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    Katie Cazorla from TV Guide's Nail Files invited us to her totally girly nail salon to test out some of the season's hottest nail designs. If you love the neon trend but don't want to take the risk, Katie demonstrated a neon manicure that is much more subtle. It packs a punch without going sour.

    Nail designs
    How to do a subtle neon nail design

    If you love the neon trend but don't want to take the risk, Katie Cazorla from TV Guide's Nail Files demonstrated a neon manicure that is much more subtle. It packs a punch without going sour.

    A tutorial with Nail Files' Katie Cazorla

    Did we mention that Katie serves wine and cocktails with her mani and pedi services at The Painted Nail? So now you know: She knows what's up. Her salon is a favorite to many of Hollywood's female stars and we can't get enough of this adorable manicure. Watch the tutorial to recreate it at home.

    Beauty Beat: How to do neon nail tips

    Katie Cazorla from Nail Files shows you how to do an at-home neon manicure.

    Instructions

    Step 1: Apply a basecoat

    Step 2: Polish your natural white tips in short strokes

    Step 3: Clean up by pushing the color forward with an art brush

    Step 4: Add a thin glitter coat

    Step 5: Seal in your nail design with a top coat

    "A lot of people want to try neon nails but don't want it to be crazy bright and they are afraid to go bold. Doing a French is a more subtle way to go into the whole neon [nail trend]."

    Once you decide to take a chance and give this new neon manicure a try, it's easy to overlook the base coat... especially when you're in a hurry to finish your at-home mani. Katie says not to leave out the basecoat because it helps fill in the bridges and gaps you might not see and prevents the polish color from staining your nails.

    After you've chosen your colors, don't worry about painting perfectly. It's better to get the color set, and then go back before the polish dries all the way and shape your paint with a separate brush.

    Choose a fast drying top coat for at-home manicures and re-apply a few days in to refresh the paint job and make it look new.

    Watch more of Katie's nail tips

    Beauty Beat: Nail Tips with Katie Cazorla

    TV Guide star Katie Cazorla nail tips and trends with SheKnows.

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    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails. We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    Katt Claws: Galaxy Nails
    Photo credit: Katt Claws

    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails.

    Nail art trends to try

    We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    Katt Claws: Galaxy Nails

    We love the starry, glittery quality of these playful, eye-catching nails and we can't wait to try them out for ourselves.

    Polishes:

    • Seche Vite - Top Coat
    • Essie - Midnight Cami
    • Milani - White On The Spot
    • China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise
    • China Glaze - Purple Panic
    • CND Effects - Silver Sparkling

    Directions:

    1. Paint your nails with your base color . Dark colors are always preferable, like black or dark purple.
    2. Sponge some white in random areas around each nail, starting in the corners and working toward the middle.
    3. Sponge China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise partially over the white. Leave a bit of white showing for the next step.
    4. Over the white that's left, sponge on China Glaze Purple Panic. Overlap slightly with the turquoise for better blending.
    5. Next, add CND Effects Silver Sparkling over any base color still showing.
    6. Use a dotting tool to achieve the little white dots.
    7. Finish with Seche Vite top coat and you're done.

    Tips & tricks

    • Wait in between each step for the polish to dry. If you try sponging too soon, you might lift up your previous color and ruin the whole manicure.
    • When sponging each of your colors, try not to blend them too much. It can turn a murky, unwanted color. The less blending, the better. Your top coat will tie it all together.
    • Don't be afraid to use different colors -- it's your galaxy!

    Up next: Floral nails >>

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    Mr. Candiipants: Floral Nails
    Photo credit: Mr. Candiipants

    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails.

    Nail art trends to try

    We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    Mr. Candiipants: Floral Nails

    Go bold with a fun, floral mani that’s perfect for the last few weeks of summer.

    Polishes:

    • American Apparel - Passport Blue
    • OPI Kiss - Me On My Tulip
    • OPI - Red Lights Ahead Where
    • OPI - Ogre the Top Blue
    • Sally Hansen - White On
    • China Glaze - For Audrey
    • OPI - Caught With My Khakis Down

    Directions:

    1. Start with the base coat .
    2. Then, start creating your flowers. Add the bright pink color on each nail, followed by the white, then aqua, then blue, then red, and finish up with the army green.
    3. The key with this design is not being too neat with it and making each flower look a little different.

    Tips & tricks

    • All of the details were done with a medium length striper brush.
    • It's important to clean the brush out with acetone or any nail polish remover between each color and if the polishes start getting too tacky.

    Up next: Mermaid Nails >>

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    Little Nails: Mermaid Nails
    Photo credit: Little Nails

    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails.

    Nail art trends to try

    We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    Little Nails: Mermaid Nails

    Just try not to swoon when you get a look at this girly but oh-so-chic mani featuring mermaid detailing we can’t resist.

