nail trends

The new Dior Tie Dye Collection launched earlier this month with some cheery, sunny shades. Since it’s Friday, and we’re currently in a new-mani mood, we thought we’d turn to a few beauty mavens around the internet. We love what these savvy ladies are doing with Dior’s newest collection; follow the links to see more reviews, ideas and how-tos.

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SHOP: Dior Tie Dye Nail Collection


This may be the first full week of spring, but warmer temps are still lagging behind (at least here in Seattle). We’ll just have to keep waiting to break out the sunny weather dresses and sandals. Sigh. In the meantime, at least we still can update any look with a fresh and fun mani. Here are a few nail polish ideas we’re loving while we’re waiting for those May flowers.

Pop Art Fade-Out: Essie Greens Polish in ‘Going Icognito’ | Nordstrom Nail Color in ‘Insomnia’ [continue reading…]


Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, has your go-to guide for everything nails—from tips and trends to a brand breakdown—to help you find the perfect polish this fall. 

Many friends have asked me why I haven’t tried gel manicures. My answer: There are just way too many cool new nail colors, textures and trends to try that I can’t wait a whole week (or longer!) before trying something new. That’s right, I typically change my polish several times a month, and I truly enjoy doing my own nails. (If nothing else, it’s a great diversion from mindless snacking, since it’s really hard to reach into a bag of chips with wet nails!)

Nail guru Deborah Lippmann and me backstage at NYFW | My nail art arsenal

The best part about nail trends this season is that basically, anything goes! Whether you want to try a little something new (a matte top coat can change your fave color into a whole new look) or go all out (contrast colors, studs, glitter), we have some great new trends to try that are amazingly do-able, even for a nail novice.

Check out our favorite nail trends right now.

And don’t forget that Nordstrom has several great nail brands, from well-known manicure professionals to designer favorites (see below for the short list). So take this opportunity to try something a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone, because it’s the perfect excuse to get out of hand!

· Essie: trendy colors and trusted favorites
· Tom Ford: beautiful, rich colors that live up to the designer’s name
· butter LONDON: the epitome of the coolness that is Katie Jane Hughes (the global color ambassador for the brand)
· Estée Lauder: some of the best shimmer metallics I’ve seen
· Deborah Lippmann: worn alone or layered, these have serious staying power
· Clinique: created for sensitive skin (and with super-cute color names)
· Ciaté: the pioneer in innovative textures and finishes (I dare you not to instagram the results)
· JINsoon: manicurist extraordinaire, this lady knows nails
· M•A•C: bright color pops that are great for nail art

And many more in stores and online! Shop all of our polishes.

A few more (finger) tips and favorites for nailing all the details (sorry, I couldn’t resist that one):

Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion: Sure, it’s technically for your face, but if you’ve never treated your digits to a good exfoliating, why not use something that’s gentle enough for your face?

Deborah Lippmann’s The Stripper: Give your smelly stand-by remover the boot—this one has a nice lavender scent and a very user-friendly pump, so you’ll never use too much at once. (Also available in uber-convenient, travel-friendly packets!)

Shiseido Facial Cotton: I started using this several years ago to take off makeup, but I soon discovered that it’s awesome for removing nail polish! I literally only use ONE cotton square for all 10 fingers or toes (okay, maybe two if it’s Topshop’s “Brazil” or Ciaté’s “Twilight”—but totally worth it, of course). Plus, these don’t leave stray bits of cotton stuck to your cuticles (or eyelashes, if you’re removing stubborn mascara). Say goodbye to dozens of wadded-up cotton balls filling up your wastebasket.

L’Occitane Brightening Hand Care: Because who doesn’t love a hand cream that brightens AND has SPF 15?! So easy.

Essie Nail Corrector Pen: No explanation needed—a total cannot-nail-art-without-it item.

Who’s ready for fall? Let’s see a show of hands!

Happy painting,


We found one of our Nordstrom Beauty Spot tastemakers, Madeline Poole, doing her thing as the lead nail artist backstage at Adam Selman. To achieve a strong supermodel look, Poole went for none other than classic dark red: Ciaté in ‘Boudoir’ with a high-shine finish. Simple and elegant.


Tip to make your polish last? Poole says not to use lotion or oils before applying polish. Start with a totally clean nail.

Spring nail trends: She is most excited to see a natural nail length (no more acrylics!) and incorporation of clear and negative space.


Butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, Katie Hughes, shows us how to create easy, 3D polka dot nail art with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON.

