October 29, 2007

Bold Nail Varnish

Having been a devotee of the pale pink/whitish nail varnish for most of my nail varnish wearing life (seriously, I have about 5 bottles of pale pink varnish in slightly different shades), recently I've finally jumped onto the bandwagon of bold (darker) colored nail varnish. I am not exactly sure what go me into it....perhaps its because everyone on TV has it and since I watch so much TV it has subconsciously filtered into me and displaced my initial notion that bold nail colors look old and trashy. About time too! I think the trick is to keep nails short and rounded. Long and sharp...now that is trashy.

My first bold color obsession: red. Bright red. Mine is a similar color to this, An Affair in Red Square, from OPI, except mine is called Fishnet Stockings from Essi. I just couldn't find the Essi website. But yes, I randomly bought the bottle and tried it on and I LOVED it. Its just so SHARP and cool! I actually spent a few minutes in the mirror checking out my new nail color afterwards! :)
The next color I wanted to try was Purple. But not electric purple. And not reddish purple. Cause then it'll just look too purple. It was a tough choice, but in the end I settled on this Russian Navy, from OPI, which has a bluish, purplish tinge. This one actually took me a while to get used to (I think I'm still trying to get used to it), but I think once winter comes on full force, it'll fit my wardrobe perfectly.

Incidentally the whole new OPI Russian Collection fits my recent fall/winter mood perfectly. Dark, rich colors of blue, purple and red. Its fabulous. Although I'm not sure about the texture. Maybe its just me, but I find them not to go on as smoothly as my Essi ones.

And lastly, HOW does everyone apply their dark nail varnishes? I am phenomenally bad at application. So I try not to mess up by just applying one layer (no, I'm seriously bad) and for these bold colors, its not too bad since its already so strong. But I can't help that I accidentally apply over the edges and then it just looks like a little kid coloring and going outside the lines. Also, a lot of times, I get streaks. HOW am I suppose to DO this properly??? Please help!

Image Source: OPI


Blogger Fashion! said...

I have to keep my nails super short to play the guitar so bold polish keeps them looking cute when they're cut way down.

Try keeping a polish remover soaked cutip handy and wipe away the mistakes before they've had a chance to dry.

10/30/2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger victoriaying said...

I think the most difficult part of applying your own nail polish is getting the sides of it without messing up your cuticles. OPI has great nail polish and the brushes are fantastic for applying and avoding this problem. Just make sure that the brush is loaded properly, (not too much that it drips off, but not so little that it doesnt feel nice and full) and apply one stroke down the middle. There should be enough nail polish to have it continue to the edges of your nail without it going over.

Also, one coat might not be enough for the dark polish, I have the dark purple color you posted and one coat makes it look thin and patchy, two is a good amount. A top coat will even out any gaps in multiple layer application.

10/30/2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

It depends on the situation. Stay conservative with your nail polishes choices if you're going for a professional look, but have plenty of fun on weekends ;)

I wore purple nail polish with glitter to a Halloween party the other night and loved it. Even my husband said he liked it. I almost considered wearing it today to class, but it was a bit too much, even for Halloween week. I might deck them out Wednesday, though. Right now they're back to "Vanilla Whimsy" (at least, I think that's what this pale pink is called).

10/30/2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

a tip for nail painting is to do your nails at night. dont pay to much attention to whats going over onto the sides just make sure the part thats on your nail is pretty. then the next morning when your in the shower you can gently scratch at whatever polish ended up on your hand and it comes right off. just be carefull not to accidentaly scratch hard on whats on your nail or else that will scuff

10/30/2007 4:54 PM  
Blogger miss minnie said...

I love bold nailpolish!
My tips on doing your own nails:
1. don't do your nails before going to bed, i used to do this and ended up with funny scratches on my beautiful polish :(
2. invest in a good quality base coat and top coat. The base coat stops your nails from dark unsightly stains and top coat can be re-applied every few days to keep that lovely sheen
3. paint your nails REALLY slowly. I mean SLOW. and try not to be distracted by tv, music etc. Each nail should receive three brush strokes, one done the middle and two on either side. Don't worry if you get the varnish on the sides of your finger, just let it dry and use a toothpick or thin cotton tip dipped in nail polish remover to take it off after your nails have dried. If you want to try something tricky get the corner of a cardboard and scrape off while varnish is wet.
4. Let your nails dry for about 30mins or more because while it feels dry on the surface, underneath it's still setting. So after 30mins+ you should be good to go!
Have fun..^^

10/30/2007 5:22 PM  
Anonymous alis said...

if i put on my dark nail polish even 2-3 hours before i go to bed, i can still see the texture of my linen on them the next morning! so i suggest applying it at mid-day. also, always put on one coat of neutral or clear nail polish first, this way your nails wont be all red when you try to remove the dark color.
"Try keeping a polish remover soaked cutip handy and wipe away the mistakes before they've had a chance to dry." - as Fashion said, this is a great tip..

10/30/2007 5:26 PM  
Anonymous alis said...

oops didnt see the comment above before posting. i agree with miss minnie's comment 100%.

