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:
Move over Goldfinger, thereâ€™s a new golden one in town and it sparkles. The Man with the Golden Gun ($30) is an 18-karat gold leaf top coat from OPI that hits shelves in October, just in time to celebrate the November release of Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the James Bond series.
The gold top coat is part of OPIâ€™s celebration of the James Bond Golden Anniversaryâ€”thatâ€™s 50 years of flicks starting with Dr. No in 1962. In tribute, the nail color company will release a special Skyfall Collection that comprises 12 colors ($8.50 each) with apropos names like â€œThe Spy Who Loved Me,â€ a dark red hue, â€œLive and Let Die,â€ a nearly black shade,
We are OBSESSED with Nails Inc. – fresh from London, this kitschy High Street brand has come across the pond with 42 shades of stunning varnishes to choose from. From matte to shimmery shades, crackle topcoats, jewel toned beauties and rich glitter that smacks of the 80s club scene on Carnaby Street, the collection has something to make every mani proud. We love the ones named after London streets and neighbourhoods like Westminster Bridge Matte Effect Top Coat and Kensington Caviar Top Coat and Base Coat – they add a touch of fun and whimsy to the task of painting your nail and toes. Some of our faves are Wellington Square – a peachy neutral, Cadogan Square – a subtle beige, and Old Par
The lash category is exploding and beauty editor fave Hourglass Cosmetics is poised to makes its mark with the new Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28). An ultra-gloss, inky black top coat for lashes that creates, length, volume and shine, Lash Lacquer is formulated to deliver the coveted effect of false eyelashes without the application difficulty or comfort issues.
Itâ€™s designed to be teamed with Hourglassâ€™s Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara for full effect. Simply brush on Lash Lacquer after applying mascara to get long spikey, deep black lashes. It really does banish all signs of wimpy or pale lashes. For best results, always apply Lash Lacquer over mascara but donâ€™t use wi