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Nail Style: Add some flair to nude nails with a neon outline!
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Nail Style: Add some flair to nude nails with a neon outline!

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“Nail”-ing the Newsstands: May 2013

The weather is heating up and we are so ready for summer style. We can’t wait to say goodbye to our dark fall lacquers and say hello to fun, bright shades. The May issues of our favorite magazines are just hitting the shelves and we’ve found the best editorials featuring fabulous manicures. Some are still sticking to fall lacquer trends, but most of them are as ready for summery shades as we are!

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Carey Mulligan looks magnificent dressed as her character Daisy Buchanan from the upcoming film The Great Gatsby. Gunmetal nails shine beautifully against her 1920s-inspired fashions.

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Pretty Vacant, seen in British Vogue, takes inspiration from some of the Punk era’s greatest influencers like Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux. To accent a rough, edgy wardrobe, manicurist Anatole Rainey painted the models’ nails with black and white lacquer.

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For Vault Magazine’s sultry Belle de Jour editorial, manicurist Cassandra Lamar used oxblood polish to complement the rich, jewel-toned color palette.

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The most fun editorial in V Magazine’s Spring/Summer issue has to be Double Vision. Models are dressed up like twins in two different designer brands. Manicurist Gina Edwards created several great manicures, including chartreuse talons and monochromatic checkered nails.

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Vogue Portugal’s Comportamento Padrão is the perfect summer editorial! Chic gold matte nails work well to complement the vibrant clothes, hair and makeup.

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Glow Magazine is going retro with their Southern Belle editorial. Bright turquoise lacquer is the best accessory for a colorful, 60s-inspired wardrobe.

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Spain’s Metal Magazine is right on trend with Be My Lover, which features a pink and purple Louis Vuitton Resort 2013 wardrobe and matching lips and nails.

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Do you dream of trying high-end & limited edition nail colors from top luxury brands delivered to your doorstep for just one monthly price?

Then make sure you sign up at Lacquerous!

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Images via Fashion Gone Rogue & Models.com

Instagram Roundup: Fresh Spring Nail Art

Spring is officially here and we are on the lookout for this season’s hottest nail art! As you know, one of our favorite places to get manicure inspiration is Instagram. We love seeing how people experiment with their nails using the top luxury lacquer brands. Here are some of the biggest trends in nail art right now straight from Instagram! (Remember, if you’re a Lacquerous member aka Lacqueen please send us your pics to share!)

The French manicure is always on trend and this season many people are playing around with the classic style.

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Vladi_07’s mismatched French mani is so fun! Laura_ahn used the sparkly Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday on her tips. Arielalaib topped Deborah Lippmann Waking Up in Vegas with a silver Sally Hansen lacquer for a cool geometric look.

Polka dots have been seen a lot on the spring runways and they make for an easy nail art technique to recreate.

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Misturinhachic used several different Dior Vernis shades to create a colorful, Easter egg-inspired manicure. Crimsonlovesyou topped Butter London Lady Muck with Royal Navy dots and a matte topcoat. Mixing royal blue Dior Blue Denim and Essie No Place Like Chrome created a stellar manicure for Fraise_chocolat.

 

Leopard print adds dimension to your manicure, whether you are rocking it on all of your nails or just as an accent design.

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Britbere88 used OPI Gargantuan Green Grape as the base for a neutral leopard print. To add something special to her neon leopard nails, Yannyglez topped them with an OPI matte topcoat. This purple and lavender Dior Vernis design from likemycookie is pretty and sophisticated.

 

Nude nails work for everyone and these ladies chose the perfect luxury shades for their complexions.

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Forecast_for_fashion’s talons look great in Tom Ford Toasted Sugar. Chanel Le Vernis Beige helps Chanel_svp’s short nails look longer. Danariehna’s manicure looks glossy and elegant thanks to Chanel Le Vernis Emprise.

 

Do you dream of trying high-end & limited edition nail colors from top luxury brands delivered to your doorstep for just one monthly price?

Then make sure you sign up at Lacquerous!

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Images via Instagram

The Evolution Of 3D Nail Art

One of the biggest categories in nails is 3D nail art.

Originally from Japan, this elevated form of self-expression is anything but subtle. From flashy rhinestones to mini bows, almost anything can be adorned to your nails! Granted some of the larger 3D pieces may be a little overwhelming (and sometimes “style” can be lost in the name of “art”), but if you want to ease into 3D nail art, there are some great options out there…

Like the caviar manicure! Ciaté makes a nifty kit to achieve this uber-chic design. 

 

Feeling bolder now? Charms, beads, and glitter can be used to create a one of a kind design that really stands out!

Celebrities like Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, and Nicole Scherzinger have all experimented with 3D nail art. These nails are fab! 

Do you dream of receiving high-end & limited edition nail colors from top luxury brands delivered to your doorstep for just one monthly price?

Then make sure you sign up on the Lacquerous site—be the first to get an invite!

