NYFW Nail trends to try right now

It’s no surprise (to me, anyway) that nail art is one of the biggest beauty trend of New York Fashion Week.

Here’s Nail Romance’s pick of the biggest nail trends to try right now.

Matching Tips & Lips

NYFW nail trends to try now - Matching tips and lips

Kate Moss says it’s a no-no to match your lipstick to your nails, but Zac Posen and several designers others disagree. Oxblood lips and tips are a huge trend for Fall 2013. Try Essie Carry On, as seen at Zac Posen, Essie Bordeaux as seen at Wes Gordon or Butter London Las Moss, as seen at Dannijo.

Nude Nails

Alexander-Wang NYFW nails

Keep it chic and simple with a classic nude nail. This trend is so easy to wear, and is perfect if you’re not so great at painting your nails. Try Essie Lady Like, as seen at Caroline Herrera, Essie Sand Tropez as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim or OPI’s San Tan-tonio as seen at Jason Wu. Also spotted backstage at Dannijo was Butter London Yummy Mummy, one of my fave nude polishes. The nails for Alexander Wang were cread by CND and have a worn, feathered texture.

Matte Nails

NYFW nail trends to try now - Matte Black Nails

Tone it down for fall with a matte finish. Not only does a matte topcoat allow you to play with textures, you can get a totally different finish to your favorite polish. Matte was paired with black at Nonoo, while models wore Black Onyx by OPI with a matte top coat at BCBG.

Combine this matte polish trend with nude nails for an uber-chic finish. Matte nude nails were seen at The Row, Helmut Lang and DKNY.

Reverse Moons

NYFW nail trends to try now - Reverse Moon manicures

Reverse moons are a simple two step nail art you can take straight from the runway. How stunning is the La Perla manicure featuring nude nails in Butter London Yummy Mummy and a black moon using Union Jack Black. Or try the black and silver reverse moon manicure at Mara Hoffman. Veronica Beard took it one step further with Essie All tied up on the moon, then two coats of Brownie Points and finished on the tip with Berry Hard.

Swirled Nails at Rebecca Minkoff

NYFW nail trends to try now - Rebecca Minkoff Nail Art

Inspired by the night sky, the nails at the Rebecca Minkoff presentation also have an oil slick quality to them. Recreate the look by applying each shade in small dots, starting with the darkest shade. Finish the look by swirling the colors together with a thin paintbrush and a layer of top coat. Colors used were Essie As Gold as it Gets, Penny Talk, Go Overboard, Blue Rhapsody and Aruba Blue.

What’s your fave nail trend from NYFW?

Images courtesy Essie, Style.com, Bellasugar.com

My Nail Romance with Lab Muffin

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One blog isn’t enough to contain Michelle Wong’s Nail Romance. In addition to her main beauty blog, Lab Muffin, she contributes to Polish or Perish and is a founding member of the new nail community Lacquerheads of Oz. Michelle has almost finished her PhD in chemistry and when she’s not busy blogging, she’s slogging away at her thesis or in the pole dance studio.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I started Lab Muffin in December 2011, mainly because my boyfriend was sick of seeing my nails (and nowhere near appreciative enough)! I’m also passionate about science literacy, and was disappointed in how badly beauty science is communicated, leading to so many myths and misunderstandings. So Lab Muffin is my attempt to make a little difference in the world by helping ordinary girls wade through marketing jargon, while making everyone check out my nails!

To give people a rest, I started posting swatches on Polish or Perish, an international blog run by “women with almost as much polish as they do education” – we all have or are working towards higher degrees.

Recently, a group of Aussie nail bloggers, nail techs, polish makers and other enthusiasts started Lacquerheads of Oz, which will gather all the nail polish knowledge out there, both for experts and girls just starting out, into one handy website. I’m very excited to be involved!

How often do you post?

5-7 times a week these days across the three blogs… a bit of a hectic schedule but I love it 🙂

Are you left or right handed?

Right-handed.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

I’m a bit ambidextrous from piano so it’s not too bad, but resting both wrists or elbows on a hard object makes it easier. And practice, of course!

How often do you paint your nails?

Every 3-5 days – I find that my nails tend to chip if they aren’t protected by a shield of polish.

How many polishes in your collection?

I put them all in a Google spreadsheet recently – under 400 not including doubles. Don’t tell the boyfriend.

How do you store your polishes?

