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  • Proof That Green Is The Perfect Transitional Nail Color

    Of all the nail-polish bottles to chose from, shades of green are likely to be low on your list — but that might be changing soon. We're two weeks into March, and we've already seen a steady influx of muted shades of pistachio, emerald, and chartreuse in the form of trendy cookwear and Katie Holmes' Dickie's overalls. That means it's just a matter of time before green makes its way into trending manicures."Greens are alway in for spring," says editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein. "I've been using a bright, almost pistachio green a lot because it's fresh and unexpected. I also love a deep moss that almost looks black on the nail — it's a very chic way to wear green."Ahead, we talked to Goldstein and a few other trusted nail pros, who shared their favorite green shades. From earthy grass to pastel mint, scroll through their guide to find your new favorite bottle of green — a fashion-forward investment ahead of St. Patrick's Day. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Suite Eleven Nail Polish in NY Who?A blend of khaki and army green, this Suite Eleven polish is most neutral way to add a green to your collection. Toss it in as a refresh between your steady rotation of barely-discernible nude manicures.Suite Eleven NY Who?, $, available at Suite ElevenPear Nova Nail Polish in One Piece WonderOn the other end of the spectrum, neon chartreuse is like a caffeine hit to bring renewed energy to your manicure (and general vibe).Pear Nova One Piece Wonder, $, available at Pear NovaEssie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness "I've been using this polish a lot," Goldstein tells us of this unexpectedly bright Essie classic. "I think it's fresh and clean; perfect for transitioning seasons."Essie Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness, $, available at EssieJ.Hannah Nail Polish in EamesNYC fashion girls are obsessed with jewelry brand J.Hannah's gold signet rings, especially when styled with the brand's similarly chic collection of nail polish. This mossy-green shade is J.Hannah's most popular lacquer for good reasons: As nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us, "It's the most stylish golden-green color I've ever seen in a polish."J.Hannah J. Hannah Eames Polish, $, available at J. HannahOPI Nail Polish in Things I’ve Seen in Aber-greenThis earthy green shade from OPI's fall collection screams upstate chic.OPI Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, $, available at OPIChanel Nail Polish in Fiction If you're looking for a deep, rich green, Chanel's Fiction is an easy pick. "In the seasonal transition, we're loving a deep green, borderline-black manicure," says Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. "This is one of my personal favorites because the gem-like tones come through, giving the nails an unexpected pop when the light hits your fingers."Chanel LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour in Fiction, $, available at NordstromTenoverten Nail Polish in LibertyTenoverten, one of our favorite clean nail-care brands, is shoppable at Target. Though every single polish is opaque and wearable, this seafoam is one of the most flattering shades, Abramcyk tells us. "Liberty is a green with cool blue undertones, which makes it a soft color that looks great on every skin tone," she says.Tenoverten Nail Polish in Liberty, $, available at TargetLauren B Beauty Nail Polish in Mandeville MavenIf you prefer your green to go on sheer, Lauren B's pale sage hue is a timeless choice. "This shade is so soft and muted," says celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley. "It completely transcends seasons, and is perfect for spring or summer."LAUREN B Nail Polish in Mandeville Maven, $, available at LAUREN B BEAUTYSally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Leaf Me Be"This lush shade is glossy and glamorous," says Hadley. "For a drugstore green, it comes across as very sophisticated."Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Leaf Me Be, $, available at TargetJINsoon Nail Polish in ScubaTalk about the perfect vacation manicure: This shade is basically a bottled-up version of the ocean floor. "This is a tropical green to mirror the Caribbean water," says nail pro Jin Soon Choi. "It's a rich, cool teal, saturated in pigmentation." JINsoon Nail Polish in Scuba, $, available at JinSoonLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Best Nail Polishes For Your Spring PedicureCheckered Print Is The Next Big Thing In Nail ArtGreen Nail Art Is Perfect For St. Patrick's Day