    Polishes:

    • OPI - Ate Berries In The Canaries
    • OPI - Planks A Lot
    • China Glaze - Light As Air
    • China Glaze - Heli-Yum
    • China Glaze - Barry M Gold

    Directions:

    1. Start with your base coat.
    2. Then, starting from the tip of your nail, make a row of dots using different colors.
    3. After each dot, wipe the dotter on a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover so the colors don't get all mixed up. Using several different colors makes it easier to keep them all separated.
    4. After the first row, continue adding different colored dots down the nail, overlapping them like the scales of a fish.
    5. At the end, use the same color as the base coat to form a starting-off point for the scales.
    6. Finish it all off with a top coat for sheen.

    Tips & tricks

    • If you can use a dotting tool and have a bit of time, this look is doable. The key is patience and precision, but remember to have fun.
    • You can choose different colors. Check out another way to get the look here.

    Up next: Aztec Nails >>

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    Love Life Lacquer: Aztec Nails
    Photo credit: Love Life Lacquer

    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails.

    Nail art trends to try

    We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    Love Life Lacquer: Aztec Nails

    Love the neon trend but not sure how to wear it? Why not go bold on your nails? We fell hard for this simple yet stylish mani using Aztec-inspired designs on a get-noticed neon background.

    Polishes:

    • China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
    • NYC - City Blackout

    Directions:

    1. Start by painting your nails with a coral neon hue.
    2. Then, simply start to create some random lines atop the neon with a black polish using a fine nail art brush.
    3. Finish with a top coat of your choice.

    Tips & tricks

    • If you find it hard to create neat lines, place some dots with a toothpick or a bobby pin on your nail and then connect these dots with a fine nail art brush.
    • If you made a mistake and your lines aren't as crisp as you want them, you can just outline the black parts with your base color.

    Up next: Polka Dot Nails >>

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    Polka dot nails
    Photo credit: One Nail To Rule Them

    Nail art trends to try

    Here at SheKnows, we’re obsessed with nail art. It’s a great way to go beyond your basic mani and have some serious fun with your nails. We reached out to four fabulous nail art bloggers for some of their best looks, along with some tips and tricks to recreate their designs at home.

    One Nail To Rule Them All: Polka Dot Nails

    What better way to make a statement than with pretty polka dot nails? We love this white on green mani featuring the fun, floral twist of roses on the thumb.

    Polishes:

    • Models Own - Lime Green
    • Barry M - Matt White
    • Barry M - Red

    Directions:

    1. Start with your base colors. In this case, use Lime Green for your fingers and Matt White for your thumb.
    2. When your base is completely dry, apply the white polka dots to the green.
    3. Next, paint bigger dots in red on your thumb using the same technique. While these dots are still wet, use a pin or a very thin dotting tool to create a swirl in each dot. Wipe off any polish build up from your tool and repeat as necessary.
    4. Using your dotting tool, place green dots around the roses in order to create leaves.
    5. Once dry, apply a top coat to your design.

    Tips & tricks

    • When applying your dots, it's a good idea to use a small plastic tray to drop nail polish onto and then dip the dotting tool into that.
    • Be patient. The calmer you are, the clearer your dots will turn out.

    Tell us

    What are your go-to nail art designs? Share in the comments below!

    Watch: Nail Tips with Katie Cazorla

    TV Guide star Katie Cazorla shares nail tips and trends with SheKnows.

    Beauty Beat: Nail Tips with Katie Cazorla

    TV Guide star Katie Cazorla nail tips and trends with SheKnows.

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    One of the timeless components of spring fashion has always been the use of florals in everything from clothing to accessories — and now nail art.

    DIY nail art

    Fashion Week-
    inspired nail art

    One of the timeless components of spring fashion has always been the use of florals in everything from clothing to accessories — and now nail art.

    Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff-inspired floral nails

    Last Thursday marked the kickoff to Spring 2013 Fashion Week and with it, provided inspiration for these abstract floral nails when Rebecca Minkoff sent these floral-striped white trousers down the runway. Paired with a geometric floral print and a turquoise track jacket, the look isn't too overpowering and when translated onto nails, the effect is playfully chic. Follow this tutorial to find out how to get these runway-inspired nails.

    Supplies

    nail polish used

    Colors used from left to right: Nails Inc Caviar top coat, Julep 'Marisa' and 'Blake', OPI 'Color So Hot It Berns', Sephora by OPI 'Hi Def' and 'Private Access', Essie 'Turquoise and Caicos'

    Instructions

    base coat

    Start with a base coat of 'Private Access' and let it fully dry.

    Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff-inspired floral nails

    1. Using strips of tape, section off a thin vertical stripe on every nail except the ring finger, where you'll tape diagonally.

    2. Starting with light yellow, make small organic shapes on each of the nails with the vertical strips. Paint the diagonal tip of the ring finger turquoise.

    3. One by one, layer on organic shapes of the orange, blue, turquoise and red.

    4. When the ring finger is dry, peel off the tape.

    5. Do the same organic design on the top white half of the ring finger as you did in numbers two and three. You don't have to tape it off if you're careful not to overlap on the turquoise.

    Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff-inspired floral nails

    When all the colors are dry, gently peel off the tape and paint top coat over your nails. Your nails are now ready for spring!

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  • 10/07/12--02:56: DIY collar nails tutorial
  • Collars are all the rage right now: whether they be a peter pan collar on your shirt, a standalone collar that you can layer or a necklace in the shape of a collar. There are so many ways to get in on this trend that you've undoubtedly spotted on everyone from your friends at school to your favorite Hollywood starlet. One way to translate the collar trend onto nails is by spicing up an old favorite: painting the moon of your nails. But this way, instead of a painting a half-circle moon, you're going to make it a collar for the top of your nail.

    DIY collar nails

    Collars are all the rage right now, whether they are a Peter Pan collar on your shirt, a stand-alone collar that you can layer or a necklace in the shape of a collar.

    How to paint
    Collar nails

    There are so many ways to get in on this trend that you've undoubtedly spotted on everyone from your friends to your favorite Hollywood starlet. One way to translate the collar trend onto nails is by spicing up an old favorite — painting the moon of your nails. But this way, instead of a painting a half-circle moon, you're going to make it a collar for the top of your nail.

    DIY Nail Collar -- Materals

    You will need:

    Two contrasting color nail polishes and reinforcement labels.

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    Step 1: Paint base coat

    DIY Nail Collar -- Step 2

    Start with a base coat the color of your collar . Let it dry completely.

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    Step 2: Cut label

    DIY Nail Collar -- Step 2

    Cut one reinforcement label in half .

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    Step 3: Position sticker

    DIY Nail Collar -- Step 3

    Position the sticker on your nails as shown to create the collar shape.

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    Step 4: Paint top half of nail

    DIY Nail Collar -- Step 4

    Paint a coat of your second color over the top half of your nail. Make sure you get the paint into the tip and corners by the sticker!

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    Step 5: Let dry

    DIY Nail Collar -- Step 6

    Let it fully dry, and then gently peel off the stickers. You can now paint a clear topcoat over it and enjoy!

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    Whether you’re a manicure minimalist or a nail art aficionado, you have to admit: There’s no better time than Halloween to be a little daring.

    Spooky & stylish nails

    3 FOOLPROOF
    HALLOWEEN MANICURES

    Whether you're a manicure minimalist or a nail art aficionado, you have to admit: There's no better time than Halloween to be a little daring.

    Halloween nail art

    Nail art inspiration is everywhere this season — from the candy corn on drugstore shelves to the pumpkins sitting on neighborhood stoops. Here are three simple nail art designs to kick your look up a notch and get you in the Halloween spirit.

    Blood splatters

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    Step 1: Paint base

    Blood splatters -- step 1

    Begin by painting nails with a neutral base color like white or tan.

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    Step 2: Prepare "blood"

    Blood splatters -- step 2

    Dab a few drops of blood-red polish onto a paper plate or a piece of newspaper. Dip the end of an ordinary straw into the red polish, picking up a ring of color on the tip of the straw.

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    Step 3: Splatter nail

    Blood splatters -- step 3

    Position the straw one-half inch over one nail and blow a strong puff of air into the other end. The red polish will splatter across the nail. Continue splattering each nail, adding more polish to the straw as you go.

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    Step 4: Clean up skin

    Blood splatters -- step 4

    At this point, you'll have plenty of splatters outside the lines. Dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover to clean up large areas of splattered skin, and use a small makeup brush or Q-tip for the detailed work around your nails and cuticles. Finish with a glossy top coat for shine and protection!

    Frankenstein fingers

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    Step 1: Paint portion of nails green

    Frankenstein fingers -- step 1

    Begin by painting a portion of each nail with bright green polish. Create variation by painting diagonal sections on a few nails, just the tip on others, etc.

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    Step 2: Paint tips black

    Frankenstein fingers -- step 2

    Apply a small amount of black polish to the tip of a thin paintbrush .

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    Step 3: Create scar

    Frankenstein fingers -- step 3

    To create the Frankenstein-inspired scar, carefully draw a long line of polish along the edge of the green section of your nail. Add a few short "stitches" along the line. Don't worry about perfection here — jagged lines are just fine! Let the black polish dry completely to avoid smearing, and then apply a clear top coat to smooth any bumps and add some shine.

    Mummy-wrapped nails

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    Step 1: Paint base

    Mummy-wrapped nails -- step 1

    Choose a base color for your nails — either black for a more traditional "mummy" look, or play around with another festive shade.

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    Step 2: Cover each nail with lines

    Mummy-wrapped -- step 2 nails

    Use a white nail art brush or pen to cover each nail with thin lines, alternating directions to create a "wrapped" look. Begin by making several parallel horizontal lines, then make a few vertical lines, and so on. Continue until you've covered each nail. Don't worry if your lines aren't perfectly even — the results will still be impressive.

