Instyle gives step-by-step instructions to recreate three nail designs, from a classic look to a modern metallic.
Over the Moon
"Moon manicures" first became popular with the celebs of the '20s, says the mag. For this black-and-white design, nail tech Jennifer Mather used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Whirlwind White, Essie nail polish in Licorice, and ORLY French Manicure Tip Guides.
- Apply one coat of opaque white.
- Block off the bottom third of the nail (in a moon shape) using a French manicure sticker.
- Paint on two coats from the sticker to the tip of the nail. Apply top coat.
Fade to Lilac
Try a gradual color fade, using just two colors. For this look, Mather mixed OPI nail lacquer in Give Me Moor and Alpine Snow.
- Gather deep purple and white polish, five pots or disposable plates, and toothpicks for mixing.
- Pour a small amount into four pots, and add increasing increments of white to each one. Mix.
- Paint each nail a different shade, going from dark to light.
These gold-and-silver rock-star nails are easier than they look. Mather used CND enamel in Hyde in the Dark, Kami nail foil adhesive, and Kami Metallic gold and silver foil.
- Paint on two coats of gunmetal polish, allowing them to dry completely.
- Pint on nail adhesive.
- Place a strip of gold foil, shiny side down, over the nail. Tap a few times to deposit the pigment, and peel off. Repeat with silver.
The magazine also recommends Minx nails for more complicated designs. "These whisper-thin flexible films are heated and applied to nails like stickers," Instyle explains.