Tips on Tips

Trendy nail designs and colours for Valentine’s Day, award season, and beyond

By: Erin Torrance

This season’s runway colours and the onslaught of nail art designs gracing the internet—and fingers of many—have inspired us to sleuth out some top picks to polish off your look this spring.

Be mine, Valentine!

Whether you’re all for love or anti-Cupid, make some time this Valentine’s Day for a little self-indulgence. Adding some cuteness to your cuticles, these designs are a fun switch-up for this particular Tuesday at the office.

Candy Hearts Design. Click on image for an instructional video.

If you’re going for cute, go for the sweets. Inspired by the classic candy hearts, this first design is simple but requires a little more detail and patience. Because it may take longer, be prepared to pay a little more for this manicure at a salon.

Heartthrob by Pam Minch. Click on image for illustrated steps.

If a candle-lit dinner is in your plans, opt for this more sophisticated design. Ravishing in red with simple hearts, this manicure is perfect for a more romantic but still playful look.

A solid polish may be the best choice for a manicure that works both day and night and lasts past February 14th. We recommend Deborah Lippman nail lacquer in My Old Flame (Deborah Lippman online, $16), or Essie nail polish in Show Me the Ring and Bachelorette Bash (available at most drugstores, $8.99 each)—both aptly named for this particular occasion.

And the award goes to . . .

You could use a switch-up this award season from your go-to French manicure. These nail designs and polishes are sophisticated, fun and flexible—meaning you can master Lady Gaga’s five wardrobe changes throughout the night without worrying about your nail polish.

Pick up Stix by Pam Minch. Click on image for illustrated steps.

Fit to be Bow-Tied by Pam Minch. Click on image for illustrated instructions.

A subtle new take on this season’s nude nail trend, this design is understated elegance. Using simple intersecting stripes, it is also a simple design you may want to attempt on your own.

Megumi Tsubono’s “Fit to be Bow-Tied” design is a playful take on Lady Gaga’s 2011 pink-bow French manicure—one of her few tamer choices.

But if the gold tips aren’t catching enough light to catch your eye, then really spoil yourself by adorning some 24K gold dust on your tips with Deborah Lippman’s Boom Boom Pow nail lacquer (Deborah Lippman online, $20).

Pretty in pink

The designers preach pretty and feminine this spring season as their models donned neutral, pastel, pink, and red polish on the catwalk.

For a subtle neutral tone, we love Deborrah Lippman’s Naked and Satin Doll nail lacquer (Deborah Lippman online, $16 each). Butter London also offers a neutral trio that is animal cruelty free, vegan safe, and contains no carcinogens (Butter London online, Butter Bride, $44).

For a truly neutral, naked look, substitute your regular glossy topcoat polish with Nails Inc. London’s Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat (Sephora, $10).

For pink and pastel shades, look for opaque, creamy polishes like Essie’s pistachio Mint Candy Apple, peach A Crewed Interest or classic pink Mademoiselle (available at most drugstores, $8.99 each). Yves Saint Laurent’s Nail Lacquer Touch Pen Brush in Coral Touch (Yves Saint Laurent online, $26 USD) also gives a feminine hue to your nails and can easily fit in your purse for quick touch-ups.

Don’t have a steady hand? Don’t do it yourself! It’s about a little self-indulgence, so head to your salon instead. Most estheticians are skilled at the steady-handed sport of nail art, so just bring an image along with you and they will be able to replicate it.

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  1. I truly prize your piece of work, Great post.


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