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    Step 3: Clean up edges

    Mummy-wrapped nails -- step 3

    It's difficult to cover your nails in lines without spilling over onto your skin, so dip a Q-tip or a small paintbrush in nail polish remover to clean up around the edges for clean, crisp results.

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    Step 4: Let dry and add top coat

    Mummy-wrapped nails -- step 4

    Let your nails dry completely to avoid smearing, and then add a top coat to add some shine to this intricate look.

    These spook-inspired designs are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Let your nails do the talking this Halloween — no costume required!

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    With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to forget about yourself. Set time aside at the end of your busy day to give yourself a Christmas manicure. Taking the time to pamper yourself is good for your soul and will relax your stress. This cute Christmas theme will definitely put you and everyone around you in the mood to celebrate the season!

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    Supplies:

    • A neutral nail polish
    • A green nail polish
    • A red nail polish
    • A brown nail polish
    • Thin paint brush
    • Dotting tool
    • Nail decals

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    Instructions:

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    Paint base coat

    Paint a thin coat of your neutral nail color. The light blue we used gives a nod to our wintry theme.

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    Paint green polka dots

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    Quick Tip: The end of a bobby pin can be substituted for the dotting tool!

    Use your dotting tool to paint two rows of green polka dots on nine of your nails. Make sure to leave room in the center!

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    Paint red polka dots

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    Quick Tip: We used Essie’s Russian Roulette, but OPI’s Die Another Day is another great option!

    Use your dotting tool to paint a row of red polka dots in between the pre-existing green ones.

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    Paint Christmas tree

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    Quick Tip: You can also use a green nail pen!

    On the bare nail of your choosing , use the thin paint brush to paint on a Christmas tree.

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    Decorate your Christmas tree

    A 'Borrowed and Blue' Christmas tree nail design

    After your Christmas tree has dried thoroughly, place a small star decal on the top, then add small circle details such as Christmas ornaments.

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  • 12/22/12--04:30: Nail trends to try in 2013
  • From neutral nail color to new technology, check out what's hot in nails for 2013. Find your new favorite nail techniques and colors for the new year.

    What's new in nails
    Black nail polish

    Hottest nail trends for the new year

    From neutral nail color to new technology, check out what's hot in nails for 2013.

    Whether you want something dark and sultry or bold and funky, you can find a new favorite nail color for the new year.

    Nail techniques

    French with a twist

    In 2012, we saw plenty of reverse French manicures with dark tips instead of the traditional white. For the new year, expect French manicures with a new, different twist. The sideways French mani will be popular as well as pale nails with a striking diagonal tip, half moon accent or other graphic shape in a contrasting shade.

    Magnetic

    Magnetic nail color hit the scene in 2012 and will be going strong in the new year. You can achieve a cool 3D look in an instant with magnetic nail color from Sally Hansen and other companies. You simply apply the lacquer and then hold the included magnet over each nail while the polish is wet. Add a top coat and voila! — shiny, 3D nails you'll love.

    Ombre

    Ombre hair color has been trendy for a couple of years now, and, in 2012, we were introduced to ombre nails. If you like this look, you are in luck because the trend will continue throughout the next year.

    "My personal favorite trend at this moment is ombre. It looks professionally done if you have the patience for it, and all you'll need are two different shades of polish. I always recommend using a top coat and a base coat, and find that having a makeup sponge handy can help to clean up any mess and tighten up the edges of the colors," says Creative Director of Pretty Woman USA, Aija Vilemsonne. Execute this trend at home with this ombre nail tutorial courtesy of Vilemsonne and www.PrettyWomanUSA.com.

    • First, make sure that your hands are moisturized, clean and dry. That's the first step to any successful manicure and should be a standard practice.
    • Apply your base coat and the base color — Vilemsonne recommends two coats, depending on the polish used. This will show as the lower color on your nail, closest to the cuticle.
    • Use a paper bowl to pour a small amount of the second color , and dab a tiny amount on your makeup sponge. Do this slowly and carefully, never applying too much at a time. This will help to keep the mess manageable.
    • This is important: Make absolutely certain that your nails are fully dry before applying the second color. Dip the makeup sponge into polish and dab the tips of your nails in quick, short strokes. Make sure to cover the end of your nail.
    • The top coat becomes a blending tool with this style. It will act as a re-wetting agent to bleed the two colors together, and keep your color lasting and solid.

    Glitz

    For a night out, try ultra shiny nails with all-over sequins or chrome holograms. Look for a nail salon that specializes in Minx. Minx nails have been hot for a couple years now. Celebrities from Beyonce to Katy Perry wear Minx nails for special occasions, performances and events. Applied in a salon like stickers and set under a heat lamp, Minx nails can deliver amazing designs you never thought possible.

