Eight hot nail styles for 2013
Nails take center stage this year in wildly imaginative colors and textures. From barely-there French manicures to deadly vamp shades. Candy confectionary colors, sorbets, pastels and dreamy whites rule. As do retro patterns and dizzy designs. Be prepared for intricate motifs, reflective pigments and interesting finishes. Whatever your personal style, mellow or diva-like, there’s a nail trend just right for you. Check out Nykaa’s eight standout nail trends for the year.
An uncomplicated, no-fuss nail style in sheer nude, cream or white with a hint of shimmer for a dewy finish and natural but well-groomed look. Think of it as a return to classic simplicity. Perfect for the working girl who wants to look glamorous yet business like. Nude continues to be a big trend. We like Colorbar Nail Enamel, shade 063 Flirty Pink, Deborah 7 Days Long Nail Enamel shade 150 and Lakme True Wear Nail Color shade 014.
Heavy metal metallics
Metallic nails were all the rage at the New York Fashion Week. From chrome manicures and silver accents to nail art, a peep of metal adds edge and shine to any look. Gunmetal grey, roughed up gold and coppery bronze are hot right now. For maximum metallic impact apply all over nails.
But if the all-metal look seems to overpowering, keep up with the trend by painting on diagonal or cornered tips and paint over with transparent silver or gold paint. Check out OPI Nail Lacquer Shatter, Konad Special Polish Small, shade Gold, and Konad Regular Nail Polish shade Solid Gold R50.
Monochromes were big last season and don’t seem to be going anywhere this year either. From stripes to quirky patterns this look is effortlessly chic. A minimalistic trend that works well both ethnic and Western wear.
Easy to adapt by women of all ages and looks gorgeous with different skin tones. Let your imagination run wild. Of course, black and white is a classic combo but you can try daring combinations too for maximum impact. We like Lakme Absolute Fast & Fabulous Nail Polish, shades 03 Night Desire and 28 Silver High.
Chic neutral monotone nail colors are a welcome relief from attention grabbing saucy nail art and bold neons. Opaque white nails polish, also called new-neutral, works best with shorter, slightly rounded nails.
Think classic French manicure but with a twist. It’s a return to basics and classic, pale simplicity in creams and whites. Check out OPI Nail Lacquer SoftShades and Konad Regular Nail Polish, shades Honey Pink R57 and Pastel Pink R61
Fun, attention-grabbing textures are hot right now. Get the textured effect by layering a matte and shiny polish. First paint your nails with a matte polish. Let it dry to a velvety finish and then dip a small brush into a shiny polish in the same shade or a clear topcoat and swipe across nails to create shiny stripes.
Another hot face at the New York Fashion Week, the sky is the limit as far as textures go; from satin, sand finishes, high gloss and appliques to leather, glitter, 3D pearls, colored stones and studs. Get the look with OPI Nail Lacquer Shatter, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Art, Konad Pro Nail Deco Diamond Glitter – Yellow and Konad Clay 3D Nail Sticker.
A favorite on red carpets and Kate Middleton’s latest go-to nail style, ombre nails or the fade are hot right now. The look centers on a progression of different shades from the same color family. There are two different ombre styles you can try, one where the actual color fades from light to dark on each individual nail and the second version when the color fades from one nail to the next.
The easiest way to get the look is to paint each nail a slightly different color, going from light to dark and finishing with a top coat. For instance you could try Shades 9, 11, 12, 15 and 16 from Lakme True Wear Color Crush to create your own version of ombre.
Tooty fruity brights
Nothing screams summer like vibrant nails. Think eye popping, ice candy pink, yellow and lime to usher in warmer days. Such an easy way to add energy to your overall look. Fair beauties can choose from a range of bold greens, pinks and purples while medium to dark skin tones look best in bright oranges and yellows.
Find a shade closest to neon to make your nail color pop. We love the range from OPI Nail Lacquer Brights and shades Lime Margarita and Pina Colada from Colorbar Nail Enamels Exclusive.
The color palette moves from pretty pastels to dangerously dark and chic. From the grayish navy to purple vinyl, the dark angels are back. Grunge is big again. And no, it’s not only for fans of the Twilight series. The dark gothic nail trend was big over the winter, and it seems set to stay another season.
Wear this decadent trend with élan and pair with chunky bracelets and oversized cocktail rings. The trick to pulling it off is keeping nails short and sleek, shaped in a square-oval hybrid shape and using a base coat to prevent stains. Nykaa loves Deborah Shine Tech Nail Enamel, shades 18, 30, 36, 36 and 39; and Deborah Sense Tech Nail Enamel shade 3.