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Awards season 2014: 6 beautiful nail art inspirations
Nothing beats the January blues better than awards season, right? Whether you’re hosting an Oscar party or watching the Golden Globes in bed with a
healthy snack (read–a sweet and salty treat),
red carpet-worthy nails are an absolute must. Ask your esthetician for help or give yourself a
manicure lesson at home using one of these cool Spring 2014 runway
nail art designs. (Either way, you’ll be the belle of your own red carpet this season.)
Nail trend: Metallic overlay
Designer inspiration: Thakoon Spring 2014 (above)
Why it’s red carpet worthy: A subtle shimmer definitely says you’re worthy of a gold statuette, but it’s not so loud that it overpowers the rest of your look. Apply sparkly polish atop a pastel shade (with heavier colour at the tip) to create a pretty ombré design.
4 more amazing nail art designs to be inspired by after the jump…
Nail trend: Geometric colour blocking
Designer inspiration: Peter Som Spring 2014
Why it’s red carpet worthy: Play around with the structure of your designs to give red carpet nails a playful,
sporty chic touch they wouldn’t achieve with just a solid coat of polish.
Nail trend: 3D art and embellishments
Designer inspiration: Marc Jacobs Spring 2014
Why it’s red carpet worthy: Because nail appliqués are ultra chic–yet difficult to maintain for more than an hour or two–3D nail art is the way to go for awards season–they just have to last the night. (Insider tip: Seal with a
top coat for extra shine and a longer lasting hold.)
Nail trend: Half moon
Designer inspiration: Alexis Mabille Spring 2014
Why it’s red carpet worthy: Yes–the half moon manicure is still a trend (carried over from
Fall 2013) and a design you should attempt for a high-fashion appeal and a "how-did-she-do-that" allure.
Nail trend: Texture
Designer inspiration: Giles Spring 2014
Why it’s red carpet worthy: You might not be able to compete with the
jewel-encrusted clutches the stars are parading on the red carpet, but you can add textured gems to your nails for a standout look.
Nail trend: Nude nails
Designer inspiration: Ports 1961 Spring 2014
Why it’s red carpet worthy: Finally, if nail art just isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with bare nails (a super popular look for spring). Use a
nude nail polish or just try buffing your nails for a simple, minimalist look.
OVER TO YOU! Which awards shows will you be watching this year? How do you do your nails in January? What’s your fave Spring 2014 nail trend?
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