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Finger Prints: 3 textured manicures to try this fall, courtesy L’Oréal Paris nail pro Tom Bachik


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Photography by Natasha V; Manicure by Tom Bachik

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Lips, skin and hair were a study in texture on the Fall 2013 runways, and the same went for nails. Now, beauty brands are launching gritty, matte and high-gloss polishes, and top coats flecked with chunks of glitter or fabric. Global nail artist for L’Oréal Paris Tom Bachik offers his take on the trend. Read more »

The best summer nail polish colours: 7 Beauty Panel favourites (and some nail art, too!)


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It would be an understatement to say that nail art hasn’t completely saturated the beauty world. From Anne Hathaway’s neon manicure at the Met gala to Hailee Steinfeld’s pop art nails at Comic Con, nail art is still going strong throughout summer.

While A-list stars turn to nail gurus like Kimmie Kyees (Rihanna’s go-to) and Tom Bachik (he does Beyoncé, Zooey Dechannel and Jennifer Lopez) DIY nail art can look just as red carpet-worthy. Although scrolling through thousands of nail art images on Pinterest may be one way to get inspired, the Beauty Panel is here to lend us a hand. This week they’re sharing top tips and tricks on the best nail art looks for summer. From pastel shades to chevron nail art to glitter top coats, we’re pretty sure you’ll be reaching for a bottle of nail polish before you finish reading this post.

Challenge 22: What’s your favourite nail polish colour to wear this summer? See the answers now! »

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Canada Day nail art: 9 patriotic red and white manicures to try this long weekend


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With Canada Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those red and white outfits! Whether you’re spending the long weekend at the cottage or celebrating in the city, Canada Days calls for the addition of a patriotic ensemble. But if there’s nothing in your wardrobe that suits the occasion, consider inserting some red and white into your beauty routine. No, we’re not suggesting you go all out with a maple leaf flag face paint situation—instead take it to your nails with some Canada Day nail art.

The best part about doing a themed manicure for Canada Day is that no matter your talent level, there’s a nail art option for you. Whatever combination of red and white nail polish you end up applying will get the patriotic message across! To get the Canada Day nail art ideas rolling, we asked the Beauty Panel to share their long weekend manicures. From simple red and white dots to intricite maple leaf designs, these manis are sure to inspire some Canada Day nail art of your own, adding the perfect dose of patriotic pop to your long weekend.

Challenge 17: Happy Canada Day! What are you wearing on your nails this weekend? See the answers now! »

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Want to show off your nail art skills? Have we got a contest for you!


Nail art enthusiasts, it’s time to show us what you’ve got! Our sister publication, Glow Magazine, and Shoppers Drug Mart have teamed up to create the ultimate summer nail art contest. To enter, all you have to do is try your hand at one of the four nail art designs currently featured on the Shoppers Drug Mart website. Each look makes use of the best nail polish colours for summer and is served up in a very easy-to-follow video tutorial. Read more »

Exclusive: Meet Little Mix, Britain’s newest girl group, with this playful nail art tutorial


Little Mix nail art

Photography courtesy Sony Music

Here’s some Friday morning fun for you! The show that brought us One Direction and the country that gave us the Spice Girls have pretty much done it again: Little Mix is a new girl group that formed on the UK’s X Factor in 2011. If you’ve been missing the upbeat pop music and feisty lyrics that dominated the charts in the late ’90s, it’s time to give Little Mix a listen. (The video for “How Ya Doing” could easily be mistaken for a Destiny’s Child song and makes us want to dye our hair bright colours ASAP.) The four-girl group not only won X Factor, they launched a debut album, DNA, that dominated the charts in Britain—which is why they’re now in North America to do the same.

And because any girl group worth their salt is all about individual style coming together in one sassy package, Little Mix has created a custom nail art tutorial with Toronto’s Pinky’s Nails. Read more »

Bring the runway to your finger tips: Revlon is releasing a Marchesa-inspired nail art collection


Marchesa Revlon nail art

Photography: left by Peter Stigter; right by Revlon

With many nail bloggers turning to the runway for nail art inspiration (Miss Ladyfinger and Move Slightly are two of our faves) beauty companies are starting to take hints from this thriving trend. Getting ahead of the game, Revlon has partnered with Marchesa on a series of runway-inspired beauty products.

As the official makeup and nail partner for Marchesa’s New York Fashion Week shows, the forthcoming Revlon by Marchesa line will take this collaboration a step further. According to WWD, the partnership will include nail polish, lip products, eye products, nail art and beauty tools—with the first launch being a set of nail art stickers inspired by the patterns of Marchesa’s gowns.

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OPI San Francisco collection: Introducing 15 new nail polish colours for fall 2013

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OPI San Francisco collection Fall 2013

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Though we’re just on the brink of summer, who doesn’t appreciate the chance to preview an upcoming fall collection—especially when it involves new shades of nail polish? Set to launch this August, the OPI fall collection takes inspiration from the sights and sounds of San Francisco. OPI has long paired their nail polish collections with international locales, from Europe to Asia to Australia, making a manicure at home feel just a little bit like a mini vacation. Read more »

Beauty Fix: How to wear dark lip colours in the summer and more answers to your beauty questions


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Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at

I seem to have some clogged pores that won’t budge. Is there a good way to clear up my skin without getting a facial?
Clogged pores are pesky! They’re not quite a full-on breakout, but they definitely detract from the overall health of your skin. Dead skin cells, dirt, debris or excess oil can clog pores. So let me quickly reiterate how important it is to remove makeup and cleanse skin nightly! Doing so will drastically reduce the likelihood of clogged pores, but no one is entirely immune from them. Attack with a mask, such as SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque ($50, While this is a clay-based concoction, which is always optimal for purifying skin and controlling sebum production, the formula is actually boosted by 5 per cent mixed hydroxy acids. The blend of hydroxy acids includes glycolic acid, which will alleviate the accumulation of dead skin cells, as well as citric, tartaric, and malic acids, which are all antioxidants that, when applied twice a week, will help get your skin to the state you want it to be in. Read more »

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