I have that hallmark of a polish addict: the IKEA Helmer. I have one drawer each for cremes, shimmers, special finishes, toppers, base and top coats, and the dreaded untrieds. The boyfriend has said that he’ll leave me when I run out of space in it.

Which brand has the best brush?

Funnily enough, so far it’s been Bio Sculpture, who aren’t usually known for their polishes! I swatched four in a row without getting even the slightest drop on my skin – a first.

Favourite polish brand?

All of them! It’s hard for me to say but OPI, China Glaze and Essie have great ranges and hardly ever disappoint.

Favourite indie brand?

So hard to choose out of my favourite Aussies: Gloss ‘n Sparkle, Emily de Molly, Femme Fatale, Loki’s Lacquer and Pretty Serious! So I won’t 😛

Best luxe brand?

Chanel shades are always very covetable! Butter London is also amazing.

Best bargain buy?

ulta3 and Essence are great value for money.

Favourite colour?

Purple, coral and green, and teal! Especially teal.

Favourite colour combinations?

Purple and gold is always a winner!

Best colour for work?

Neutrals – brown and nude are nice, worksafe colours.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Use a good base coat, and use a top coat that isn’t quick-dry. I use Orly Bonder as my base coat, and while I love Seche Vite top coat, I don’t recommend it if you want your nails to stay chip-free for longer than a couple of days.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I love bold designs, so tape manicures – they’re amazing for getting crisp lines!

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Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Michelle! Check out Michelle’s blog Lab Muffin and connect with her –

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My Nail Romance with A Girl and Her Polish

A Girl and Her Polish - My Nail Romance

Meet Katee Baum, the nails behind A Girl and Her Polish. She is a self-proclaimed nail polish-oholic and shares swatches and nail art, including tutorials on her blog.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I started blogging about my adventures in nail polish a year ago and I love it! On my blog, A Girl and Her Polish, I share my nail art and review nail polish. I am a complete novice and have never had any sort of training. Everything I do is about my love of nail polish. I show step-by-step techniques so that you at home can recreate my designs and my nail polish reviews give my honest opinion so you don’t waste your time with bad polish!

How often do you post?

I post at least once a day, although some days I have posted a couple times.

Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

Take your time and don’t rush it. If you do make a mistake you can always go back and clean it up.

How often do you paint your nails?

It depends on what I am involved with. If I am doing a few challenges I can change my polish everyday, or a couple times a day. On average I probably change my polish at the least, 4 times a week.

How many polishes in your collection?

I have 836 bottles of polish.

How do you store your polishes?

All of my polish is stored in 2 Helmers from Ikea.

Which brand has the best brush?

I have small nail beds, so I tend to like the littler brushes better. I think butter LONDON has the best brush.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a tough question! My favorites right now are butter LONDON, Essence, Barry M and Catrice.

Favourite indie brand?

I have 2 top Indies that I love, Sonoma Nail Polish and HARE polish.

Best luxe brand?

I actually have not tried too many luxe brands. I just bought my first NARS polish, but I haven’t used it yet. I do love butter LONDON.

Best bargain buy?

Fabulous price and awesome formula!

Favorite colour?

White

Favorite colour combinations?

Black and white

Best color for school?

I think any color works for school, including nail art.

Best color for work?

This question depends on your job. I am a teacher and can wear whatever color I want. Some jobs, such as office work, may require something more subtle like a nude or pink.

Best party color?

Glitter!

What colour did you wear on your wedding day?

I wore OPI Matched Luggage

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Make sure the cap in on, don’t leave it sitting out, keep it in a cool, dry place…like a Helmer.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I love stamping. There are so many fun and interesting design that can be created using stamps.

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Thank you so much for sharing your nail romance Katee! Stop by and see her at A Girl and Her Polish and connect with Katee online –

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Nailspiration: Emerald Green – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

Pantone - Emerald - Color of the year 2013 - Nail Romance

Pantone has heralded Emerald as the Colour of the Year for 2013. While I contemplated wearing Pantone emerald green hair on Hair Romance, I think it’s much easier to wear emerald green on your nails.

At the moment I don’t have ANY emerald green nail polish in my collection. How could I be missing such a vital trend colour? I’m sure I won’t have any trouble fixing that issue and here’s some nailspiration to inspire you to try emerald green on your nails.

Are you a fan of the new Pantone Colour of the Year? What’s your favourite emerald green polish?

