We’re digging the deep, dark lipstick that dominated the fall fashion runways, but dramatic lips can be hard to pull off during the workday or at school. Instead, try the look as a manicure. Short, well-groomed nails keep the look chic (and just a little bit vampy).
The color-blocking trend isn’t new, but the look has matured for fall 2013. Instead of the crazy neons we saw during the summer, cooler weather is all about combining rich, saturated shades like navy and classic red. First, paint each nail with your lightest polish. Next, freehand shapes like triangles, squares, or stripes with contrasting shades. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect—you’ll fix that on the next step. To finish, use a nail-art pen or thin brush to outline each shape with white lacquer—this will clean up any messy lines and give a modern, pop-art feel to your manicure.
One of our favorite makeup looks right now is the gilded eye, which features a dramatic sweep of sparkling gold shadow. To get the look on your nails, begin by painting each nail with a pale nude shade. Add a top coat and let your nails dry completely. Next, apply a circular binder reinforcement sticker to each nail, leaving a crescent shape exposed at the tip of each nail. Fill in the exposed area with gold polish, and then carefully remove the sticker to reveal your finished look.
Whether you’re into faux or the real deal, leather jackets (and pants if you can pull them off) are the fashion item of the moment. To bring the biker vibe to your manicure, start with a simple black lacquer. Next, sweep away the glossy finish with a matte top coat. For even more edge, use tweezers to press a few small sequins or metal studs (find these at your local craft shop) into the wet polish.