For the last few years, one of the “newest trends” continues to be dark or black nail polish. When you flip through the pages of any glossy gossip magazine, you’re bound to see Hollywood girls from troubled starlets to pop stars flashing fingers tipped with edgy dark polish.
One piece of good news is that dark doesn’t have to mean black. While black can create quite a statement, it’s not for everyone. There are many lovely shades of navy, dark purple, deep burgundy, even chocolate brown, which can work to give you a hot, sexy manicure. Follow these tips, and you’ll be easily riding this trend in next to no time. Not quite ready for dark fingernails? That’s fine! Try these tips during your next pedicure to have something different peeking out of your summer sandals.
One thing you’ll want to make sure of before you try out dark nail polish is that your nails are short and neat. You’re going for edgy, not dragon lady. Give yourself a manicure, trimming and filing your nails to a good short length. Take care of your cuticles, too–I like putting on some Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream or Manicure’s Best friend by bliss. Make sure you wash your hands before applying your polishes, to remove any cream residue that might keep your manicure from lasting.
You’ll want to apply a good base coat before you start, as well. Dark nail polish can stain or discolor your nails, so it’s a good idea even if you don’t normally use base coat. A good ridge-filling base coat (like Seche Base) or strengthening base coat (like Sally Hansen Hard As Nails) does double-duty here.
Picking your dark color should be the hardest part of this–there are so many from which to choose! Many brands these days carry dark colors, and you can find them to fit any budget. Some good ones to check out are Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sally Hansen, OPI, Sephora brand, MAC, and Chanel. This is definitely something you want to shop for in person; colors online are never what they seem, and you could think you’re ordering a dark berry just to end up with a hot pink! Colors may dry darker or lighter than they appear in the bottle, as well, so if there are testers, it can be a good idea to try a spot out on your thumbnail before buying.
Make sure to apply at least two coats of your dark polish, as many dark polishes can be thin, and streaks are pretty obvious when you’re using a dark color. If you make a mistake, dip a cotton swab in some nail polish remover and carefully clean it up. Once your two coats are dry, apply a good top coat, too. Like streaks, chips in dark nail polish are obvious.
Well, there you go! At this point, you should have a dark, lovely manicure, and be a part of one of the coolest trends of the last several years.