How to brighten up your look with nail polish

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How to brighten up your look with nail polish

Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Natalie Smith

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Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Use different bright colors, sparkles, and nail strips to get the look that you want for your nails. Credit: Aysen Tan/The Foothill Dragon Press

Tired of the same old plain and boring nail polish? Here are a few different products you can try to find that perfect, attention-grabbing look.

Although plain nail polish compliments certain outfits, there are times when more adventurous and outgoing nail polish might look better.

Sparkles are a great way to grab attention and go outside the box with your nail polish. It’s easy to vary your amount of sparkle if you don’t want it to be too flashy. You can use a light top coat of sparkles on its own, or paint it over a solid base coat for a lighter, more subtle vibe. If you want to maximize your sparkle, you can use a thicker sparkle nail polish. Sparkle nail polish compliments and completes any girly outfit, such as a summery dress. Essie has a great variety of sparkles.

 

If you’re going for a sleeker, edgier look, then a crackle overcoat is the way to go. Applying crackle overcoats is a multiple step process, and takes a little more time than simpler nail effects, but it can complete a certain sleeker, darker look. Crackle overcoat does exactly what its name suggests: it gives off a “cracked” or “distressed” appearance to your nail polish. Crackle overcoats need to be painted over a base coat to work. While it’s a little harder to apply this look, the unique result is worth the effort. Crackle overcoat, especially in black, would go best with darker colors. Crackle overcoat by Sally Hansen comes in several different colors, and is a well-known and trustworthy product.

Another way to make your nails pop is by combining a base coat with a shimmer top coat, or marbling your nails, which resembles a stained glass or galaxy look. Using this technique sparingly would result in a very subtle, moon-like shimmer, or you can layer it on thicker, which brightens up the whole nail and draws attention to your hands. Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy is a great two-in-one nail pen that has a base coat polish and a shimmer top coat in one pen.  The Revlon space-inspired polish would be compliment pastels and solid colors and your nails will look out of this world.

Nail strips are a quick and easy way to get a professional looking manicure. Like stickers for your nails, these strips don’t chip, which allows a clean and finished looking nail. However, sometimes the strips peel off easily if a corner is left peeking up. Nail strips are a great choice if you want interesting, intricate nail art but aren’t so good at applying it yourself. Nail strips can essentially go with any outfit depending on the design. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Strips feature several different designs, and tend to last longer than other brands. 

All of these nail polish options offer different looks and compliment various outfits. You’re sure to find one that will complete your ensemble.

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