Tomorrow: The Glossier Showroom Hosts Paintbox

Have you stopped by the Glossier Summer Fridays Showroom yet? If not, you're in luck—the best is yet to come.

That best being Paintbox gel manicures, free with your Glossier purchase. Pick from a curated selection of nail designs (mainly Glossier pink, but other options, too) and start the weekend with nails that won't chip, even if you wanted them to. Incentives are a beautiful thing, aren't they?

We'll be here starting at 11am. See you then.

Photo by Nadine Head-Gordon.

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The Minimalist’s Guide To Good Nail Art

According to Madeline Poole, nail art was never not in. But that doesn't mean it didn't appear to take a bit of a hiatus a season or two ago. But as of last February, a new, more sophisticated take on graphic nails are back—so you can imagine Madeline is a happy camper. "I’m glad to see that people are into it again—because I was getting really sick of nude," she said. To celebrate its return, she stopped by the office with friends and bento boxes in tow and did some painting.

Now, before we get ahead of ourselves here, none of this is to say nude nails or minimalist nails are bad ("Everything is a color," Madeline clarifies. "And I like all colors!"), but why limit yourself to one color per manicure—or even one color per nail? Madeline's first look (demonstrated on Kiko Kudo, who brought her delicious Chi-So NYC bento boxes) took advantage of six colors plus some negative space—so your nude is built in there. “I really like a lot of bright colors at once," Madeline said—proving why she's been a Sally Hansen Global Brand Ambassador for a year with no plans of stopping (COTY is a damn fine matchmaker when it comes to partnerships). "With the skin coming through, it makes it a little less oversaturated," Madeline said. Also, file this one as nail art particularly well-suited for short nails. It looks better when there isn't grown-out nail showing in the negative space.

With slightly fewer colors at your disposal—and maybe a larger nail canvas thanks to Madeline's friend Suzette Lee—there's still plenty of room to do something graphic. For the second look, Madeline started by painting the light colors first, followed by a curved section of darker color—that way you don't have worry about the light color looking opaque enough over the darker color. The darker color got larger and larger on each nail giving it a movement your standard picto-nail art certainly doesn't have.

And it's always good to end on a note slightly less practical than the rest—this time with some press-ons purchased in Koreatown and stick-on crystals from Sally Hansen. While the nail can be opaque and minimal, the crystal stuck on the backside gives a little unexpected glitz. Plus it means you can ask other people to open your soda cans for you all week long. What's not fun about that?

All nail looks use Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Dry Fast Nail Colors with 01 Clearly Quick as top coat. Look 1: 422 Plummet, 424 Set Sail, 255 Quick Fire, 421 Cherry Fast, 250 Orange Zest, and 432 Re-teal Therapy. Look 2: 505 Clean Slate, 115 Tickled Pink, and 325 Big Teal. Look 3: 114 In Nude-tral. Photographed by Brayden Olson. This post is in collaboration with Sally Hansen.

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How Do You Pedicure?

I correlate my level of happiness with the shoes I'm wearing at any given moment. When it's rainboots, snowboots—any type of weather related boot, really—I don't feel particularly sunny. Sandals, on the other hand, mean all the obvious things that go along with warmer weather and elevated vitamin D levels. In a word, happiness.

For a while there, though it was officially spring, I was forced to continue with my cold-weather heavy boots. Growing up in year-round tropical weather has spoiled me. There’s never not a time to wear sandals when it’s 80 degrees in December. But living in New York means I'll take what I can get. So I'm just getting around to dusting off my sandals now.

Thing is, since my feet have remained largely unseen for months, I have no pedicure to speak of. This is easily remedied, by a salon or by myself—but I have to wonder, when do pedicures become practical again? At what point in the season do I have to wonder if my toes are readily presentable? (And do they have to be presentable all year 'round?)

Those questions aside, I now treat my pedicures the way I treat shaving my legs—only relevant if someone's going to see it. Which, of course, has it's own set of questions—mainly, what to paint?

