Gold MINX NailsAs a nail lacquer lover, I've been counting down the days to the arrival of spring to debut brightly colored fingertips.

But I refuse to endure another season of swapping out the same shades of red, pink and orange. BORING! In desperate need of a mani upgrade, I decided to get MINX'd. After reading about the mirror-like applique manicures -- which are a favorite among celebrities and socialites -- in Vogue, I decided I. Had.To. Have.It.

Luckily, New York writer, Huge Lips, Skinny Hips-creator, and soon-to-be-Stylelist blogger Karen Robinovitz was organizing a MINX'd nail party at her West Village apartment. There, I got the full scoop from nail extraordinaire Honey: MINX creator Janice Jordan grew frustrated with constantly chipped nails and developed a formula that's inspired by NASCAR decal technology. These metallic, film appliques give nails a sleek, mirror-finish -- sure to zoom pass French tips as the most requested look. And celebs like Blake Lively, Zoe Kravitz, and Beyonce (who flashed 'Gold Lightning' in her "Single Ladies" video) are riding this new wave in nail trends.



MINX Appliques
The line includes a variety of patterns and colors like leopard print, camouflage, fishnet, silver, purple, and even custom photos (like President Barack Obama, which I totally got on my thumb!) -- making it the ultimate spring accessory. Free of hazardous chemicals, it peels back from the edge of the nail instead of chipping, and last 1-2 weeks (longer than the average manicure).

MINX Process

The MINX process is really quick, but a basic manicure is done first to ensure that the nail bed is smooth. Individual films are matched to each finger, then heated using a special salon lamp, and melted onto the nail. To eliminate the appearance of bubbles, pressure is applied to the top of the applique and stretched out towards the tip. Technicians use a special glass file to flatten the decal down so that it doesn't rip.

To find out where you can get MINX'd ($40-$60) this spring, visit minxnails.com.



Nail Art Trends

    By Melissa Goldberg

    Tired of your standby mani? Need a break from Ballet Slipper pink? StyleList presents the newest summer trends in nail art inspired by everything from lingerie to your local hardware store! We spotted cool Pop-Art, feathers and lace, and even chains!

    Shiori Nishi

    Boudoir

    New York Jewelry artist Fumic who calls herself a "nailist" uses bright pinks and purples for an unabashedly feminine look. If those colors aren't girly enough for you, her feather-boa look may be just your style.

    Shiori Nishi

    Boudoir

    Fumic experiments with black lace to create a sensual mood. Raid your local craft shop or fabric stores for remnants to recreate fun and inexpensive embellishments in your own masterpiece.

    Shiori Nishi

    Bedazzled Chain Gang

    Fumic creates another jaw-dropping look with this pretty-meets-gritty addition of pierced and chain-like embellishments. The beauty of her work is how each nail is completely unique.

    Shiori Nishi

    Bedazzled Chain Gang

    Nailist Fumic says contrast is what draws you to her art: the silver polish and white tips are a stunning background to the gold sequins and chain.

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    Bedazzled Chain Gang

    If you're clueless about where to start, Fumic says gold is a favorite base for her three-dimensional nail art.

    Shiori Nishi

    The New French Mani

    Gone is the perfectly painted classic French manicure. Show off your individuality by using a deeper color on your tips, and try painting a different design on one of nail of each hand like they did at a recent Baby Phat fashion show (left).

    Photo Courtesy of CND

    The New French Mani

    The black Goth nail polish of the past has been reborn as as the go-to French tip color for this season.

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    The New French Mani

    Dress-up a classic French with a line of gold glitter and crystals for a more subtle yet stunning nail art variation.

    Photo Courtesy of Kiss

    The New French Mani

    Nail artist and owner Patricia Amato of Ohio's Glitz & Glamour salon created this splashy standout mani that looks inspired by summer's brightest polka dot swimsuits.