Eye-dilating digits ruled on the Spring/Summer 2010 runways of Zac Posen, Rag & Bone, Jean Paul Gaultier, and L.A.M.B. And hot young stars like Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and Miley Cyrus have all gone neon with nails painted in brightly colored shades of pink, yellow, and blue.
"The greatest thing about neon nails is that they don't have to be matchy-matchy!" says celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees, who lacquers up the nails of celebs including RiRi, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. "They make a statement all on their own."
The boldness behind this nail trend is a huge part of its popularity.
"I personally like it when an outfit is void of other bright hues, like Katy's dress on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards," says Kyees. "It was silver and the nails were bright yellow. She went a step further and had blue hair which looked rad with the nails!"
If you're keeping it cool in all white, you can add a pop of color to your ensemble with neon nail polish. And the vibrant shade is an instant conversation starter when paired with no makeup-makeup and sleek strands.
Read on for Kyees' simple beauty tips on how to wear neon nails.
When wearing brightly colored polish, it's best to keep your nails short or in a "squoval" -- a little square, a little oval. But the shape is best determined by looking at the length of the nail bed, nail plate, and overall condition advises Kyees. "The pointy nail has become super popular. It's growing on me," she says, "and looks great in the neon shades as well!"
If there's one thing the beauty team at StyleList knows about nails, we know that a perfectly polished manicure begins with a base coat. After providing your digits with a good foundation for the polish to adhere to, Kyees recommends smoothing on a coat of white polish. "I like Orly White Out, OPI Alpine Snow or China Glaze White on White. This will make your neon shade look more vibrant than ever before. I won't use a neon without a white coat of polish!"
Embrace The Rainbow
Before you make a mad dash to your nearest drug or beauty supply store to stock up on neon nail polish, take into consideration your complexion.
For lighter skin tones, Kyees suggests green and purple shades. And for darker skin tones, orange and pink. "You have to be careful if you have more red or yellow tones in your skin as some shades don't look as good."
So what neon nail brands should you look out for? Kyees recommends China Glaze's latest neon line, Poolside, Orly's Plastix collection for its shine twist on matte, and Zoya Sparkle for girls who like glitter with its headache-free removal.
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