Over the past 15 years, nail trends have become as directional and inspirational as those of fashion. We’ve gone from square-tipped acrylic talons (#nocomment) to short, rounded statement nails, from art-gallery-worthy nail designs to almondshaped nudes. Metallics, which used to be chunky and a challenge to apply, are now silky and saturated with shimmer, and buffed natural beds are just as coveted as mirror-ball-shiny gel tips. I’m giving this new creative era the thumbs-up.
1. Quo by Orly Color Amp’d in Best Dressed ($11). 2. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer (Sheer) in Naked ($20). 3. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche in Feeling Kitty ($7). 4. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Stilettos & Studs ($11.95). 5. Revlon Nail Enamel in Untamed ($6.29). 6. OPI Nail Lacquer in Let Me Bayou a Drink ($12.50). For details, see Shopping Guide.