Mesh. Metallic. Reptile. Velvet. No, we’re not just talking about our latest Fall collection.
With nail art being at the forefront of the latest fashion trends, it’s no surprise some of this season’s hottest styles are being translated into eye-catching manicures. In fact, beauty addicts have already begun to covet the dark and dramatic styles making their debut on popular nail blogs over the past few weeks.
And no matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned nail art pro, each of these three looks has the capacity to elevate your fingers to a haute couture level (minus the Rodeo Drive attitude or Fifth Avenue sticker shock).
Beginner: Velvet Nails
Soft and chic, velvet nails are riding the texture wave seen across the fashion runways last spring. This simple kit doesn’t require a great degree of skill, but you might have a hard time choosing between their bold berry, cool blue suede or a cashmere mink hues. (Ciate Nail Kit, $19.00; Sephora)
Intermediate: Reverse Metallic French Manicure
Have a steady hand and a desire to dazzle in a subtle way? Carry this season’s hot metallic trend right on down to your fingertips. Perfect for the office, this easy how-to explains how you can apply a bright silver or gold to your nails and then layer it with a soft pastel for a gorgeous muted effect. (Here’s a how-to from MTV.)
Pro: Studded Mesh Effect
While we wish we were born with the nail art gene a la Miss Ladyfinger, sometimes we’re just as happy to plop down in our favorite nail art salon (BTW, that’s Valley in Soho if you’re curious) and let the experts take over. Thankfully, we’re yet to encounter a design they couldn’t master — this studded mesh pattern being no exception. This rock star mani is the perfect pairing of mesh and gold studs, making it a trendy double threat for this season’s hardcore fashionistas.
Short, long or somewhere in between — just remember nail art is one of the few things in life where “one size fits all” truly applies.
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