Isn’t it time we paid some well deserved attention to our woe-fully under attended to digits? Bikini season is likely to have inspired a lot of outdoor (and indoor gym) activity, but that’s no reason to skip trying out summer’s trendiest new nail polish hues. Say so long to yesterday’s pastel craze and swipe on something flashier – think a bold purple, grass green or sunshine yellow – or stick with something to accompany the current make-up free runway look. Or mix it up with a sparkly or matte top coat for a little extra flash. There’s no need for intricate nail art when the trendiest nail colors and textures do just fine when it comes to garnering attention. Here are our favorites!
Barely hued neutrals: Once dominated by ballet-slipper pink, neutral nail polish has come a long way. This summer’s best barely there looks are so devoid of color that they’re nearly white.
Neon nail polish: Whether you splash on hot pink, go-light green or cautionary yellow, neon polish is a great way to add a flash of fun to your summer staples.
Purple polish: On the heels of Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, we’re hardly surprised that purple nail polishes — both sparkly and flat — are painted onto the hands of the style set.
Textured top coat: Whether matte is your thing, or razzle-dazzle sparkle, turn the tables on any manicure with a simple swipe of a texturized topcoat.
Teal polish: Straight out of your best beach fantasy, teal polishes are the height of haute this summer.
When it comes to following the latest and greatest fashion-forward beauty trend, we’re willing to go pretty far to give it a try. But would we doing something illegal?
Okay. Not exactly illegal. Just not… um… legal. Confused? We were too, when, last week it was revealed that neon nail polish—one of the season’s biggest trends—was actually illegal in the U.S. But before you go hiding your stash… let’s get to the bottom of this one.
According to co-founder and creative director of CND Colours, Jan Arnold, “Neon polish is actually illegal to produce in the US, so if you see a neon shade in the store, it’s imported.” Okay, so they just can’t make it here in the states. Britain’s Daily Mail sussed out why. “CND‘s chief scientific advisor, Doug Schoon, explained that neon colourants are not illegal to wear, they have simply never been officially registered with the FDA.”
Schoon went on to say that any polish company that wanted to could go through the costly registration process, but no one seemed to want to go first.
So it seems your electric blue, hot pink, neon yellow and bright orange mani-pedi’s won’t get you thrown into the pokey. Glad that’s settled!read more