    Nail colors

    Deep and dark

    Black nail polish isn't just for Twilight fans and teenage goths. Dark nail polish is usually hot for winter, but this trend will even carry into spring this year. At Spring-Summer 2013 Fashion Week, we saw plenty of dark nails at the New York shows. Dark shades we love include OPI's Suzi Skis in Pyrenees and Essie's Licorice .

    Light and icy

    On the other end of the spectrum, light shades of nail polish will also be trendy for the new year — especially in the springtime, of course. We like CND's Pink Lily as well as the new Zang Toi Spring Summer 2013 Collection for Zoya. This collection features three "Ice Princess" shades with subtle metallic tones of cool lilac , icy pink and shimmery yellow .

    green nail polishGreen, three ways

    Green will be one of the hottest colors of the year in fashion — and in nails.

    • Emerald— When emerald was named Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, we knew this rich hue would find its way into the beauty scene and it has. Many of your favorite nail lacquer brands will release emerald-y shades in 2013.
    • Mint— Mint green has been popular in spring for the last two years, and we'll see more of the same in 2013. If you like pale shades of polish but want something a little different than girly pinks, then mint might be the answer for you.
    • Accents— Bold color combinations are going to be on-trend all year. One of our favorites is jet black nails accented with brilliant green designs. We saw an example of this at the Nicole Miller show in New York and now we are starting to see it on the city streets, too.

    Nail collections

    Mariah Carey Collection for OPI

    New technology

    For 2013, multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist Mariah Carey is teaming up with OPI to bring you a fabulous new collection of nail polish.

    The Mariah Carey by OPI Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection, which will be released in January 2013, features eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by Mariah. What's totally cool is that four of them feature a new technology — OPI Liquid Sand — a textured matte pebbled finish infused with a light shimmer and fine glitter sparkle. Our favorite color of the collection? Stay the Night — a matte black with red glints. You can find the collection at OPI retailers with each lacquer priced at $9.

    Dior Vernis Cruise Collection 2013

    Bright and beautiful

    If you love your nail polish to be bold but not overwhelming, you'll adore the Dior Vernis Cruise Collection 2013. All three shades — Lime, Mango and Pasteque — are vivid with a fresh and sexy flair.

    Whatever nail polish you are wearing in 2013, make sure you touch up your nails often. Chipped nail polish is definitely not in style for the New Year.

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    Want professional-looking nails without spending a half day's pay in the salon? With some practice and a little patience, you can enjoy a fancy French manicure any time you want for only the cost of your nail polish!

    DIY French manicure
    French manicure

    Want professional-looking nails without spending a half day's pay in the salon? With some practice and a little patience, you can enjoy a fancy French manicure any time you want for only the cost of your nail polish!

    Get salon-styled nails

    The perfect manicure

    A pale pink base and bright white tips have come to characterize the ever-so-popular French manicure, which, believe it or not, is a common request at nail salons everywhere. Even in France, where it's considered an American invention, this kind of mani is called "la French." Too funny, huh?

    Professional nail stylists may paint your fingers alone or perhaps apply fake tips or gel nails if that's more your thing. Based on your personal preferences, a nail designer will also give your nails a strengthening and conditioning workout prior to painting them.

    Now with all the new nail advances, it's easy to score a salon-worthy mani right in the comfort of your own home. Pick up a French manicure kit at your local beauty supply store , or invest in some sheer pink and white polish to easily do it yourself. Today, we'll be using Red Carpet Manicure's Gel Polish Pro Kit and French Manicure Kit, both available at BeautyCollection.com, to get the look. But don't worry, we've provided simple steps for everyone to follow, no matter which style you're planning on rocking.

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    Step 1

    Step 1

    Start by trimming your nails to the desired length. Make sure all of them are even. And remember: When it comes to the French manicure, the longer they are, the better.

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    Step 2

    Step 2

    Figure out the type of shape you’d like . Then grab a nail file and get to work.

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    Step 3

    Step 3

    If you really want to recreate the spa experience at home, dip your hands in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for a minute or two. Then take a cuticle pusher and gently push your cuticles back. Use the opposite end of the cuticle pusher to remove any dirt and grime from underneath your nails.

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    Step 4

    Step 4

    Now, before you apply your first coat of polish, buff the top of your nails to prepare them for it. If you’re doing Red Carpet Manicure gel nails , at this point you’ll want to cleanse your nails with the Purify Pre & Post Application Cleanser. Next, take the Prep Max Adhesion Sanitizer, and lightly paint a thin layer onto each nail. For those of you doing just a regular polish, simply massage cuticle oil onto your nails at this time.

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    Step 5

    Step 5

    You’re all ready for your base coat now. Paint on a thin layer of sheer pink polish, and let your nails dry for a couple of minutes. For gels nails, cure them under the LED light for 45 seconds only, no longer. Repeat this step again with a second coat of polish, and allow your nails to dry before moving on.

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    Step 6

    Step 6

    Once they’re all dry, place the nail guides on them to snag the perfect white tip pain-free. Don’t have any? That’s alright. The next step will just require some concentration on your part.

