Say It Isn’t So: Nail Art Is Over

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…

Read more about the nail art decline on Fashionista.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 16, 2013

Trend Alert: Nail Art

Clutches, heels – sure, we love them. But for some of fall’s best accessories, look no further than your fingertips. Here’s the buzz on who’s been sporting the trend and how to replicate it.

Mani Monday: Nail Art

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October 21, 2013

Mani Monday: The Modernist Manicure

Forget a single hue. Victoria Shen, graduate of Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and creator of the Modernist Manicure pop-up nail salon, is all about replicating popular 20th-century paintings onto nails. Rothko. Mondrian. Pollock. You name it, Shen does it.

And (drumroll) she does it for free.

Too good to be true? I had to try it and see for myself. When you arrive, you’re welcomed warmly and asked to pick a modernist painting from a catalogue provided. Apparently Piet Mondrian’s paintings are a big hit with Shen’s clientele, but I opted to get Ellsworth Kelly’s “The Meschers” canvassed onto my nails.

The verdict? I adore it, and applaud Shen’s efforts to fuse the worlds of art and beauty. In her own words, “I want to have conversations and give people an art experience that they may not get in an art gallery.”

Mani Monday

To to learn more about Modernist Manicure or book your own appointment, click here. Or try creating your own “Modernist Manicure” at home using a Rothko painting and this ombre manicure tutorial for inspiration.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 15, 2013

Rue Road Test: Nail Art Pens

I haven’t quite settled on a costume idea for Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit. Like every other girl in her mid 20s, I’ve been scoping out the scary-good nail artwork on Pinterest on a daily basis. The only downside? It makes everything look so easy! Sure, a mural depicting the resurrection of Frankenstein would be awesome painted on my thumbnail, but seeing how I’m no artist extraordinaire, I decided to keep it simple with basic designs like skulls, spiders, and cobwebs.

Using a few base nail polish colors, two nail art pens, and some tiny crystal stones, I tried my hand at some of my own digit decorations, and I have to say – the art pens worked like a charm. I’ve dabbled in delicate nail work before, using regular nail polish and toothpicks, but I’ve never been able to do such fine details successfully. Here’s how I achieved this spooky look:

Cobweb Nails

1. Begin by painting your nails the base color of your choice. I went with a neon purple to stand out against the black web.

2. When your base is dry, use the art pen to draw lines radiating out from a single point on your cuticle toward the tip of your nail.

3. Next, connect these lines with two or so perpendicular lines to form the “web” between them.

4. When your webs have dried, paint a clear nail polish coat on top.

5. While the clear polish is still wet, carefully apply the black crystals to the “web” with tweezers to look like little spiders (don’t use too many or you’ll hide the web design).

That’s it – piece of cake! The real problem was keeping my hand out of the candy corn dish for long enough to let my nails dry.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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