Step-by-step instructions from the video below:
1. Begin with one coat of Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
2. Apply two coats of ‘Cheeky Chops’ Nail Lacquer.
3. Use a dotting tool (or ball point pen) to create large dots at random with ‘Keks’ Nail Lacquer.
4. Layer on smaller dots in ‘Primrose Hill Picnic’ Nail Lacquer with the other end of your dotting tool (or something with a finer point, like a toothpick).
5. Let dry 5 to 10 minutes, and apply Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to finish.

Told you it was easy. Now, go get your artsy on with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON. Lichtenstein would be proud.


Don’t sit on the bench this summer. Get in the game with the sporty chic trend without a wardrobe overhaul—just update your nails! Here are our three simple steps to a winning look.


1. Choose two sporty colors (e.g., gray and yellow or white and blue) and apply two coats of the base color to the entire nail.
2. Wait for it to dry, and then, in one swift motion, layer the top stripe down the center of the nail. (Tip: Use tape on your nails for an extra-straight stripe.)
3. Add a top coat for a longer-lasting mani.


Essie Polish in ‘Power Clutch’ | buttter LONDON in ‘Jasper’ | JINsoon Topcoat

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It’s Weddings Week here on the Nordstrom blogs! We’ll be getting you all prepped for the big day—whether you’re in the wedding or attending as a best-dressed guest.

First up, something simple and easy to overlook in all the planning: a bride’s nails! Everyone’s been asking to see that ring already, but on the wedding day, it’s serious showtime. Our Flagship Spa Nordstrom manager, Constance McCarty, and her team of manicurists shared these tips and trends for wedding-worthy hands.


Constance recommends that the bride starts prepping nails one month ahead of time. Come in for a natural manicure, and then come back two weeks prior to the wedding to do a test run of any nail art or embellishment the bride would like for her wedding day; this can always be removed if she’d like to make it a surprise for the wedding. Lastly, the bride and her bridal party should visit once more 1 to 2 days prior to the event for final application.

We’ve also put together a handful of our favorite nail trends that translate beautifully into making a bride’s big day even more special.

Image via Venus Loves Virgo

Bling Finger. This is great for young brides, and the ornate designs complement an indoor church setting nicely. Jeweled, studded and textured nails add perfect drama to the look. For a version that’s easier to maintain, try a simple coat of glitter or a nude color on all nails with a wedding color on your ring finger.

Image via Nature Nails

White Lace Detail. This is perfect for a more modern bride planning an elegant, classic wedding. The details look great for photos and fit all nail shapes and sizes.

Colorful Texture. The Nordstrom Ciate Caviar Collection is ideal for the bachelorette party, bridal shower, any post-event parties or for a surprising, colorful touch on the wedding day.

Reverse French Manicure. This classic look is popular among brides. It’s a clean, chic style that is also easy to maintain. Get the look with Essie colors.

Image via: The Prepster Diaries

Gold Glitter. Adding glitter is perfect for a playful bride who wants to feel glamorous. The glitter will give you that extra sparkle in wedding photos.


Nails are grabbing the spotlight for fall 2013 in a big way. We heard numerous times backstage that a designer had specifically requested certain colors to complement their look–especially since they view nail color as the must-have accessory for everyone. Other key buzzwords we were hearing backstage: matte, textured, elongated, almond shape and edgy.

Let’s break down the three uber trends we saw backstage.

Essie for Carolina Herrera

Nude: If you’re more classic with a taste for short nails, take a traditional approach by rounding out the nail and polishing it off with a nude color (this trend is a continuation from the spring runway).

JINsoon ‘Auspicious’ for Vera Wang

Dark & Matte: We saw dark shades of black and vampy red tones. The texture for this trend is key–the matte finish adds an unexpected element.

Deborah Lippmann ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ for Cynthia Rowley with Matte Topcoat

Long & Pointy: Channel your inner femme fatale with this longer, pointier nail trend.

Debora Lippmann black nails and pyramid studs for Kate Spade.

The shape can be either almond (more rounded point), stiletto (long narrow point) or talon (resembling a claw). The reason for the change in nail length? Simply put, it slims the fingers and gives the hand a personality that is at once sophisticated and vampy.

Deborah Lippmann ‘Satin Red Boxers’ (available fall 2013) for Badgley Mischka

Whether you are sporting nude, dark, matte finished or pointed nail, the long and short of it is: nail color is the accessory no hand should be left without.