Image credits: Temptalia The Hungry Asian, Pshiiit, Vampy Varnish

My Nail Romance with Let them have Polish

Let Them Have Polish - My Nail Romance

Meet Cristina of Let them have Polish. She says she’s a “firm believer in the power of feeling good about yourself” and her positive energy jumps off the pages of her blog.

Tell me a bit about your blog

It all started as the result of an illness and an inability to work. I needed something to stay busy/ connected and nail polish became my outlet. I started by posting my manicure pictures on my personal FB page and the response from my friends was a positive one. The idea of starting a blog about my polished adventures came from my husband. He has been very supportive of the whole thing since day one. Anyhow, I did a ton of research as I had no idea what a blog even was…. I was captivated by the community and decided that I had to be a part of it. After three days I finally landed on a blog name, and so www.letthemhavepolish.com was born.

How often do you post?

I post EVERY.DAY. And I have been blogging since August of 2010. It’s a sickness lol. Actually the only time I do not post is when I am sick.

Are you left or right handed?

Right Handed

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

Keep a light hand and let the brush do all the work. Also be patient and practice a lot!

How often do you paint your nails?

EVERY.DAY… It is definitely a sickness haha.

How many polishes in your collection?

1,284… Precisely.

How do you store your polishes?

I have a total of six wall racks. Three of them hold 90 bottles, three hold 60. I get my racks from www.transdesign.com . I also have Two Ikea Helmers, just about, full of polish.

Which brand has the best brush?

I think I have to give it to O.P.I on this one. That Pro-Wide brush makes everything so easy!

Favourite polish brand?

I can’t ever really answer this question because every brand has their strenghths (and weaknesses). I love many brands for many different reasons. For example, Zoya always releases beautiful, cohesive seasonal collections. O.P.I always knows how to do red the right way. China Glaze is my go-to for bright colors and fun, playful Seasonal Collections and Puerto Rican brand Bettina has my heart when it comes to nail art. I could go on and on but you get the point. I could never choose a favorite brand.

Favourite indie brand?

There you go again with that word…. Hahaha I am a big fan of Cult Nails. I am happy to call Maria a friend and I love what she is doing with the brand. Also, have you seen their latest collection; Behind Closed Doors?! It is AMAZING.

Best luxe brand?

I have to give it to Illamasqua here. It should be pretty obvious why..; )

Best bargain buy?

I really like Wet ‘n’ Wild polishes (Actually all their products are pretty amazing!)

Favourite colour?

All the colors you can see on a peacock’s tail feather!

Favourite colour combinations?

For some reason I am really into Purple and Green lately…

Best colour for school?

I don’t go to school but if I did, I’d be in college… So I’d wear whatever I want! Hahah The louder, the better.

Best colour for work?

Butter London All Hail the Queen. Amazing shade of sandy nude with holographic shimmer? Yes, please!

Best party colour?

Anything Neon or Glitter. Or both combined!

What colour would / did you wear on your wedding day?

I don’t remember the name but I wore an old O.P.I vampy Red with some subtle Black and White wispy decorations. Back then I wasn’t into doing my own nails, they were done at a salon. Thankfully, I had grown out all the damage from acrylics and actually wore my own natural shorties on my wedding.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Store it up-right. Keep the cap screwed on tight when ever you are not using it. Make sure it is away from direct Sunlight and in a cool place. Also, DO NOT PUT ACETONE IN IT. If the polish is getting thick, put a few drops of polish thinner in it. This can be found at Sally’s or Ulta.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

Hhhmmm…. I am really into gradient nails, stripes, dots and the beautiful Gold Flakes that some companies have been coming out with.

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Thank you for sharing your nail romance Cristina!

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Nail-spiration: Nail Stickers

The cheat’s way to nail art, nail stickers give you the look of patterned nails with minimum effort.

I first discovered nail stickers in Sephora earlier this year. I am always doing my nails at the last minute and I ran out of time to paint my nails before heading to a friend’s wedding. I put a packet of nail stickers in my handbag and ran out the door. I ended up doing my nails as I walked to the wedding ceremony and I took the above photo at the reception.

Yes, these stickers are so easy you can put them on walking but I suggest sitting down for the first attempt.

Nail Sticker Shopping Guide

Sally Hansen and Sephora are my tried and tested nail stickers. I love the look of the Butter London range and need to try these very soon.