10/30/2007 5:28 PM  
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10/30/2007 6:02 PM  
Blogger laurwall said...

This may totally be off the subject. But I thought I would share from one girl to another that "Lincoln Park After Dark" and "Midnight in Moscow" are two bold colors. They are the only two colors I wear. Im pretty sure they are OPI. Try them out. Bold colors rock!

10/30/2007 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lincoln park after dark is great-- i wore it all last year. now i really love the blue shades from opi.

10/31/2007 12:11 AM  
Blogger The Clothes Horse said...

I love the Opi nail polish, they really give you a good coat. I am dying to try a dark blue.

10/31/2007 12:30 AM  
Blogger Kassie said...

I love the new Russian collection by OPI. The color you posted is amazing. Another bold red that they carry is "I'm really not a waitress".

I find that when I paint my nails dark it helps to start with a base coat to smooth the nail first. The polish seems to go on smoother.

10/31/2007 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...


Fishnet Stockings

10/31/2007 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been a big one for nail polish, but recently i also bought a dark violet OPI polish and i LOVE IT. it's called siberian night, and i guess it's slightly redder than the one you got. Application can be a bit tricky, but i find the colour is more even if there's more polish on the brush. If u happen to apply outside ur nail, i usually try to clean it up immediately with qtips n a little nail polish remover. but i try to keep a small border between the polish and my cuticle cause somebody told me it's healthier for your nails that way :)

10/31/2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger caitlin said...

I agree with Natalie. If you do them at night, in the morning the hot water will take everything that's on your skin, right off. You just have to rub the skin a little bit. Or if you shower at night just do them a few hours before you shower. It really leaves the nail perfect and isn't as time consuming as going at it with a q-tip. Plus it doesn't smudge the color on the nail. ^^ Just make sure the polish doesn't pool in the crevice between your nail and your skin, otherwise the color on the nail will be partially pulled off as well.

10/31/2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Charmaine said...

I am also a pale pink fanatic with polish. I noticed the short nails with red polish look and loved it. Sort of like the retro fifties or something, so I tried Matadore Red by OPI and have bought a few bottles since because I wear it so much and love it. Its the perfect shade of red!! I also like Lincoln park After Dark as well. It is still hard to get used to, so I've been sticking with red to help me be a little more brave. Application is I guess all in not being rushed and apply a base coat as others have said, especially with dark colors. I like those correction pens that have remover in them and have a sharp tip to "erase" any mishaps.

Have fun


11/01/2007 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to always wear pink polish, but I recently discovered PURPLE nail polish. I now have a purple nail polsh obsession. Dark purple is so bold and fashioney but lilac is perfect if you don't want something so strong. My favorite polish is OPI in Shangri-la-la lilac.

11/01/2007 5:10 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I too am just awful at painting my own nails, so I gave up and get a manicure every week. Yes, it gets expensive, so when I am out of cash I just go a week without. However, I think my nails always look a lot nicer than girls who also aren't skilled but are too stubborn to get them done professionally. My nails cuticles are always trimmed and healthy!

11/01/2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous h said...

i actually have to wear two coats of the dark polishes, otherwise it looks streaky. def a base coat so the dark doesn't stain your nails and a top coat that prevents the color from scratching off onto surfaces and lasting longer. i went into the store to get russian navy but thought it wasn't dark enough for me. i ended up buying a dark dark blue opi color but i don't recall the name right now and can't find it on thier website. i do the paint really slowly, and then go back later with a q-tip soaked in remover and then carefully remove the polish i got on my cuticles and such. whatever is too close to the polish, i rub off in the shower. (so a combo of all the recommendations above). i bought the quick dry top coat from essi but it seems to make the polish peel off =/ otherwise i love essie and opi because they last longer.

11/02/2007 11:08 PM  
Blogger nycstyle said...

i am wearing the purple form the new OPI collection inspired by hollywood and i've already gotten a ton of complements!

11/03/2007 2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love bold colours and have gotten all my friends into it too! my application isn't perfect yet, but make sure you have a lot of polish on the brush to get that smooth finish. i bought a nail polish remover pen from sephora so i can easily take off any excess around the edges.

11/07/2007 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try wicked by essie...it's a really deep, rich "red". looks great on short manicured nails.

11/20/2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger sunnyday said...

paint is itself not smelly but the varnish that is added is and can cause light headiness .sunny

12/15/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I love the dark nail polish looks - at the moment I wear dark purple. I can't apply nailpolish to save my life... I have to get a friend to do it or get a manicure.

2/04/2008 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Jaynie said...

I just managed to kick the nail biting habit, so it's really my first time using nail polish. I'm okay using my right hand, but rubbish with my left. I keep a toilet roll beside me (not to waste cotton pads; loo roll works fine)and just give it a go. I recently watched Dustbin Baby, and April/Dakota Blue Richards' multicoloured nail varnish prompted me to wear red on my thumb and ring finger, yellow on my index finger, green on my middle finger and blue on my little finger. It sounds pretty tacky, but it actually looks pretty cool =]

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