Images via Bella Sugar, Be Fashionable, She Finds, & Stylish and Trendy.

Nail the Olympic Look

The London Olympics are in full swing and we think that there’s no better way to show support for your home team than with patriotic nails!

 

The Thakoon for Nars lacquer collection is full of vibrant shades that are perfect for red, white, and blue nails to salute team USA! Pair Lal Mirchi and Koliary with your favorite white lacquer (we recommend Dolce & Gabbana True White) for a chic patriotic manicure.

Rooting for the host country of Great Britain? Go for the gold with this glistening manicure from 10 Blank Canvases.

Show support for many countries with a fabulous national flag manicure.

Get abstract with an ode to the iconic Olympic Rings by using a drinking straw as a nail stamp like Chelsea King of Get Nailed.

 

Do you dream of receiving high-end & limited edition nail colors from top luxury brands delivered to your doorstep for just one monthly price?

Then make sure you sign up on the Lacquerous site—be the first to get an invite!

Images via Full Twist, NARS, Beauty and the Dirt, 10 Blank Canvases, F*** Yeah Nail Art, and Chelsea’s Get Nailed.

Vintage Lacquer: A Fun Flashback

These days, we all know about nail polish, as well as the recent popularity of nail art. But where did the idea of painting one’s nails actually come from?

The history of nail decoration dates back to the Ancient Egyptians, who used henna to color their nails in order to indicate social status; the darker your nails, the higher you were in the caste system. Nail color was also used in China beginning around 600 BC, where members of the royal family wore gold and silver leaf on their nails.

The invention of the emery board and cuticle remover in the early 1900s is when taking care of one’s nails became fashionable. Cutex created the first nail polish in 1917, modeling it after automobile paint.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the most popular manicure style was the half moon manicure. Ladies would paint just the center of the nail, leaving the area closest to the cuticle as well as the tip of the nail bare. Covering the entire nail with lacquer was considered extreme and improper. Red was considered the most ladylike color, but pale pink, nude, white and peach were also popular. It was considered important to choose a lacquer that would complement your outfit as well as match your lipstick.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the half moon style was still popular and there were dozens of colors introduced, including green, yellow, blue, mauve, and black. Matching nails with your clothes was still in vogue. The fashions of the 1960s were far more relaxed than in previous decades. Instead of the half moon manicure, it was customary to paint the entire nail. Colors were less vibrant, including coral, purple and frosty blue hues.

Looking to recreate a vintage nail style on your own nails? Check out this awesome half moon manicure tutorial!

Fall 2012 Nail Trends

Summer is about halfway over and Fall fashion is taking over. Soon we will be putting away our bright neon lacquers in favor of darker hues. According to the runways, one major lacquer trend is jewel tones. From rich burgundy at Catherine Malandrino to navy blue at Karen Walker, bold jewel tones are sure to be a hit this fall.

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Catherine Malandrino

Karen Walker

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Another fall trend is texture. Many designers chose to forego perfectly smooth manicures in favor of nails with interesting textures. The girls at Alice + Olivia wore black and gold glitter manicures that were inspired by fabrics in the collection. At Jeremy Scott, each nail was a different bright color covered in lace.

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The fall haute couture (2012-2013) shows wrapped up this week and our favorite nail art is from Chanel, whose collection was perfectly accented with light pink and silver moon manicures. This shade is a lot softer—appeared to resemble their MAY lacquer—in comparison to the colors they want us to be wearing this Fall: Diwali, Suspicious, Frenzy, Vertigo. We’ll take them all please.

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What is your favorite fall nail trend?

Images via Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery29, & Style.com

Fashion’s Hottest Nail Trends

Each Fashion Week, the latest trends are showcased in elaborate runway shows around the world. Before the nail art movement, the usual nail color choice was either bare nails (horror!) or a pale pink or nude shade. Now that nail art is such a huge trend and a growing business, more designers are taking the time to coordinate the models’ nails with their designs. Here are some of our favorite nail trends straight from the runway!

French Manicure

Popular in the 1920s and 1930s, the French manicure was designed to closely resemble natural nails. A French manicure can complement any outfit. This simple trend can be worn natural for an understated look or with bold colors for a more daring style.

Lacquerous Tip: Break away from the traditional French manicure by using bright lacquers or mixing & matching each nail with different colors.

Half Moon Manicures

Half moon manicures were popular in the 1930s and 1940s because of their ease. Ladies wanted to cut down their time spent painting their nails so they opted to just paint half of them. For a truly vintage look, leave the lower half of your nails bare.

Lacquerous Tip: Looking to recreate this look on your own nails? Use reinforcement labels to achieve the perfect half-moon.

Metallic Nails

We love anything shiny! Metallic nails are a great way to add some flair to your nails without taking too much away from your outfit. Whether you choose gold, silver or a colored metallic polish, your manicure is sure to stand out.

Lacquerous Tip: Try a gorgeous metallic polish like Chanel Gold Fingers or Dior Silver Lake to make your nails shine.