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    Step 7

    Step 7

    With your white polish, lightly brush color onto the tip of your nails . Let the polish dry for a few minutes. For gel nails, let it cure for 45 seconds. Repeat this step with a second coat, and wait for it to dry or cure.

    8

    Step 8

    Remove your nail guide, and apply a top coat of polish. Allow this coat to dry for several minutes . Voila, you’ve just completed your very own French mani!

    Final look

    Quick tip

    This procedure is best performed on a lazy morning or evening when no other pressing errands or tasks will get in the way. After painting your nails, avoid doing things with your hands while they dry.

    The easy way

    Bonus: If you are feeling especially creative and ambitious, kick off your shoes and make your tootsie tips match your fingertips.

    For an easier painting technique, check the beauty section of a drug store or superstore for a French manicure kit. The set should contain, at the very least, nail polish in white and pink or beige and a clear topcoat. Some manicure sets — like the Sally Hansen French Manicure Kit and the Orly French Manicure Kit — contain tiny, sticky nail guides. These make the manicure process 10 times easier by allowing you to place the guides on each nail individually , only leaving a small margin where the polish can spill outside the tip without tainting the rest of your nail. Trust us, it's worth the small price to buy.

    Try out colors

    Let your crazy side shine through by concocting a wildly modified French manicure — red and white for Valentine's Day, pastel shades for Easter or neon bright tips for summer. You can always add glitter for super sparkle anytime!

    Have fun and remember, even if you do find the do-it-yourself French manicure difficult at first, practice makes perfect, and pretty soon you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful and perfect manicures all the time. We promise, it does get easier.

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    Want your nails in tip-top shape? Check out the latest tools to help turn those worn-down hands into works of art.

    Woman with nail art

    Want your nails in tip-top shape? Check out the latest tools to help turn those worn-down hands into works of art.

    Nail art made easy

    Gel nail starter set

    Get gel

    Gel polish manicures are now at your fingertips. SensatioNail’s Starter Kit comes with everything needed for do-it-yourself gel nails. The LED light seals color in minutes, just like the pros! Color lasts two weeks.

    Nail lingerie

    Dazzle

    Designed for the nail novice, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Lingerie makes 3D nail effects simple. Add jewels and sparkles to nails with ease. No drying time.

    Check out these nail art tutorials>>

    Bling it on leather and skulls nail kit

    Go leather

    Inspired by the Midwestern kinda gal, Nails Inc. has created a leather-effect polish. This sexy shade goes on glossy but dries to a leathery-looking texture. This collection also includes crystal skull embellishments to create unique nail art at home. Glue included.

    Velvet manicure set

    Go velvet

    Ciate turns nails into velvet-coated masterpieces with their simple two-step kit. While polish is wet, sprinkle a bit of crushed velvet on your tips. No top coat necessary.

    Handy tools

    New York manicurist Julie Kandalec says to ditch the worn-out wooden nail file for a more durable glass nail file. "I can't live without one," she says. "They prevent the nail from splitting and are especially crucial for saving brittle nails. The grit never wears out, and best of all, they are environmentally friendly." Find glass files at Pampered.com.

    Corrector pen

    Sally Hansen’s Ahead of the Curve Sapphire File is another top choice. The metal makes it super-durable. Clean it with soap and water, and reuse.

    If you want hangnails to take a hike, try the Sephora Collection Angled Cuticle Nipper. And while you're at it, clear trapped dirt and makeup with the Tweezerman Pushy and Nail Cleaner. The Corrector Pen by Nails Inc. is another must-have for polish lovers. Clean up and correct mistakes on the go.

    Want to look polished without the polish? Give those bare nails a quick rub-down with the CND Glossing Buffer Block.

    Check out how to master the manicure>>

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    Ray Lewis fans are very excited about the Ravens making it to the Super Bowl for his final season. We created this nail art for you to root for your favorite team in style.

    Baltimore Ravens nail art tutorial
    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    Ray Lewis fans are very excited about the Ravens making it to the Super Bowl for his final season. So, we created this nail design for you to root for your favorite team in style.

    How to do a ravens super bowl nail design

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    1

    Gather your materials

    • Sally Hansen 'Deep Purple'
    • OPI 'Black Onyx'
    • Sally Hansen 'White On'
    • Small paint brush
    • Scotch tape

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    2

    Paint your base coat

    Start with a base coat of purple on the thumb and black on the rest of your nails.

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    3

    Paint strips of Scotch tape

    Paint some strips of tape with purple and black polish and let dry.

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    4

    Place purple strips

    Cut the painted purple tape into strips and stick on the middle of black nails.

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    5

    Place black strips

    Cut thinner strips of black painted tape and place over the middle of the purple strips. Trim excess tape.

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

    6

    Paint on a player's number

    Using the small paint brush, paint the number of your favorite player on your thumbs. Finish with a top coat.

