Notes on Nails


Welcome to our latest Beauty News column, Notes on Nails, which will be penned by Brittany Irvine. We’re winding her up and letting her go!

Summer nail trends are always so much fun! The best part about them is that colors are so popular and they just instantly brighten a mood. With millions of possibilities and colors for your nails, here are a few ways to celebrate some “haute hues.” Here are our recommendations for summer manis that you can do yourself. Take your nails back, ladies!

For the first manicure, Orly, has a perfect nude color called Glow. With two coats, you’ll find your nails opaque. The pigmentation in this polish is great, and alone the color is perfect for the office! Since we’re talking about color, how about an accent nail? Here, a bit of geometric design is brought into the picture. Using Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish, in green, pink, orange and yellow the nail is separated into geometric shapes and filled in. Find multiple nail art ideas similar to this one in The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art by Sharmadean Reid.

The second approach to color is using the same Orly Glow color but with colored tips! We have seen a lot of these already but they are simple to re-create. Coat the nails with your base color. After a base coat, use the Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish pens to stripe the top of the nail for a perfect colorful tip! Purchase Orly Polishes and Treatments at, Sally Beauty, and ULTA.

Finally for a pop of color, all the rage recently has been magnetic polish! Sally Hansen Magnetic Polish has their own line available in colors like purple, green, bronze, and blue. They are very simple to use — just coat the nail once, and let it dry. After this, coat the nail again, this time with a heavier layer, and immediately rest the magnet on top of the cuticle at the nail bed. The magnet moves the polish for magnetic magic. This polish formula is great, the color is stunning and has magnificent staying power. Purchase Sally Hansen Magnetic Polish in drugstores nationwide.

For an amazing, simple neon manicure that makes a statement, Revlon has fabulous Revlon Nail Art Neon, which comes in a dual ended bottle. First apply the white base which makes the neon colors pop. After the base color, apply the top coat in your favorite neon color and you’ll have pop perfection! Purchase Revlon in drugstores nationwide.

The 4th of July is coming up! What better way to celebrate than with some nail art designs? This first design is a patriotic display of red, white and blue. Pixi Nail Color in Fresh Red is an amazing summer red. Not too dark and not too light, it coats the nail wonderfully. For this manicure, coat the nails with Fresh Red, and then use the Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish to create white and blue tips on all but the ring finger. For the accent nail, use the Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish to then box off a dark blue section and make white stripes for the flag. Finish off with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Glitter in Set the Stage. Purchase Pixi exclusively at Target

Another 4th of July frenzied manicure can be achieved by simply coating the nails with Pixi Fresh Red and on the accent nail, Pixi Metallic Mermaid (what a great name!). Use the Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish to create fireworks of red, white and blue; then top it off with Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Glitter in Set the Stage.

As much as we love summer, we figured we would preview a few end of summer, nude color manicures as well. Two-toned manicures have been popular in the past but we can almost hear them creeping back up to the forefront of trends. Did they even go out of style anyway? Um, No!!

Orly Glow on the nail with Sinful Colors Nail Art Polish on the other half is our suggestions. This is perfect two-toned manicure to wear in the office and professionally chic!

Second, we have Pixi Mink Grey on the pointer finger, Orly Rapture on the thumb, middle and pinky, and Orly Glow on the ring finger (topped off with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Glitter in Set the Stage. This is a little bit sassier than the first, but also could be different to wear to the office, or a special event!

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