Pink Nail Polish Doesn’t Have To Be Precious

You may think you know pink nail polish. You may think you’ve found the perfect one (and stopped looking to see what else was out there), or you may have given up on the genre altogether. Either way, it’s time to reevaluate the state of the shade (anticipating the warmer weather and wedding season). Let’s see what else is out there.

For the most conservative among us (who don’t stray far from clear), there’s Essie’s sheers, mostly to give shine—you’d have to layer for color. Consider it a gateway polish—and of course, you’re familiar with the tried-and-true formal and nuptial standbys: those bubblegum and princess shades of opaque OPI polish. Your prom-night manicure choice wasn’t dated—it was classic.

But don’t think you’re limited strictly to shades whose names reference ballerinas and duchesses (lovely as those people are). Pink has Mariah Carey-level range. You can get as bold as you like with corals, raspberries, and the in-between pinky-mauves. Yes, mauve. The '90s staple is back (even though arguably it never left, if the perennial popularity of Essie’s BBF Best Boyfriend is any indication) and more wearable and ladylike than ever in Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in No. 402 Hydrangea Pink. If you’re feeling the nostalgia factor, try a little opalescence found in Topshop Nails in Sweet and Elite.

And for the thoroughly modern pink-wearer, neon. Don’t think it’s unwearable just because it might glow in the dark. Any bright color can be made non-rave appropriate by overlaying a matte top coat overtop. Overpowering color becomes your new power color. Playfully feminine, yet forcefully present. That’s the power of pink.

Nail Polish in order of appearance: Top Shop Nails in Sweet and Elite, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 178 All Bright, Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in 575 Starlet, OPI Nail Lacquer in Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer in Bouganville 233, Smith & Cult in City of Compton, Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in No. 402 Hydrangea Pink, China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Feel The Breeze, Essie Winter 2014 Nail Color in Back In The Limo, Face Stockholm Nail Enamel in 39 Flamingo, Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Corrupted Coral, Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Crème in Sexyback

Nails by Julie Kandalec (Paintbox). Photographed by Tom Newton.

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The 7-Day Manicure, Thanks To Rejuvacote

Over the weekend I ordered my second bottle of Duri Rejuvacote nail strengthener, recommended by my friend, the manicurist and Taylor Swift-approved female rapper. “It’s the best,” was all that she said. I’d dragged her to a licensed technician-only beauty supply shop in Queens so that I could buy bedroom essentials like an acrylic nail polish wall display and a wax warmer. I figured I’d make the most of our trip and dropped the extra $8.

She was right: Rejuvacote is the best. But not just as a nail strengthener, it’s the best base coat I’ve used—ever. Pair with a trusty layer of Seche Vite topcoat, and nail polish will last seven days on my fingers without chipping or peeling. SEVEN DAYS. Just be sure to not set it up for failure by lotioning or oiling up your bare nails before applying. They should be totally clean and dry. For my toes, we’re talking more like weeks—my nails grow faster than the polish wears off. Seriously, you’ll get bored of the color before it starts jumping ship, making a second bottle of Rejuvacote the one thing I bought this week. Though this time, I ordered the 3-free Rejuvacote 2 (on eBay)—we'll see if the magic's still there without the formaldehyde.

—Annie Kreighbaum

For more on my spending habits, read the rest of The One Thing series here

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The 7-Day Manicure, Thanks To Rejuvacote

Over the weekend I ordered my second bottle of Duri Rejuvacote nail strengthener, recommended by my friend, the manicurist and Taylor Swift-approved female rapper. “It’s the best,” was all that she said. I’d dragged her to a licensed technician-only beauty supply shop in Queens so that I could buy bedroom essentials like an acrylic nail polish wall display and a wax warmer. I figured I’d make the most of our trip and dropped the extra $8.

