This week the nail rivalry resumed with a new round of competitors: Thao Dang, China Washington and Temeka Jackson. The show began with a Quick Dry Challenge where each competitor had to create a set of wearable nails that could go from day to night. With the rise of nail art, finding work appropriate nails that also showcase the wearer’s style is often a challenge—but it’s not impossible. Incorporate some of these ideas into your next manicure to take your nails from day job to night on the town.
Have fun with color. Keep nails “work safe” by playing with color. Short nails in a bold hue—think navy, eggplant or gray—make for a fun take on a traditional manicure.
Add some glitter. A little bling is all you need to take a manicure from day to night. Try incorporating some glitter either with an accent nail, a shimmery take on a moon or French manicure or something more brilliant like a multi-color glitter fade.
Spice it up with studs. Take a cue from some of last night’s contestants’ work and add a few 3-D embellishments, like studs, rhinestones or charms. For example, challenge-winner Temeka tastefully dotted neutral polished nails with rhinestones for a sophisticated look without being over the top.
Look like Louboutins. For those who have a super-conservative work environment that simply won’t allow anything beyond a standard manicure, try a Louboutin nail. Just like the shoe, the classic style in this nail design is punched up with a secret wash of red: polish the underside of a neutral set of nails with rich red lacquer.
And let’s not forget the adorably delectable sweet-theme 3-D Challenge. Here, each contestant was tasked with creating a set of dessert-filled tips using acrylic (a medium where liquid monomer and powder polymer are combined to create a pliable substance that can be molded into three-dimensional shapes). However, the ladies were thrown a twist when, two hours into the challenge, they were asked to switch nails and complete the work of one of their opponents. Ultimately, Thao took home first place thanks to her intricate details and consistent theme.
If 3-D ice cream cones are too much for your day-to-day wear, you can still sport sweet tips with simpler candy designs. Check out this how-to for one of our favorites: Candy Button Nails!
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