Beauty Bite: Three Party-Ready Nail Art Styles and Techniques

Three new looks and nail art techniques to help you kick off 2014 with sparkle, shine and graphic style.


It’s 2014! Now that all the holiday parties are behind us it’s time to dress, primp and polish our way into the New Year—starting small, with the nails. Polish can really make a statement and while special effect kits, nail wraps and artificial tips are everywhere, we want to make getting a unique look easy. Besides, with all our resolutions to get started on, who has time to play with tweezers, tape and rhinestones?\

Gold, silver and glitter leaf

Mariah Carey has released another fab polish with OPI and this time it’s super luxe and perfect for starting off 2014. Mariah Carey by OPI Pure 18k White Gold and Silver Leaf Top Coats are shimmery pieces of real gold and silver leaf floating in a clear topcoat. Layer over rich holiday colours, tone-on-tone metallics or even bare nails for a gilded look.

The Pull: Mariah Carey by OPI Pure 18k White Gold and Silver Leaf Top Coats, $37.50 at professional salons and spas.

mariah carey opi

Formula X for Sephora has a similar but more affordable product with its Transformers Hyperactive Topcoat. Described as chunky opalescent glitter, this polish goes on the same way as Mariah’s but with a glittery as opposed to metallic look.

The Pull: Formula X for Sephora Transformers Topcoat in Hyperactive, $15,

formula x for sephora 

Nail—and cuticle—tattoos

Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before: cuticle tattoos. These tiny fake tattoos extend your manicure beyond your nails and onto your fingers. Who needs rings?

The Pull: Your Point cuticle tattoos, $6,

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A company called Big Ruby also makes tattoos but specifically for applying to your actual nails. These Henna art-inspired transfers would look lovely over metallic polish.

The Pull: Big Ruby nail tattoos Henna, $12,

Henna nail tattoos

The truth of the matter is that you don’t need to buy temporary tattoos specifically for nails. You can pretty much turn any transfer into nail art. Just cut the design into nail-sized pieces. From kids’ super hero designs to these tiny tats from cute company tattly, the options are pretty much endless.

The Pull: Tattly Little Marks, $5,

tattly tattoos

Sharpie Art

zooey deschanel tux

Don’t struggle with teeny weeny nail art brushes. Stick with white backgrounds and graphic designs or add metallic motifs atop just about any colour with fine point Sharpies!

Zooey Deschanel’s tuxedo nails would be a breeze or take a little more time and try Katy Perry’s Roar-worthy leopard print. Remember to use the water-based (not oil) pens and just add a topcoat when you’re done. If you mess up, the Sharpie comes off with rubbing alcohol without damaging your base coat!

The Pull: Set of three metallic Sharpie markers, $5.99,

katy perry nails