Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:20

Beauty | Best Nail Looks For Spring

Beauty // April 8, 2015

Forget cleaning! Spring is all about color. Sunny up your look with a manicure (or pedicure) meant for warmer weather. An an editor for Nails Magazine, I see a lot of eye-catching mani ideas come across my desk. Click through to see the nail looks I am loving for spring:

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Just in time for festival season, wear colorful mash-ups of chevrons, prints, and other geometric details.


While we usually think of high-shine when we think nails, the latest trend is actually to remove that glossy finish. Opt for a single color or nail art, then don’t be afraid to add a matte top coat for effect.


Nail art aficionados have been looking to Japan for inspiration for a while. Embrace wearable and whimsical works of art by opting for embellishments, oval shapes, and shorter lengths.



There were lots of linear styles at New York Fashion Week. Sometimes a simple line is all it takes to add that extra something. Go minimal with a side part or maximize it with a grid or lattice look. Spring/ Summer 2015. 


This urban-inspired look of drips, splatters, and a plethora of color add the perfect edge to a spring manicure. Get a tutorial for this look here.

Negative Space

Showing a little skin is definitely popular in the spring and summer months. If you feel like you still need to work on your waistline a bit, you can take the skin-baring trend to your nails instead by leaving clear space in the design. This peek-a-boo effect is known as negative space.



Try a French, solid color, nail art or a little bling -- but whatever you do, make sure you’re maintaining your feet. After months of being stuffed in socks it’s time to break out the open-toed shoes, so schedule a pedicure.

What trends do you want to try out on your nails this spring? Let us know in the comments below!

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#MaincureMonday // November 3, 2014

Salon: Bellacures
Locations: Beverly Hills, Brentwood Village, Santa Monica, Larchmont Village, Studio City, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Dallas

As a woman, there are a number of ways you can display your style. Be it a new haircut, a wardrobe update, a fabulous jewelry find -- women aren’t afraid to let their personality shine. There’s a pride in displaying who you are for the world to see.

One of the more popular ways of putting yourself and your style out there has been through nail art and design. Manicures have become the new “IT” accessory for the modern stylish woman. You can shape your nails into long talons to emulate a puuurfect feline claw or stack enough rhinestones on each nail to rival a Disco ball. The possibilities with nail art are endless and, lately, women are all about it.

Samira Far, founder and owner of Bellacures

Samira Far, founder and owner of Bellacures -- one of the hottest nail salons in Los Angeles, has been ahead of the meticulous manicure trend. Since opening the Bellacures doors in 2006, Samira has been dedicated to keeping the essence of what’s really important in a salon: creating a professional, comfortable, stylish and most importantly, clean environment for women to get pampered and polished. The Bellacure brand’s commitment to quality has led the salon to being the go-to spot for classic mani-pedis. Check out their cool "Building A Bellacures" video here: 

We had the chance to sit with Samira to chat about breaking the nail industry without chipping her polish.

MW: The nail industry is booming right now with salons popping up everywhere. Bellacures has been around since 2006. What do you think sets your salon apart from the other trendy salons of the moment?

SF: At Bellacures we are raising the standard for what to expect when you walk into a nail salon. Our unparalleled comfort, service, cleanliness standards, and cutting edge techniques and packages, paired with the most talented technicians, is what sets Bellacures apart from other salons and distinguishes us as one of the top salons in the industry.

MW: Celebrities have been making it a point to show off their mani style lately. Do you have any celebrity clients who love to get the Bellacure treatment?

SF: We have a good amount of loyal celebrity fans!  Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Leah Michele, Naya Rivera, Jessica Biel, and Cameron Diaz are all regulars and love coming in to get the Bellacures experience.

MW: What’s next for Bellacures? Any new shop locations we can get excited about?

SF: We recently opened our first location out of California, with our eighth salon opening in Dallas, Texas. We are always looking for amazing franchisees across the country and we are so excited about our expansion plan and Bellacures’ future!

Bellacures is our Spotlight Salon this month! Check out more of their great mani looks on our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter each Monday when we post our favorites using the hashtag #ManicureMonday.

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Beauty // June 2, 2014

As someone who deals with nail polish daily as the editor of Nails Magazine, it takes a lot for a lacquer to impress me.

But when in need of a quick nail pick me up, I am always open to trying new nail products. I decided to polish my nails mid-week with the chrome-like Charismatic color from Poshinality. I was instantly impressed with the application of the polish. The liquid silver slid on smoothly and covered my nail nicely with a thick coat. It dried quickly and the second coat went on just as nicely. Ladies love a good quick drying polish! I liked that this silvery color isn’t too sheer either. It has the ideal opacity to be worn alone or topped off with nail art.

The product line is a marriage of two words: polish + personality. Each color in the collection is named for a personality trait or fashion style. There is “Hipster”, “Adventure Seeker” and “The Quiet Type” along with “Outspoken”, “Go Getter” and “Open Minded.” Poshinality encourages it’s fans to not only pick a color, but to express who they are. Since I am all about self-expression and I work in an industry that supports having your own sense of style, I admire this brand for encouraging women to be confident in their own skin. Nail polish is more than something “pretty”, it’s a tool you can use to express your creativity.

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Poshinality also supports the beauty of giving: raising awareness for issues like domestic violence, sex trafficking, and even clean water initiatives. They donate a portion of their revenue to social causes and campaigns that seek long-term change. If you’re going to stock up on polish, you might as well choose one that supports a good cause! After reading up on the brand, I discovered that I like this polish even more than I thought.  I love that the majority of colors are “five-free” (free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor), and I feel like it’s rare to see a nail polish brand that gives back to so many social causes and does not test its products on animals.

