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Spring nail trends: 5 fresh, minimalist approaches to nail art


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Photography: Product by Bryan Lockyer (Styling by Sandy Harris for; Model by Elizabeth Lippman

Nail art’s not quite dead, but the baroque period is definitely over, as these five fresh-from-the-runways trends show. We’re in a minimalist phase, embracing subtle detailing, a more subdued palette and considerably less sparkle.


Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards: 10 of your favourite nail polishes and nail art sets


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Photography by Carlo Mendoza; Styled by Michelle Burca

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Some say a look is incomplete without a manicure and pedicure, and we’re inclined to agree. The nail polish formulas that won this year’s 12th Annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards are known for ease of use, long wear, high shine and wide availability. Nail art fans weighed in on the easiest way to get dolled-up digits and readers told us their preferred shades for both hands and feet at different price points, making it budget-friendly to grab one of the colours voted in. Read on for the results! Read more »

Introducing Gwen Stefani by OPI: From Swarovski nail art to a new mirror-finish polish, all the details on this collab

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When we think of Gwen Stefani’s signature style a few things come to mind: platinum hair, a midriff-baring top and, of course, red lips! Now, thanks to OPI, the musician’s covetable style is being bottled up for an exclusive nail polish collaboration. The seven-piece Gwen Stefani by OPI collection will hit shelves in January 2014 and features a number of finishes that are new to OPI, as well as a super-exclusive nail art set.

“Over & Over A-Gwen”—a luscious red that no doubt took inspiration from Stefani’s go-to lipstick shade—will be paired with Swarovski black crystals and metallic studs  in a boxed set that’s sure to be on every nail art fan’s must-have list. (Even better, it will sell for less than $20!) As for the new polish finishes, “Push and Shove” may just rival the nail art in terms of flashiness. It’s a chrome polish with a mirror-like finish, but unlike other chrome polishes, “Push and Shove” requires a special base coat (named “Lay Down That Base”) to ensure maximum reflection. We cannot wait to see swatches of this high-shine colour in action. Read more »

Best holiday nail art: 16 fun and festive tutorials that’ll make your nails shine



It’s hard to resist the urge to cover everything in tinsel this time of year. From glittering outfits to shimmering makeup to every Christmas décor item out there, ’tis the season to shine. But what about your nails? When it comes to manicures, there’s no better way to stand out than with some holiday nail art.

Pulling off an impressive DIY manicure is easy as pumpkin pie thanks to an abundance of festive nail polishes and beauty bloggers who love to document their inventive creations. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best holiday nail art looks for 2013 and come up with quite the list.

May we suggest a chic snowman? Or dressing your nails up like a cozy Christmas sweater? How about a tiny, decorated tree that rivals the best IRL decorations? Whatever you love most about the season, you can paint it on your nails. And whether you’re a nail art newbie or serious pro, these holiday nail art tutorials break each design down with easy-to-follow directions. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the best holiday nail art for 2013 and start painting! Read more »

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 »

Beauty Fix: How to do a bubble-free nail sticker application, sensitive skin cleansing cures and more


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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

My sensitive skin seems a bit irritated after cleansing. What can I do to calm it down?
This is a common gripe amongst sensitive-skinned individuals. The level of the skin’s visual irritation may be a fraction of the irritation happening below the surface, so spring into action. Ensure you’re using the correct type of cleanser for your skin. If you have skin that’s not only sensitive but also dry, using a milky or non-foaming cleanser is your best bet since they tend to be gentler at removing dirt and debris without draining the skin of natural moisture. If that’s all sorted, consider using a toner immediately after cleansing. While toner doesn’t necessarily have a place in everyone’s skincare regimen, a calming fluid like Simple Soothing Facial Toner ($11,, can really make a marked difference in how sensitive skin behaves. The fragrance-free formula contains witch hazel, panthenol, allantoin and chamomile, which tightens pores, restores skin, promotes cell turnover and soothes skin, respectively. Read more »

New York Fashion Week backstage beauty: 57 pictures of the best manicures and nail art from the Spring 2014 shows


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The nails at New York Fashion Week were right in tune with the ’90s minimalism style we saw on the Spring 2014 runways. Sheer is in, colour is out and the nail art trend seems to be winding down. The bare and buffed nails of last spring are still going strong for 2014, with designers like Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Jeremy Laing opting for pale shades of pink, lavender or beige instead of punchy pastels and neon brights. Read more »

Beauty Fix: A new way to apply mascara, how to heal skin that’s prone to scarring and more


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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 find it a bit tricky to get to my corner lashes when applying mascara. How can I reach every single lash?
I’ve certainly jabbed the inner corners of my eyes a handful of times when trying to get mascara on my corner lashes, leaving a mess of mascara smudges behind. (It’s even worse when it ruins a carefully applied eye makeup look.) Mascara junkies rejoice, because Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($12, has a very different brush that is the solution to your corner-lash woes. The adjustable ergonomic wand allows you to line up the brush with your lashes from the front, instead of from the side, so you can apply mascara to each and every lash. If you still feel you can’t get to the corner lashes, turn the brush so that it’s perpendicular to your lash line to brush on the mascara with the end of the wand. Read more »

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