LEATHER-LOOK polishes, magnetic crocodile designs and liquid sand textures – a whole host of new formulas and finishes for nails are on offer this spring.
At Rodarte‘s spring/summer 2013 show the models sported basket-woven nails, whilst Alexa Chung caused a social media frenzy by tweeting about her Nails Inc leather nails at the British Fashion Awards back in November. And now, intriguing new nail options are becoming available across the board.
But whilst Ciaté’s Colourfoil nails and those much-discussed Nails Inc leather polishes are true head-turners, there’s plenty for minimalists too. Butter London’s new collection comprises three shades designed to perfectly match your skin tone – giving the illusion of long, elegant fingers – whilst Dior‘s Nail Glow is a super sheer pink which miraculously makes the tips of your nails even whiter, creating a pretty French manicure effect.
Most glitter nail polishes require several coats to achieve all-over shimmer, but OPI’s new Liquid Sand technology means the glitter is evenly and heavily distributed, and features a matte, rough-textured finish – just as the name suggests.
OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in (from left to right) Get Your Number, Stay The Night and The Impossible.
Ever since Alexa Chung tweeted about her Nails Inc leather manicure at the 2012 British Fashion Awards, the clever product has been flying from the shelves. Giving nails a matte leather-look finish, the pack also includes silver skull embellishments, for a real rock ‘n’ roll edge.
Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls in Black;available at www.nailsinc.com.
Dior’s latest nail innovation is this super sheer pink Nail Glow. An all-in-one nailcare, varnish and glow, it gives nails a pretty petal hue whilst somehow managing to make the tips of your nails even whiter – creating a subtle French manicure effect (see, we told you it was a trend).
We’ve seen magnetic polishes before, but these clever Essie versions really do create a reptile design on your nails – all you have to do is sweep the magnet (provided) over two coats of the polish, and watch as the scale-like look develops.
Essie Repstyle Collection in (from left to right) Crocadilly, Repstyle and Sssssexy.
This season, Butter London has recognised the importance of finding the perfect nude nails and has created three shades to suit different skin tones. The idea is to wear the exact shade of your skin, elongating the fingers in the same way nude shoes elongate the legs. Clever.
Butter London Starkers Lacquer Collection in (from left to right) Shandy, Crumpet and Tea & Toast. £12 each, available from March 2013 at www.butterlondon.com.
They’ve given us caviar nails and velvet nails and now Ciaté is introducing the Very Colourfoil Manicure set, which creates a metallic, graffiti-like effect when foil sheets are applied over glue and ripped off. It’s easy to use, and the effects are very striking indeed.
Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure in Wonderland.
We loved nail art pens as teenagers and we love them even more now. Topshop’s new versions feature a skinny brush for stripes and flicks, a pen tip for intricate designs and a pot of little gems for embellishment. Time to get creative!
Topshop Nail Art Pens in (from left to right) Black, Orange and Gold.
At Chanel’s spring/summer 2013 show, Peter Philips decided that the models should sport classic French manicures – a move that certainly got the beauty world talking. Chanel’s classic Ballerina – which has, sadly, been discontinued – was used at the show, but the pretty Emprise from the spring 2013 collection is a shimmery alternative if you fancy following Chanel’s lead and reviving the classic look.
Chanel Le Vernis in Emprise.
With a texture just like, well, concrete, Nails Inc’s Concrete polishes create a grainy, matte finish that’s entirely modern.
Nails Inc Concrete Effect Polish in (from left to right) Marble Arch, Monument and Stonehenge.
Essie has finally done it, and created the nail stickers we’ve all been waiting for. Designs range from the geometric to the zebra-printed and all you need to do is stick them on and you’re ready to go!
Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques in (from left to right) So Haute, Croc N Chic and A To Zebra.