Talk to any manicurist and the general consensus is the more fun, the better. That means nail art for toes exists and can look great. Take Madeline Poole's graphic approach:

"I'm really open when it comes to nails and toes, no rules. I do think, however, with toenail art, you should keep it as simple as possible so you can stand living with it. Just a stripe of color on the big toes or maybe alternating colors. And if you don't want to match your fingers and toes, it works best to have the colors be complimentary—not neon yellow and emerald green—more like coral and orange and navy or violet. Colors that have the same depth and vibrancy and look good together as a pair. Then try painting the second nail or the big toe a different color than the rest of them," Madeline said.

Alternatively, there's Deborah Lippmann's approach from this NYFW, when she painted models’ toes at DKNY with neutral polish shades. So many nails; so many options.

And this is where you come in. At the expense of sounding like your out-of-touch aunt, I want to know what colors you prefer on your toes. Neutral, colorful, complimentary? What if your toes are really tiny? The real questions—would you be opposed to wearing stick-on toenails? Crazy as they seem, it's a pretty great idea for the lazy and actually secretly kind of loved. Sound off below. This little piggy wants to know.

—Claudia Marina

Photo via Madeline Poole. For more Open Thread discussions, click here.

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Are French Tips Cool Again?

The first time I ever got my nails professionally painted was the Thursday before my Bat Mitzvah. I went with the obvious option: a French manicure. I was 13 and it was easily the most glamorous decision I'd ever made. From then on out, when my mother's good graces allowed for me to have my nails done, French tips were happening. End of story.

That was until (you knew this story was going to take a turn somewhere) I read something snarky in a British magazine while waiting in Heathrow for a plane. It said something along the lines of "No chic French women ever wear their nails with a French manicure," insinuating that it was not only a misnomer, but inherently un-chic to do so. Being (still) young and impressionable, I took the magazine at its very judgmental word and relegated myself to the world of pale polishes. Demure, clean, not exciting at all. My notion of grown-up nails changed from that day on.

But there's another twist in my story. Leave it to Anna Speckhart, hot roller evangelist and generally cool person, to shift my long-held notions of beauty and elegance. She told us last time she was in the office: "I just got a manicure. I’d love to rock a french tip or a full acrylic, which is not ideal! I’m afraid to break it off as it looks like it would hurt so bad. But, I will tell you, there is nostalgia there...getting French tips was like a big treat when I got my nails done in high school or whatever. In New York you can get them done anywhere, but we didn’t have a nail salon in my town—well, we do now but we didn’t! It’s only $8 in New York! It’s convenient here."

So there you have it. French tips: cool again? Classy even? Help me make up my mind once and for all.

—Emily Ferber

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Are French Tips Cool Again?

The first time I ever got my nails professionally painted was the Thursday before my Bat Mitzvah. I went with the obvious option: a French manicure. I was 13 and it was easily the most glamorous decision I'd ever made. From then on out, when my mother's good graces allowed for me to have my nails done, French tips were happening. End of story.

That was until (you knew this story was going to take a turn somewhere) I read something snarky in a British magazine while waiting in Heathrow for a plane. It said something along the lines of "No chic French women ever wear their nails with a French manicure," insinuating that it was not only a misnomer, but inherently un-chic to do so. Being (still) young and impressionable, I took the magazine at its very judgmental word and relegated myself to the world of pale polishes. Demure, clean, not exciting at all. My notion of grown-up nails changed from that day on.

But there's another twist in my story. Leave it to Anna Speckhart, hot roller evangelist and generally cool person, to shift my long-held notions of beauty and elegance. She told us last time she was in the office: "I just got a manicure. I’d love to rock a french tip or a full acrylic, which is not ideal! I’m afraid to break it off as it looks like it would hurt so bad. But, I will tell you, there is nostalgia there...getting French tips was like a big treat when I got my nails done in high school or whatever. In New York you can get them done anywhere, but we didn’t have a nail salon in my town—well, we do now but we didn’t! It’s only $8 in New York! It’s convenient here."

So there you have it. French tips: cool again? Classy even? Help me make up my mind once and for all.

—Emily Ferber

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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