Nail art can sometimes conjure imaages of tacky charms or funky designs that won’t work with anything in your closet. But we're out to change that stereotype. We partnered with nail art aficionado and backstage regular, Miss Pop, to curate designs that are not only chic but can work with your wardrobe essentials. Read on to see what looks we’re excited for this spring!
1. Casual Cool
Jeans and a white t-shirt are the definition of casual cool—pulled together but not trying too hard. “Chill denim deserves a nail look as fun and laid back. A little glitter glams up your casual vibe and no one will ever guess how easy it was to just apply a sticker strip,” says Miss Pop. Paint nails with two coats Essie polish in Find Me An Oasis ($9; essie.com). Once dry, cut a thin strip of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Crowd Surfer ($8; drugstore.com) and place it on the center of your nails. You can either just use this glitter stripe as an accent nail or place them on each nail for more pizazz. Finish the look with a layer off top coat.
2. Classic Chic
Every woman needs an LBD in her closet lineup. “I love the lengthening effect of this design combined with the negative space, showing a little bare nail bed. It's a chic, simple and sexy twist on the red nail classic, perfect for an LBD,” says Miss Pop. To nail this look (pun intended), use a striper brush to create a diagonal stripe at the center of the nail. Fill in the color from the base of the cuticle up to the line with a poppy red polish (try China Glaze lacquer in Hot Flash, $8; ulta.com). Create a shiny finish with top coat.
3. Polished Professional
A white button down and pencil skirt are evergreen work essentials. Perhaps yours is the kind of office where you may not want a nail look that’s too loud. In that case, stick to classic hues like black and white. Modifying a look she created for the Rodarte Spring 2016 show, Miss Pop came up with this look. “A crisp white blouse needs a nail look as sharp," she explains. She suggests placing a French tip guide like a frown below the free edge of your nail tip and like a smile up from your cuticle. Use two coats of white polish (try Zoya polish in Purity, $10; zoya.com) for one edge and two coats of the black (like Orly Liquid Vinyl, $9; orly.com) for the other edge. Peel off your guides and seal your fresh look with top coat.