From candy-coated tips to plumage-inspired toes, these textured and special-effects nail lacquers make mani and pedi magic in just a few swipes
Pretty In Pink
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with Nicole by OPI Gumdrops in Candy is Dandy ($8; Walmart), which has a granulated, shimmery finish. “The formula is thicker than traditional polish, so it takes longer to set,” says New York City–based manicurist Julie Kandalec. After applying two coats, place nails next to an air conditioner or fan for at least 15 minutes—heat and humidity increase drying time.
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Make sparks fly by painting nails with silver lacquer followed by two coats of Essie Luxeffects in Set in Stones ($8; drugstores), a polish laced with confetti- like flakes. When you tire of your dazzling digits, try Kandalec’s trick for taking off glitter: Place a cotton ball soaked in acetone-based remover on each nail. Then wrap tips with aluminum foil, wait five minutes, and slide off.
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Take a cue from one of nature’s most glamorous creatures and step out in Chanel le Vernis in Azuré ($27; chanel.com), an iridescent polish that changes with the light. Since blues and greens can seep into nails and stain them, Kandalec recommends applying two layers of base coat under color.
Keep It Cool
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Treat your tips to Deborah Lippmann Staccato Nail Lacquer in Rockin’ Robin ($19; deborahlippmann.com); the black glitter–dotted pastel is reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Kandalec says this eye-catching look works best on shorter nails that mirror your cuticle shape.
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These sunny and chic(k) toes are worth tweeting about! Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Textured Nail Color in Peach fuzz ($6; drugstores) contains tiny, feather-like fibers suspended in a clear formula. Kandalec suggests starting with a yellow base, then applying two layers of this top coat with vertical strokes. While polish is still wet, turn your brush horizontally and move the particles from side to side.