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Three Red Carpet Trends Translated to Nails

We’ll admit that award shows themselves occasionally put us to sleep, but we wouldn’t dare miss a minute of the red carpet pre-game. And while most of us won’t be donning a Marchesa gown anytime soon, we can still take part in Tinseltown’s fashion trends. Try these simple manicures inspired by the top red-carpet looks from the 2013 Golden Globes.


Sofia Vergara, Lea Michele, and Isla Fisher sparkled in sequins without looking like disco balls (harder than it sounds). Get the same look on your nails with tiny loose sequins or glitter. Working one nail at a time, apply a thick base coat, then dip the top of your nail into a pile of loose sequins. Use a small brush to dust off any excess sparkles, and apply a top coat to seal the glimmery pieces to your nail. Visit a craft store for supplies, or try one of the new kits from UK brand Ciaté.

Thigh-High Slits

Remember Angelina Jolie’s leggy number at the 2012 Oscars? Seems like the thigh-high slit made a lasting impression, with Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whitley. and Eva Longoria all stepping out in the style this year. For a less risqué version, use a black nail art brush to outline an upside-down ‘V’ at the base of each nail. Fill in the rest of the nail with black polish, and finish with a glossy top coat. Try the Nail Art Duo Pens from the Birchbox & Color Club Nail Art Kit or a superthin brush that even the shakiest of hands can master.

Nude Overlay

Flesh-toned dresses with textural interest were spotted on some of the most fashion-forward stars, like Jennifer Lopez, who wore a figure-hugging gown with a white lace overlay. Try a “jelly sandwich” manicure to get this look yourself. Begin by painting each nail with one coat of a sheer nude like Deborah Lippmann Naked. Use a white nail art pen or brush to create a simple design on top of the nude polish, such as polka dots or stripes. Once the white polish is dry, apply an additional layer of the sheer nude polish on top, creating a “sandwich” of color in between.

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