always welcome, especially in the beauty department, which produces several mensa-worthy ideas yearly. The spotlight right now is on nail lacquers, which have upped the ante in a pretty big way. Think no top coat or base coat. Think gel polish that you can do at home, and which stays put for a solid two weeks without a chip. Now, those are some pretty impressive results. Here are some unique nail lacquers that we think deserve to take home solid gold medals, and certainly merit stocking up on.
COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss ($4.99)
The best part of Outlast is that you need only one coat:
this polish is deep and thick. Shown above in 300 Vio-last