A base coat also creates a barrier that helps protect your nails from the damaging effects of nail polish. It prevents staining and peeling, and it will give your polished nails a more even texture. Base coats come in plain and ridge-filler varieties.
While most traditional manicures see each nail polished (varnished) to be a single hue, French manicures see the tips of each nail neatly painted white. What is a French polish? After a base coat has been applied by the therapist/nail technician, a natural looking pink, beige or nude polish is applied to each nail.
Before you head to the salon, read these top tips on gel manicures. Gel manicures can last much longer than a regular mani and they don't need to be expensive. You can even DIY a mani yourself! Read on for advice on what you need to know before getting a gel.
There are many types of glitter shapes, from hexagonal to bar glitter, to square and round. But one thing is standard: they’re all a huge pain in the you-know-what to remove. (Try Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter, reviewed here.) Pictured above is the oh-so-pretty Chasing Rainbows by OPI, reviewed here.
Directions: Wear Nailtini lacquers alone, layered or garnished to create countless combinations. Net Weight: 0.5 oz. / 15 ml Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic, Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phithalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethinol Copolymer, Camphor, Citric Acid.
A pearl finish polish usually looks something like OPI's Int'l Crime Caper, reviewed here. And I have to admit, it's not my favourite. See how it's got that pearly look to it?It's a sheer white base paired with some sort of blue-toned shimmer. This would work best paired over a darker polish, but still, I don't love pearl finishes.
New and improved ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ is our toughest top coat yet! Formulated with exclusive DiamondFlex™ Technology, our top coat is specifically designed to work with ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel to deliver salon-quality color and diamond-like shine.
The great thing about nail polish is that it's pretty much a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. It's always in your size, and you don't have to worry too much about matching it to your skin tone. Where it gets confusing, however, is that there's just so damn much of it to choose from.
Gel nail polish requires more time to remove than regular polish and a special process to protect nails and cuticles during the process. You may be tempted to peel the nail polish off when it begins to chip or loosen, but you may tear or peel away some of the top layer of your nail.
Textured polish dries gritty and grainy, and usually has lots of sparkle in it to catch the light. In my experience, this finish dries super-fast and is great for anyone who hates having to do an extra step of top coat. But if you add a good layer or two of shine over any textured polish, you’ll have a gorgeous, two-in-one shade.
There are few things more heartbreaking than spending your hard-earned money on a manicure, only to have it chip after a single day of wear — which is why we rely so heavily on finding the best top coat nail polish possible. MORE: The 6 Winter Nail Polish Trends You Need to Know. In the endless search for a way to make our manicures worthwhile, we’ve hunted down every top coat out there to see which would last the longest, prevent chips, and keep our tips shiny.
Nail polish in the Western world has traditionally been worn by women, going in and out of acceptability depending upon moral customs of the day. In Victorian era culture it was generally considered improper for women to adorn themselves with either makeup or nail coloring, since natural appearances were considered more chaste and pure. In the 1920s, however, women left corsets and long gowns ...