Nails have certainly gotten their fair share of attention lately and they’ll stay front and center this spring. While you may be debating between bright coral, muted teal and emerald green polishes, I’ve had my eye on some of the more “decorative” trends that have sprung. If last season’s nail art seemed a bit daunting, rest assured, these babies don’t require an art degree — or even a steady hand, really!
As a lover of words, the newsprint manicure trend is probably one of my favorites and finally someone created a kit with all the pieces you need, including pieces of paper with text on them. THE NEW BLACK’s ‘Typography Collection - Weekly Journal’ Nail Polish 4-Piece Set comes with a nude base coat, transfer solution and top coat. The four piece set involves just four easy steps — paint and set the base coat, apply transfer solution, press newsprint (text side down) to wet surface for about 30 seconds, use top coat to set and seal the look.
You can buy THE NEW BLACK’s ‘Typography Collection - Weekly Journal’ Nail Polish 4-Piece Set for $16 at sephora.com.
Caviar is certainly an acquired taste, and this nail decorative will likely be the same. Ciaté Caviar Manicure is a thick, opaque polish that features little pearls that create a raised, 3D effect on nails. Uses range from coating all 10 nails in this unique formula, to using small amounts on certain nails to create an artsy effect.
You can buy Ciate Caviar for $19 at lordandtaylor.com.
Matte top coats, like Essie Matte About You, are one of my favorite mani tricks. They convert even the shiniest of polishes into dry, flat colors, giving you more wear out of every shade. But I hadn’t thought to use it in lieu of nail art. Using small dots of a matte top coat across nails can create a fun spotted effect, or applying it as a line across the tips of nails can create a pseudo matte french manicure look.
You can buy Essie Matte About You for $10 at zappos.com.
To create a bold look that is soft and bright enough for daytime festivities — ahem, St. Patrick’s Day, I’m looking at you — Jenine Pizza, the global makeup artist for boutique beauty brand Beauty Addicts, shared these three easy steps to create a surprisingly fresh and subtle green smokey eye:
1. Layer your bottom lid generously with a deep, rich green eyeshadow.
2. Blend a lighter green, like Beauty Addict’s Creme de Mint, an aqua color with undertones of gold and pewter, into your crease.
3. Place a golden shadow on the inside corner of your eye and under your brows to extend your brows and lighten the face.
Beauty Addicts’ Emerald City Shadow, $15.50
Beauty Addicts’ Creme de Mint, $15.50
Beauty Addicts’ Eye Candy, $15.50
Photo of Delta Goodrem by Matt Roberts/Getty Images.