Move over, plain pol­ish: Stars prove this sea­son’s hottest man­i­cures are any­thing but ba­sic

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Make your mani mod­ern with in­spi­ra­tion from celebs like Meghan Trainor


“I re­ally like glit­ter a lot,” Alexa Chung, 32, says of her af­fec­tion for glim­mer­ing tips. To keep the look from ap­pear­ing too ju­ve­nile, steer clear of cov­er­ing the en­tire nail bed in sparkles. In­stead, take cues from Alexa and paint nails in a solid hue and add the glit­ter to just the top (or bot­tom) half. Think of it as the mod­ern, ma­ture take on a gram­mar school throw­back. Twenty-nine-year-old Emmy Ros­sum’s nails look com­pli­cated, but truth is, it’s a su­per­sim­ple paint job. First, ap­ply clear or nude pol­ish to nails. It’s im­por­tant to keep the beds color-free be­cause you don’t want to ap­pear like you’re wear­ing pol­ish (get it: neg­a­tive space). Fol­low with a swipe of black lac­quer at the tip and a half­moon at the base. See, sim­ple! Black Pol­ish (left): Sally Hansen Mir­a­cle Gel Pol­ish in Blacky O, $ 10, drug­stores Nude Pol­ish (right): Sally Hansen Mir­a­cle Gel Pol­ish in Birth­day Suit, $ 10, drug­stores L.A. COL­ORS Nail Duet Nail Pol­ish, $1, Fam­ily Dol­lar stores


Guys, celebs like Meghan Trainor, 22, don’t ac­tu­ally have bionic nails that are im­pres­sively long and per­fectly oval. The se­cret? They’re fake. Yep, stick ’em on, flick ’em off. And the best part — you have all this ex­tra nail bed space to play with pol­ish (like adding a cool black stripe)! Freida Pinto, 31, shows you can have fun with nail flair with­out com­mit­ting to 10 artsy tips. In­stead, just sin­gle out your ring fin­ger for a stand-out de­sign. Af­ter paint­ing her nails in red pol­ish, Freida painted two-thirds of her ring fin­ger in white, leav­ing the top por­tion red, and let dry. The fin­ish­ing touch? The bot­tom third of the nail painted black, which re­sulted in the striped look. Voilà! Black pol­ish (left): Wet n Wild 1 Step Won­dergel Nail Color, $ 5, drug­stores; White pol­ish (right): Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Spirit, $ 5, drug­stores From left: Zoya Pro­fes­sional Lac­quer in Willa, $ 10,; L’oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color in Top Of The Line, $ 6, drug­stores; Essie in Fifth Av­enue, $9,

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