Tips for applying nail stickers

  • File and buff your nails before applying the stickers. Make sure your hands and nails are clean.
  • Before starting, check the size of the stickers to determine which will fit your nail. I like to lay them out so I know which is for each finger.
  • Don’t fret if it’s not straight first time. The stickers can be lifted and repositioned two or three times.

Nail stickers aren’t cheap when compared to the price of nail polish, but you get a salon finish for a fraction of the salon price. They’re quick, there’s no drying time and you can do them at the last minute for a professional finish.

Do you wear nail stickers?

My Nail Romance with Chalkboard Nails

Meet Sarah of Chalkboard Nails, the nails behind those fabulous swatches you’ve seen all over Pinterest.

Tell me a bit about your blog

Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m 23 years old and I live in Arizona. I started blogging in July 2011 and have loved every moment of it! Chalkboard Nails started out as a way to document my attempts at nail art. Now, it has grown into a resource for many different areas of nail art, and swatches as well! I try to post manicures of different skill levels to help make nail art more accessible to everyone. I also like to cover a lot of indie polish swatches to support the independent polish makers who don’t necessarily have a huge advertising budget.

How often do you post?

Usually 5-7 times per week. I produce a lot of content! I do try to post a mix of post types, though, so it doesn’t get repetitive.

Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

When painting with your non-dominant hand, I find it works best if you stabilize the pinky or wrist of that hand on a solid surface, like the table you’re working on. You can still move your hand around enough to paint, but it will give you a solid anchor point. For nail art, if I’ve done something super complicated on my left hand, I will often do a simplified version of the design on my right hand. There’s no shame in that!

How often do you paint your nails?

Usually daily! Occasionally I will go two or three days between manicures.

How many polishes in your collection?

Can I plead the Fifth here? Just kidding! I have somewhere around nine hundred polishes.

How do you store your polishes?

I keep my babies in two super sexy red Helmer drawer units from IKEA. I am coming close to needing a third, though!

Which brand has the best brush?

Great question, because I’m very opinionated about this! I think OPI’s ProWide brush is absolutely the greatest thing ever. While I’ve heard of it being too wide for some people, it’s perfect for my nail width and shape.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a tough one. I think I would have to give it to OPI again because of the brush and their fantastic formula. They’ve also been coming out with some really great and unique shades lately!

Favourite indie brand?

Oh man, this is the hardest question of all. The great thing about indies is that the market is so wide. That means that pretty much everyone can find something to fall in love with! I guess if I was forced to make a decision I would say Sonoma Nail Art. I am also a big fan of Pretty & Polished, Happy Hands Nail Polish, Lush Lacquer, and Cirque Colors.

Best luxe brand?

My favorite luxury brand is butter LONDON, though to be fair I haven’t tried that many high-end polishes. I would love to try Dior, Chanel, or NARS for example, but have a bit of a tight grip on my wallet. butter LONDON provides ultra high quality lacquers at a price point that’s on the lower side of the luxury spectrum.

Best bargain buy?

I’ve gotta go with Wet N Wild. I love their limited edition collections and they have a solid and inexpensive core line, too.

Favourite colour?

I really like the way that lime green polishes look with my skintone.

Favourite colour combinations?

I love pairing bright colors with grey. Some of my favorite grey buddies include hot pink, bright blue, and chartreuse.

Best colour for school?

I was actually never into polish while I was still in school! If I was, I probably would have gone on wearing the exact same stuff I do now like crazy nail art, neons, neutrals, glitter, pastels, brights…

Best colour for work?

My favorite nude for my skin tone is OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons, but it’s also possible to be work appropriate and still wear nail art! I suggest trying a nude to white gradient for a fresh twist on the plain old French manicure. You can also adapt many nail art designs for the office by using nudes, neutrals, pinks, and whites. Subtle leopard print? Awww yeahhhh.

Best party colour?

I’d go with anything that has an insane amount of sparkle, like China Glaze Glistening Snow or Zoya Aurora.

What colour would you wear on your wedding day?

I would love to do an intricate white lace nail art design over a naked nail base. I would also wear a pretty lavender like American Apparel L’Esprit.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

BASE COAT! Most lacquer lovers already wear it, but many casual nail painters think it’s a skippable step. It’s totally not! Base coat can be the difference between a day and a week of unchipped polish. I personally love CND Stickey but different products may work better for others.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I’d have to say gradients. They are so versatile. You can wear them alone or work them into a number of other nail art styles effortlessly.

Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Sarah!

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