  • Your Guide To The Cutest Heart Nail-Art Designs On Instagram

    If you're already bored with your heavy rotation of wintery polishes and looking for fresh nail-art inspiration before Valentine's Day, then Instagram's latest manicure trend is hitting right on cue.For February, celebrity manicurists and nail-art influencers alike have been rolling out a steady stream of date-night beauty inspiration — from minimalist red-heart French tips to sparkle-loaded manicures dusted with teeny-tiny sequin hearts. From edgy takes, like actress Lana Condor's matte-black mani, to more traditional red-and-pink press-on stickers, find the coolest heart-print mani inspiration, ahead.For the To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You premiere, manicurist Tom Bachik matched Condor's cute polka-dot dress with a cool manicure: matte black, complete with white-and-black heart accents.In the past, Bachik and Condor have gone a more traditional route with an all-white manicure and pink and purple hearts.At this last year's Emmy Awards, actress and nominee Joey King wore a delicate heart-studded manicure. From a distance, the pink polish looked like any other neutral, but look closer and you'll see that manicurist Thuy Nguyen added tiny hearts at the cuticles of her ring pinky and nails.A glossy nude with red outward-facing hearts — like this look out of London's Townhouse Salon — feels cool, not cutesy.To really make your heart stickers stand out, use a matte polish as your base, like UK-based nail pro Imarni Nails. L.A.'s trendy salon, Olive & June, shows how a skinny stripe of glitter at the cuticle pairs perfectly with a tiny black heart on the ring finger.Pull inspiration from NYC's Valley Salon and start with a glossy top coat and stamp teeny-tiny red stickers on top.If you have almond-shaped nails, you can use this visual by Paintbucket and make the subtle points a backdrop for a heart-shaped French tip.Or you can make like nail artist Nicole Fernando and wear the heart tip as an accent. Bonus points for adding little eyes, Commes des Garçons-style.The juxtaposition of matte black polish with a heart-tip design makes for a modern London manicure, born out out the city's Wah Salon.If your nails are on the shorter side, add press-on stickers right at the tips, like nail influencer Unistella.Manicurist Jessica Washick plays with negative space by keeping the color on the perimeter of the nails and the inside of the hearts bare — almost like heart-shaped cut-outs on your fingers.If an accent nail is your vibe — and you have a steady hand with a striping brush— consider drawing this cursive trio of hearts across your ring finger, inspired by this look from London's DryBy Salon.We're not going to lie: This look — "loading" pixelated hearts — is pretty intricate, which means you might need to book yourself a salon appointment at NYC's Vanity Projects. That said, if you're in The Big Apple, it's probably worth it.Pastel pink plus glitter is a foolproof combo. To get this exact look, manicurist Hang Nguyen uses Orly's polish in Kiss The Bride (a glossy blush) as a base, with Jin Soon's shimmer topper in the shade Mist over the top.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Valentine's Day Nail Art Inspiration For February5 Easy Ways To Wear Your Heart On Your FingernailsL.A.'s Trendiest Nail Brand Just Launched Jewelry

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  • NYC’s Trendiest Nail Salon Just Dropped New Polishes — & They’re Dreamy