    Baltimore Ravens football nail design

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    In honor of the 49ers making it to the Super Bowl this year, we created this nail art to wear when rooting on your team. Add the number of your favorite player on your thumb for a personal touch .

    Nail design tutorial
    San Francisco 49ers nail art design

    In honor of the 49ers making it to the Super Bowl this year, we created this nail art to wear when rooting on your team.

    football nail art for the big game

    Follow these easy steps to create the full nail design. At the end, add the number of your favorite player on your thumb for a personal touch .

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    1

    Gather materials

    • OPI 'Color So Hot It Berns'
    • Sally Hansen 'White On'
    • Nicole by OPI 'The Next CEO'
    • Scotch tape
    • Small paint brush

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    2

    Choose your base color

    Start with a base coat of red on the thumb and gold on the rest of your nails.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    3

    Prep your materials

    Paint some strips of tape with red and white polish and let dry.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    4

    Stick on the red strips

    Cut the painted red tape into strips and stick them on the middle of your gold nails.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    5

    Second layer of strips

    Cut thinner strips of the white painted tape and place over the middle of the red strips.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    6

    Trim

    Trim excess tape.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

    7

    Paint on player's number

    Using the small paint brush, paint the number of your favorite player on your thumbs and finish with top coat.

    San Francisco 49ers superbowl nail art

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    Inspired by the draped red and pink top with black shorts look from Christian Dior's spring 2013 line, these nails are a fashion-forward way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    Nail design tutorial
    Red and pink Valentine's Day nail design

    Inspired by the draped red and pink top with black shorts look from Christian Dior's spring 2013 line, these nails are a fashion-forward way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    Red, pink and chic

    Follow these easy steps to create this nail design at home. Here is what you'll need.

    Valentine's Day nail design

    1

    Gather materials

    • OPI Color So Hot It Berns
    • OPI Black Onyx
    • Essie Knockout Pout
    • Scotch tape

    Valentine's Day nail design

    2

    Choose your base color

    Start with a base coat — we chose pink.

    Valentine's Day nail design

    3

    Create your lines

    Place a piece of tape diagonally across each nail, making sure to press down firmly.

    Valentine's Day nail design

    4

    Paint your second coat

    Paint a coat of red over the area not taped off and let dry.

    Valentine's Day nail design

    5

    Paint nail tips black

    Gently peel off tape. Paint a line of black on the tips. You can do this by hand or tape it off. Follow with a top coat.

    Valentine's Day nail design

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    This year, the nail trend at the Oscars seemed to be "less is more." We couldn't be happier that some of our favorite nominees like Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain chose soft colored nail polishes. Below is how to pick the perfect nude polish that is sure to complement your skin!

    Anne Hathawa and Heidi Klum with nude manicures

    Owner of the trendy Los Angeles and Japan based MARS the Salon, Hiroko Fujikawa confirmed the new go-to look for nails this season by giving us a few tips and tricks on keeping our nude manicure red carpet ready. Pair Fujikawa's nail expertise with a SheKnows tweak, and your nails will be as stylish as ever!

    Pick your perfect polish

    Choosing your nail polish is going to be the make or break step for your manicure. Depending on your skin tone, personal style and daily schedule, you will want to pick a nail polish that suits you best. Fujikawa's top three favorite nail polishes for a nude manicure are Essie polish in Allure, Essie polish in Fed Up and OPI Samoan Sand. We couldn't agree more — these colors are too cute!

    Because skin tone will play a key part in picking your go-to polish, we have put some of our favorite polishes into categories to make choosing a little bit easier.

    Essie polish in Allure

    Fair skin

    Out of Fujikawa's top nude nail polishes, we are going to vote Essie polish in Allure as our number one color choice for fair skin. This polish has an elegant look that is definitely going to pop against a lighter skin tone. Essie Mademoiselle is another awesome color for fair skin nude manicures. The pink in the polish will keep your nails looking sleek!

    OPI Samoan Sand

    Medium skin

    OPI Samoan Sand is another of Fujikawa's choices and would be absolutely perfect for medium skin tones! This color is soft and chic but has a slight pink undertone that will definitely stand out. OPI and Mariah Carey partnered to produce a nude polish with a hint of sparkle, OPI A Butterfly Moment, and it's our top choice for anyone with an olive or medium skin tone.

    Essie polish in Fed Up

    Darker skin

    Another one of Fujikawa's favorites, Essie polish in Fed Up is the perfect color for those with darker skin complexions. The color is very soft and will give a chic look for a darker skin toned person's nude manicure. OPI Tickle my France-y is a nude polish with an awesome color effect. This color is sure to give a bare look and complete any nude manicure on dark skin tones.

    Don't forget the basics

    Now that we have our perfect nail polish picked, Fujikawa recommends a couple more ways to complement your nude manicure. Keep your nails short and sweet to add a more natural effect to your manicure. After giving your nails a trim, go over them with a decent amount of base coat polish. This will keep your manicure looking fresher longer. Take your time with your nude polish and be sure to cover every piece of your nail. Complete your new polished look with a glossy finish on top. Essie's No Chips Ahead will keep your nails shiny and long lasting. Voila! Mission accomplished — your nails now look Oscar carpet ready!

