Adding pol­ish to DIY ma­nis

Los Angeles Times - - IMAGE - By Melissa Magsaysay For­mula X Jenna Hipp

From “painter’s tape” to stick­ers that make tak­ing off a gel man­i­cure much less la­bo­ri­ous, in­no­va­tive new prod­ucts in the nail care in­dus­try mean that DIY man­i­cures and cre­ative nail art are get­ting eas­ier and more in­ter­est­ing than ever.

This push for new tech­nol­ogy, tools and user-friendly prod­ucts has been go­ing full speed ahead for sev­eral years since nails have be­come an ac­ces­sory akin to a state­ment bag or bracelet. And there’s no sign of any slow­down. In 2014, Amer­i­cans spent $8.45 bil­lion on nail ser­vices, up from $8.28 bil­lion in 2013, ac­cord­ing to Nails Mag­a­zine, a trade pub­li­ca­tion.

Here are sev­eral new prod­ucts that ad­dress ease of ap­pli­ca­tion, high shine, strong nails and long-last­ing color.

But­ter Lon­don

But­ter Lon­don Patent Shine 10X Lac­quer The high-shine pol­ish made with shock-re­sist­ing poly­mer tech­nol­ogy comes in 14 shades and prom­ises 10 dif­fer­ent benefits to the nail, in­clud­ing up to 10 days of wear, a gel-like look, fade-re­sis­tant color and strength-build­ing cal­cium. It’s avail­able start­ing this month for $18 a bot­tle at Ulta and but­ter­lon­ .

For­mula X Sheer Strength A sheer pol­ish that comes in 10 mostly neu­tral shades, the lac­quer is packed with ker­atin and botan­i­cal ex­tracts to strengthen and pro­tect the nail. $12.50 at www.sephora

.com .

Ted Mor­ri­son

L’Oréal Paris Ex­traor­di­naire

Gel-Lacque Nail 1-2-3 A three-step gel man­i­cure kit that works to “plump” up nails so they ap­pear ridge-free and glossy. The 22 shades in the line can all be ap­plied with­out the use of a UV light and claim a chip-free and fade-free fin­ish. $12.99 for a kit in­clud­ing Step 1 (primer) and 3 (glaze); in­di­vid­ual nail shades are avail­able for $7.99 each at www.lo­real paris­


Jenna Hipp Clean Sweep Nail

Pol­ish Re­mover Pads A new ad­di­tion to self-pro­claimed green celebrity nail stylist Hipp’s self­ti­tled line, th­ese 100% oil-based pol­ish re­mover pads are made of only five in­gre­di­ents and are void of any parabens, petro­chem­i­cals, ph­tha­lates, syn­thetic fra­grances or min­eral oil. $28 at www.beau­tys

most­ .


Liq­uid Pal­isade by Kiesque This handy lit­tle tool is like painter’s tape for nails. Swipe some onto the cu­ti­cle be­fore lac­quer­ing nails, and the prod­uct acts as a protective bar­rier be­tween the skin and nail. Af­ter pol­ish is ap­plied, you peel it off and it takes any ex­cess pol­ish with it, with­out in­ter­fer­ing with what’s on the nail. It can also be used like a sten­cil di­rectly on the nail sur­face, to cre­ate de­signs or a tem­plate for a clean French man­i­cure. $22 at .


Sen­sa­tioNail Nail

Shield This sticker acts as a bar­rier be­tween the nail and gel pol­ish, pro­tect­ing the nail while also mak­ing the gel re­moval process much sim­pler. Be­fore go­ing for a gel man­i­cure, place the shield on the nail bed and trim to fit. The sticker can be lifted and pulled right off rather than hav­ing to soak fin­ger­tips in ace­tone. $7.99 at

www.sen­sa­ .

In­fi­nite Shine from OPI A three­step pol­ish that de­liv­ers the high shine and vivid color of gel, but with­out the need for UV lights or the ace­tone soak to take it off. Known for its ar­ray of colors, OPI has cre­ated 30 new shades as well as a primer and In­fi­nite Shine top­coat that cures in nat­u­ral light. $12.50 at www.Ulta

.com .



comes with re­place­ments that slip in and elim­i­nate the need to buy a new fil­ing tool when one side gets worn down. $10 at www.tweezer .

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