    If you're in downtown Manhattan and find yourself admiring a cool manicure — maybe on the girl standing next to you on the subway platform or the person one table over at brunch — chances are, she got her nails done at Paintbox. The in-demand studio, just off the cobblestones of Crosby Street, has garnered a reputation as the spot for chic and minimalist nail art. Each piece in the lookbook is designed with the most unique (and universally flattering) color combinations. But before this summer, the Paintbox aesthetic had been exclusive to New York, and it can be hard to snag an appointment even if you're a local. Luckily, this past June, the brand brought the trendy salon vibes to everyone with a new collection of nail polish that's available both online and in the NYC location. The collection, called Power Couples, is being sold as color duos — and it took the brand's chief creative officer, Eleanor Langston, five years of shade formulation to perfect the tones. "We’ve been lucky enough to do more than 117,000 manicures at our SoHo studio," explains Langston in an email to Refinery29 back in June. "Our artists truly know what nail colors flatter all skin tones — the unexpected shades that look beautiful together. Our curated Power Couple pairs are approachable, experimental, artful, and meant to encourage people to step outside their single-color comfort zone." The range started with three Power Couples Sets, then came a fourth, and now, there's a brand-new duo in the picture: rain and blush. Shop them as a perfect pairing or as individual bottles; either way, you'll be equipped to create your own cool-girl manicure this fall — no matter your zip code. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like Rain + Like Blush Power Couple Imagine the color of the sky during a calming late-afternoon rainstorm and the radiant pink tone you see as the sun comes up the next morning. “This cool pairing was inspired by the colors from a slate-gray fall thunderstorm and a romantic, chalky-blush sky the morning after the rain," Langston says. Paintbox Paintbox Power Couple Like Rain + Like Blush, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Rain This bluish-gray is moody with an undertone of mystery. Think of it as the cool autumnal take on baby blue. Paintbox Nail Lacquer Like Rain, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Blush This milky carnation shade is the poetic complement to the stormy blue. Paintbox Paintbox Nail Lacquer Like Blush, $, available at Paintbox Like Mystery + Like Magic Power Couple The sparkly sheer pairing was born out of the salon demand for a mani that combined neutrals with glitter accents. “This modern pairing was inspired by our creative, stylish clients at our 17 Crosby Street studio," Langston explains. "We noticed how they were often pairing soft nude shades with reflective glitters for a low-key, downtown update on luminosity. The glitter tone turns your nails into an instant accessory." Paintbox Power Couple Like Mystery + Like Magic, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Mystery The faint undertone of mauve pink in this neutral sand shade gives the polish a uniquely warm, almost milky effect that's flattering across all skin tones. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Mystery, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Magic Everyone needs a sparkly polish in their collection, and this one is perfect because it has a champagne pearl base and fine-grain gold flecks that give your nails a sophisticated kind of shine. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Magic, $, available at Paintbox Like Desire + Like Dreams Power Couple Powerful cherry red is matched with the softest whisper of lilac in this color pairing. Langston says that both shades read as opaque and vibrant, which is why they work so well together. Paintbox Power Couple Like Desire + Like Dreams, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Desire Langston tells us red is the most requested shade at Paintbox, so she wanted to create the perfect tone: a slightly warm, saturated cherry. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Desire, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Dreams The same way white nail polish pops against the skin, the creamy undertones in this pale lilac shade make it a chic pick for summer. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Dreams, $, available at Paintbox Like Wild + Like Wonder Power Couple “This duo feels minimalist, natural, and surprisingly tranquil," explains Langston of the sky-pine combo. "Our creative team nailed the mossy green color, which is so difficult to create, and the soft blue is a strong, luminous classic that’s unintimidating.” Paintbox Power Couple Like Wild + Like Wonder, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Wild Green nail polish can be tricky. Too bright and you get slime; too dark and you get a swampy vibe. This polish hits the sweet spot: an earthy emerald — evergreen, if you will. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wild, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Wonder This powdery blue has just a hint of sweet mint undertones, which gives it a fresh shine. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wonder, $, available at Paintbox Like Spice + Like Spring Power Couple Langston describes this pairing as an ode to vintage Palm Springs. “This calming pairing was inspired by terracotta trends in interior design and California in the '70s," she explains. "It’s a laid-back vibe, slightly retro — like the Thelma and Louise of all the couples." Paintbox Power Couple Like Spice + Like Spring, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Spice Found: your perfect terracotta. This cinnamon-brick shade has warm ginger and caramel undertones. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice, $, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like Spring Imagine a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade brimming with ice cubes, and you have Like Spring. The citrus pastel will convince you that barely-there yellow is the shade your nails have been missing. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spring, $, available at PaintboxLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?6 Black Nail Polishes To Grab This Fall7 Halloween Nail-Art Looks That Aren't Cheesy4 Cool-Girl Hairstyle Trends To Try This Fall