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  • 04/09/13--05:00: DIY nail strengthener
  • Who doesn't want strong and healthy nails? Instead of heading to the salon, create your own natural, nail strengthening solution with just a few ingredients. No appointment necessary!

    DIY Nail Strengthener

    There are several things you can do to help keep your nails strong: regularly use a good moisturizer on your hands, wear gloves when you wash dishes and refrain from biting your nails. Along with those helpful tips, try a DIY nail strengthener, too. It's an easy, natural and luxurious way to keep fingernails tough as nails.

    Castor oil is a vegetable-based oil that has been used for many home remedies over time, and it is also used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. We love it as a DIY nail strengthener because of its deep-conditioning properties. When used on your nails, it can help keep them moisturized and prevent them from cracking and breaking — and keep them strong. Adding a bit of vitamin E to this DIY mixture helps keep your nails and cuticles further moisturized and protected, too. Essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus not only smell great, but they have antiseptic properties, too.

    Note: If you are pregnant, you should not use essential oils. For facts and safety information on essential oils and aromatherapy, check out the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

    DIY Nail Strengthener

    Supplies:

    • 1 teaspoon castor oil
    • 2 vitamin E gel capsules, broken open
    • Several clean cotton balls
    • Small glass container or bowl
    • Optional: 3-5 drops eucalyptus or lavender essential oil

    DIY Nail Strengthener supplies

    Directions:

    1. Place the castor oil in a small glass container.
    2. Over the glass container, pierce the vitamin E capsules with the tip of a sharp knife. Allow the liquid to drip into the container. Discard the capsules.
    3. If you're using essential oil, add 3-5 drops to the mixture and mix with a spoon.
    4. Use a clean cotton ball to rub the mixture over your nails, twice a day. Allow the mixture to remain on your nails for about 5 minutes, then gently rub off with a clean cotton ball or tissue.

    Nail it with this DIY nail strengthener!

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    Trying to find a new way to sweeten up your mani and pedi? Look no further — we’ve got a treat your nails won’t be able to get enough of.

    Ice cream cone

    Keep
    your
    nails Cool

    Trying to find a new way to sweeten up your mani and pedi? Look no further — we've got a treat your nails won't be able to get enough of.

    The sun is creeping its way out and sandals are about to be in season, so that means it's time to pick your favorite nail polishes for the spring. We have the inside scoop on three Deborah Lippmann polishes that are going to be a big hit this season.

    Chill out

    Lippmann is a celebrity manicurist who took cooling down to a whole new level when she came up with her Staccato spring '13 collection of three ice cream-inspired nail polishes. All of the polishes are available online for $19 each. Not only are these polishes adorable, they are also healthy for your nails because of the combo of biotin, green tea and aucoumea. Good for your nails, sweet as ice cream and cute — triple win!

    If any of these fabulous ice cream themed polishes were sold at Cold Stone Creamery, we'd have to order the “gotta have it” size! With spring colors as their base and matte black glitter specks, these polishes will be an extraordinary accessory for your outfit.

    Here are Lippmann's polishes that will have your taste buds going crazy:

    I’m Not Edible!

    I'm Not Edible!

    The I'm Not Edible color will surely get your taste buds going, but as its name suggests, please don't eat it. Instead, try wearing the panicked pink color to the beach or as an everyday color all spring long!

    Rockin' Robin!

    Rockin' Robin!

    Rockin Robin is definitely… rockin! This is our favorite out of the three simply because mint is definitely in this season. After applying this polish, you might get a craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream, but it'll be well worth it!

    Polka Dots and Moonbeams!

    Polka Dots and Moonbeams!

    What tastes better than Oreo ice cream? Don't worry — we'll wait for your response while our Polka Dots and Moonbeams polish dries. This color is super cute and it's perfect for the working woman who doesn't want a polish that's too much for the office.

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    A great foundation is the key to any beauty look, including nails.

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    The proper tool and technique are the difference between beautiful, strong nails and sad, weak nails.

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    To celebrate the release of Disney’s star-studded movie Muppets Most Wanted, OPI released eight limited edition nail lacquers — all inspired by the world's favorite Muppets. They teamed up with the popular nail blog Chalkboard Nails to create the Muppets Most Wanted nail art designs. Show your love for Kermit and the gang with these adorable designs.

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    Which looks worse: chipped nail polish or no nail polish at all? If you're a fashion-forward woman, neither answer is really acceptable, but it's nearly impossible to keep manicures chip-free for more than a day or two at a time. Or so we thought.

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    While you do everything you can to keep your digits looking great, constant manicures can lead to some icky issues like hangnails, discoloration, even fungus. Sometimes, your nails just need some good ol' fashioned TLC — and a few great products to whip them back into shape.