You’ve finally finished painting on the last coat of your at-home manicure. But just a little while later, you look down at your almost-dry DIY mani and see bubbles have begun forming. To keep this from happening again, follow the simple tips below for a smooth, professional-looking finish.

How to Avoid Nail Polish Bubbles

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January 6, 2014

New Year’s Eve is all about glitz, and this year it’s time to spice up your sparkly dress with some matching sequin nails. I used the Ciaté Sequin Manicure to get my NYE-ready tips, but you can also create your own with a little clear polish and glitter from a nearby craft store. No matter which route you go, follow the simple steps below for some seriously showstopping nails.

Mani Monday: Sequin Nails for New Year's Eve

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December 30, 2013

The holidays are coming to a close, which means it’s your last chance to flaunt some festive tips (well, until New Year’s Eve, that is). Spruce up your nails this holiday with this easy holly how-to. Just follow the steps below.

Holly Manicure for ChristmasPhoto courtesy of nailside

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December 23, 2013

Brace yourself. Nail art is allegedly over. Go ahead, take a minute to let that sink in. All set? Good. Now, where were we? According to Advertising Age, the nail polish fad is drying up, and fast. In October and November alone, drugstore polish sales have fallen 13 and 10 percent, respectively.

Nail Art Is Over

So, I guess that’s it. I mean, while my Pinterest boards beg to differ, you really can’t argue with numbers. Looks like I’ll be retiring my nail pen and putting away my glitter polish…

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 16, 2013

When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to slap on one coat of colored polish and head out the door. But in order to keep your at-home manicure chip-free and looking great longer than just a few days, it’s important to apply a base and top coat. Not convinced? Check out the pros of these polishes below.

Why You Need a Base and Top Coat

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December 9, 2013

An LBD and black pumps are on the must-have list for every woman. But what about a go-to color for your nails? Two words: bright red. Just take a look at how the bold color has served as a stylish staple for women throughout the years.

Red Nails

1920s: Technicolor is introduced and viewers can see their favorite actresses’ nail colors for the first time.

1950s: Stars like Lucille Ball paint their lips and tips a matching scarlet red, creating a trend that’s still in style to this day.

1980s: Red nails take over the small screen, with actresses on Dynasty and Dallas rocking the bold, statement-making polish.

 1990s: The color conquers the shoe world when Christian Louboutin borrows his assistant’s red nail polish. He paints the sole of a prototype shoe, and an icon is born.

 Today: Red nail polish is bona fide classic, worn by stars like Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, and more.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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December 2, 2013

Dry hair. Chapped lips. We always make sure to avoid these unfortunate winter mishaps, but did you know cold weather can affect your nails, too? Take a look at the tips below to keep them healthy all season long.

 How to Keep Your Nails Healthy in Cold Weather

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November 25, 2013

Want to support Movember but, alas, physically unable to grow a beard? Follow the simple steps below to create whimsical moustache nails.

Moustache Mani

What you’ll need:

  • Pale nail polish (I used OPI’s "Let Them Eat Rice Cake")
  • Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black
  • Clear top coat

The how-to:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of pale-colored nail polish and apply a clear top coat. Once nails are completely dry, use the nail pen and, at the center of the nail, draw two connecting side-by-side dots.
  2. Place two very small dots on either side of the outer corner of the nail.
  3. On either side, draw a curvy, U-shaped line between the bottom center of the larger dot and the smaller dot.
  4. Again on both sides, draw a curved line from the top of the larger dot to the smaller dot.
  5. Fill in the moustache.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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November 18, 2013

It may sound silly, but chipping a nail after a fresh manicure can be devastating. Want to avoid that sinking feeling? Make your polish last with the tips below.

6 Ways to Make a Manicure Last Longer

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November 11, 2013

Squoval, round, almond. The nail-shape options are seemingly endless. But which one looks best on you? Check out the guide below to find out.


(From left to right) 

While this shape isn’t the most practical choice (unless, of course, you’re Lady Gaga), it sure is fun – and it makes the fingers appear slender and long. Use light colors, as darker ones might look a bit too Hocus Pocus.

If you have short nail beds, don’t worry – the oval shape can give the illusion of longer ones. This shape is also low-maintenance, which is great if you’re always on the go.

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November 4, 2013