She was right: Rejuvacote is the best. But not just as a nail strengthener, it’s the best base coat I’ve used—ever. Pair with a trusty layer of Seche Vite topcoat, and nail polish will last seven days on my fingers without chipping or peeling. SEVEN DAYS. Just be sure to not set it up for failure by lotioning or oiling up your bare nails before applying. They should be totally clean and dry. For my toes, we’re talking more like weeks—my nails grow faster than the polish wears off. Seriously, you’ll get bored of the color before it starts jumping ship, making a second bottle of Rejuvacote the one thing I bought this week. Though this time, I ordered the 3-free Rejuvacote 2 (on eBay)—we'll see if the magic's still there without the formaldehyde.

—Annie Kreighbaum

For more on my spending habits, read the rest of The One Thing series here

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No-Polish Nail Polish

Here we are, nestled squarely in the well-documented and much-loved era of no-makeup makeup, wherein pretty much everyone except Dita Von Teese acts like they haven't seen a magnifying mirror in the past six months. Sometimes, even when you mean to, it’s difficult to be honest about how much makeup you’re wearing. Can you really say you’re barefaced if you’re wearing BB cream? Can you claim you’re not wearing mascara and neglect to mention your eyelash tint? I’ve come to live under a general rule that, conversationally, you’re allowed to say you’re “not wearing makeup” if you’re wearing tint, concealer, mascara, balm, and powder. So, basically, just not color.

In this paradigm, there’s also no-makeup makeup for your nails—everything but color—namely cuticle remover, cuticle oil, nail primer, base coat, and top coat, brilliantly conceived and formulated by that best friend you haven’t met yet, Deborah Lippmann. And if you’re like me—part of the Collect-All-Five generation—you’ll appreciate that the set can be bought in installments.

The merits of the Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil I’ve lauded elsewhere. The 2 Second Nail Primer is the chemical lynchpin here—prepping, rinsing, scouring, and filling the nail all in two seconds. It does that invisible work that you think you can live without until you see how good the result is. The work you can see is done by the Fast Girls Base Coat. Need I even mention how laughably superfluous I used to think this was? “Scoff” is the word—I’ve scoffed. Not only did I think it was unnecessary altogether—let’s just slather on that glitter!—but I also couldn’t imagine a difference between this and the 99 cent Wet 'n Wild offering. How wrong I was.

The subtlety of shine and thinness of the formula is what really makes DL’s base coat a no-makeup makeup product, just like a good tinted moisturizer. It’s healing and filling enough to even out your nails, but thin enough so you can still see your natural ridges and nail texture. Honestly, you could believe that you had buffed, (actually) bare nails. That’s the smooth, toned-down radiance you get—not that thick, glue-like 99 cent clear polish that globs on like melted plastic. Add the Addicted to Speed Top Coat, and this healthy shine is staying around all week.

Of course, I can’t be sure yet that my own set is complete. Maybe I’ll finally acquire The Cure, Lippmann's super award-winning cuticle cream and start proselytizing about a nail makeup sextet. But for now, I’m doing these five steps. My whole routine takes about eight minutes—longer than necessary because I like to include a little nail bed massage with the Cuticle Oil. But this stuff dries super-fast. I don’t mean the kind where you think it’s dry but when you wake up you’ve got little ridge marks from your sheets imprinted on your nails. I mean that in 10 minutes you could be taking boxing class, assured your nails are solid.

And on top of it all, these bottles are a thing of beauty. No need to stash these away under the sink in that free beauty bag you got with-purchase in high school that houses the rest of your crusted, half-empty polishes. Leave these out on a mantle, jewel tones sparkling in the sunlight.

—Trace Barnhill

Photos by Tom Newton. Read more Nails here.

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Paloma Elsesser, Writer & Waitress

"I moved to New York for school right after I turned 18, but I started getting into trouble—so I went home to LA to regroup. I moved back two years ago and now I’m in school again at The New School studying Psychology and Lit. One day I want to go back to California though, to get my Master’s.

ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I get recognized a lot in New York now, probably from Instagram. I have about 15,000 followers, but I feel like Instagram fame is on a street level. People work so hard to create this brand for themselves—you’ll see a girl who’s like ‘I’m an exercise freak!’ Or ‘I make smoothies!’ It gets frustrating because to be cohesive on social media like that, you can’t show all facets of your personality.

I have an ‘Ask’ box on my Tumblr and get a lot of messages from teenage girls who say things like, ‘I have big legs, I always thought I was fat and I see you now and it makes me feel confident,’ or ‘I never wore crop tops until I saw you wear one!’ They’re like me—a little tomboy-ish and into hip-hop, but from all walks of life. A lot of young Latina girls feel alienated, or like they don’t fit into a certain category or the societal flow of how things are supposed to be. But that’s not reality!

SKINCARE
My version of makeup is a really intense skin regimen. I just think it’s a healthier way to look at beauty. I have the Clarisonic and I probably over-exfoliate—I’ll use it two or three times a week with the Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant. For a normal face wash, I use a Kiehl’s cleanser. I’m also big on toner and I swear by the Dermatologica one. The moisturizers I have are the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, which is super gentle, and the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream.

I like looking wet, sweaty, dewy, fresh. I'll put Rosebud Salve on my eyelids or my cheeks because I really don't like looking matte—I even keep a rosewater spray in my purse. There’s the Mario Badescu one, and now I have the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, which is pretty much everything in the world to me. It’s really nice—it sets up your makeup and I love how you just spray it and instantly glow.

HAIR
I get my hair blown out at this Dominican spot, Yany’s on Rivington—it’s the best. They always call me la gringa because I don’t speak Spanish the way they do. When it’s been a few days and my hair gets dirty, I’ll use this amazing thing called The Wand on it. It looks like a hot plug-in dildo that you wrap your hair around. My hair can be completely filthy, I’ll use The Wand, then spray it with Oribe Impérmeable Anti-Humidity  Spray and it’s like I just had my hair redone! But I’ll also use cheaper products like Frizz-Ease and stuff. I’m a champagne taste-beer budget kind of girl.

NAILS
My nails are still acrylic—you know the phase everyone went through at 15 that was all about the fake nails? That just stuck with me. I know they’re terrible for you, but I’ve had them for so long and I can’t stop. And your nail person is someone you become very loyal to—I only go to my girl Jennifer who I call ‘Jenny from the block’ at this little place on Clinton Street. She never gets mad at me for being a stickler about the shape or whatever. I bring my own nail polish and play around with different shades to get that perfect natural. Angel Food by Essie is good.

MAKEUP
Wearing too much makeup definitely makes my skin worse. When I was younger, I hated my freckles because I thought they looked like acne, so I used too much makeup to try and cover them up. Then it'd turn into this whole cyclical terror of getting a pimple, covering it up, which would make it worse, so you start picking at it. Now I use a lot less of it—especially foundation and concealor. But I still I love wearing matte lipstick all the time. MAC Ruby Woo for life! It’s such a good shade that I’ll even wear it in the morning.

When I wear mascara, I use three different ones—Maybelline Falsies, for getting them fluffed up, then YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils, it has a spiral brush and can really get the corners of your eyelashes, then a random plastic comb drugstore mascara to coat and separate my lower lashes. I’m a little crazy, I’ll admit.

When people tell me they do their brows themselves, I just don’t understand. How do they get them so clean?! I have to get mine threaded because I’m so bad with tweezers. I use a MAC Angle brush with powder to fill them in a little every day. I don’t like them with liner, it’s too harsh…I did go through a phase when I was really into like the chola-look. I wanted my eyebrows big looking, which is a whole different thing. Now my look is more about balance—it’s not necessarily natural, but it’s not excessive anymore. Truthfully I don’t mind myself without makeup at all. I just wear it because it’s fun."

—as told to ITG

Paloma Elsesser photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on July 25, 2014.