For other nail insights, please visit my blog or Poshinality’s Blog Log.

Happy painting!

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Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:21

Beauty | Nail Looks For Spring

Beauty // February 24, 2014

If you're in LA, it's getting warmer and you can feel spring coming your way. If you're not in LA... Well, we're sorry. Either way, spring is coming and it's time to update your nail game.  We asked our staff to share their picks for nail colors. Check out these great nail looks for spring!

French Tip 2.0

I love a French manicure! It's the perfect nail look for every occasion, but I'm down to mix it up for spring! Instead of the traditional style, I could totally see myself rocking the multicolored tips. I love the pastels and how it's just the right amount of color without being overbearing. - Jasmin

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A Little Bit Of Color

This nail look is so cute to me! It's a softer color, but it still adds a bit of a pop. It's somewhere between a power blue and a turquoise, which I think would look good on brown skin. I think it's fresh and clean for spring. :) - Serena

Connect The Dots

These nails have been “spotted” on several of the models from New York Fashion Week. The dotted look is fun, cute, and easy to do yourself! Expect to see much more of this style come Spring, with bright colors and Easter pastels. - Ava

Pink & Gold

These nails are so pretty! After months of winter, it's exciting to get to wear bright pink, and the gold glitter really makes them pop. - Jillian

Two Tone

This is a fresh, fun take on the classic french manicure. This color duo is chic yet playful, but different combos will deliver different levels of intensity. I love that it's simple enough to do at home! - Lindsey

Union Jack

I love this Union Jack French. With the Olympics going on, it's fun to show some national pride on your nails.  - Beth


I like a little bit of a design on my nails when I'm feelin' funky. Not something over the top, with chains and jewels hanging down but I do like a bit of creativity. Hey! Your nail bed is your canvas! This look is cute but not too much for work. - Serena

Shine Bright

I LOVE coral! It's one of those universal colors that looks good on every skin tone and it's fun! I typically keep it as a mainstay for my pedicures during the warmer months, but I know it would look just as fabulous on my hands.  - Jasmin

Egg Hunt

I love this look! The classic light pink works on several different skin tones and the girly nail art is subtle enough to wear at the office. It kind of reminds me of an Easter egg -- perfect for spring! - Lindsey

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Friday, 14 June 2013 01:16

Style | Best Nail Looks for Summer

Style // June 17, 2013

The temperature is going up, the skirts are coming out and you’ve completely updated your look for summer. Don’t stop with just your wardrobe. Here are some hot new nail trends to try so you can be summer ready down to the smallest detail:

1. Nude Nails

One of the biggest nail trends seen on the NYFW runway for 2013 was nude nails. From tans and browns to blushes and barely-there peaches, this look gives off a fresh polished vibe. Nude nails are also great accents to nail art; we love a basic nude manicure with glitter tips or an added pop of color. Nude nails are perfect for a versatile summer look and can look great with a summer dress or colored jeans and a tank.

Favorite Shades:

OPI - Mimosas 

Butter London- Yummy Mummy 

Deborah Lippmann- Fashion

2. Matte Nails 

Forget shine, gloss and glitter, one of the biggest trends continuing into summer is matte nails. Today’s best matte looks have a satin finish and slight sheen that creates a unique statement. There are plenty of matte polishes in every color, but you can also just as easily get the look with any number of matte top coats that will turn your favorite lacquer into matte finish. Matte colors also can serve as a great foundation for nail art that incorporates both matte and glossy polishes into one look.

Favorite Shades:

OPI- Russian Navy

Essie -Matte About You TopCoat

Zoya Mod Mattes Collection - Lolly

3. Textured Nails 

Who doesn’t love a little texture? This summer, go the extra mile and take your manicure into 3-D! Add some jewels, dots, hardware or embellishment to just one nail or on the tips for a wow moment. Some of the biggest trends for the summer include the caviar manicure in a number of colors which add an instant glam to your look. You can also try a textured look with Zoya’s Pixie-Dust polishes, which give the feel of a sand-art effect, or a “velvet” polish like with Sally Hansen’s new Fuzzy Coat line in a variety of wild shades and combos. Try these textured looks with a simple accessories, so that they can take center stage.

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Favorite Shades:

Ciate Caviar Manicure- Black Pearls

Zoya PixieDust - Godiva

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat - Fuzz-sea

4. French Twist 

It’s time to rethink your clear and white tipped idea of the classic French manicure. This summer, update this trend with new colors and dimensions. Play up your favorite colors by adding black tips to a colored nail, colored tips to a peach or nude nails or adding metallic tips. Or reverse the whole trend and try a half-moon manicure instead, giving a different color to the base of the nail. The combinations are endless, and we are loving them all. For summer, experiment with shades like pink and coral, blue and aqua or try an ombre effect with different color tips.

5. Neon Nails 

Lastly, neon is a trend that we are seeing on the runway, and across our favorite fashion blogs. Our favorite neon nail trends include pops of neon in nail art with nude and black nails as well as ombre nails including neon colors. We love this look at the pop of color with a neutral ensemble.

Favorite Shades:

American Apparel Neon Nail Polish - Neon Yellow

China Glaze- Pink Voltage

Illamasqua Nail Varnish - Electric Lilac

What favorite nail trends and colors are you trying? Share your manicure photos with us and tweet us at @madewomanmag with your thoughts!

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