For your eyes: Highlighting your bottom lash line is oh-so-hot right now. Dip a slant-tipped brush in water, then dab it in an eyeshadow hue that’s slightly lighter than your top liner. Apply for a soft, diffused look.

For removing stray nail polish: Simplify your next at-home mani and battle the mess before it begins. Using a Q-tip soaked in baby oil, trace the outline of each nail prior to painting. Any stray polish will rub right off when you’re done.

For minimizing hair static: Ease static (that pesky winter hair woe) with natural bristles and metal combs instead of plastic ones, and don’t underestimate the power of a cream-based styling product.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 8, 2014

Queen Bey is at it again. But this time, instead of secretly dropping an album, she debuted a nail wrap collaboration with NCLA. Four different designs to be exact.

Beyoncé Nail Wrap CollectionImage via shop.beyonce.com

Beyoncé is no stranger to the world of nail art (did you see her 2013 Super Bowl nails?), but this is the first time she’s stepped onto the production side, and so far, I like what I see.

Her debut line consists of recognizable patterns inspired by her work and style. Je Ne Sais Quoi hints at neon signs from the “Blow” video. No Rest in the Kingdom pays homage to the Tom Ford bodysuit she wore to receive her MTV Video Vanguard Award. I Come with a Side of Trouble has the entire track listing of her latest album doodled all over it, and the appropriately named I Woke Up Like This is a plaid pattern, reminiscent of the shirt she wears in her “***Flawless” video.

The verdict is in. After seeing this royal collab in all its glory, I’m telling the rest of my nail polish, “To the left, to the left.”

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 3, 2014

For a fashion-savvy football fan, finding the perfect game-day outfit can be just as hard as managing that fantasy lineup. Of course, jerseys are a given – but think outside the box with a few creative finishing touches and stand out from the crowd. Literally.

Tailgate Style

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October 9, 2014

You may have had sushi in your hands before, but probably not like this. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Japanese manicure trend is going viral on social media, with posts garnering thousands of retweets in just a few days’ time. sushinailart

Image via Twitter.com

People are getting crafty with food-inspired details, generally opting for at least one nail’s worth of 3D roe, rice, or octopus tentacles. Other common sightings include realistic salmon and tuna patterns, petite shrimp tails, and seaweed stripes. Can you imagine what a letdown this trend must be for sushi-loving nail biters?

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 7, 2014

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

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

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

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By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 15, 2013

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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