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 now, the Paintbox aesthetic has been exclusive to New York, and even if you're local it's hard to snag an appointment sometimes. Luckily, the Paintbox brand just announced that it's bringing the trendy salon vibes to everyone with a new collection of nail polish that's available online and in the NYC salon. 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 all six hues."We’ve been lucky enough to do more than 117,000 manicures at our SoHo studio," explains Langston in an email to Refinery29. "Our artists truly know what nail colors flatter all skin tones — the unexpected shades that look beautiful together. Our three curated Power Couple pairs are approachable, experimental, artful, and meant to encourage people to step outside their single-color comfort zone."From moss and sky-blue to cinnamon and citrus, check out the three fresh Power Couple sets, ahead. Shop them as a perfect pairing or as individual bottles. Either way, you'll be equipped to create your own cool-girl manicure — whatever 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 Desire + Like Dreams Power CouplePowerful cherry-red is matched with the softest whispering 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, $40, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like DesireLangston 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, $22, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like DreamsThe 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, $22, 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, $40, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like WildGreen 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, $22, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like WonderThis powdery blue has just a hint of sweet mint undertones, which gives it a fresh shine. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wonder, $22, available at Paintbox Like Spice + Like Spring Power CoupleLangston 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, $40, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like SpiceFound: your perfect terracotta. This cinnamon-brick shade has warm ginger and caramel undertones. Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Spice, $22, available at Paintbox Paintbox Nail Polish in Like SpringImagine 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, $22, available at PaintboxLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Everyone's Talking About Kylie Jenner's Throwback Manicure14 Ways To Wear Winter-White Nail Polish In Summer8 Summer-Perfect Pedicure Shades To Pick Up Before Your Beach Vacation
While plenty of celebrities have the kind of influence and following to set a breakout haircut trend, Rihanna remains one of those rare celebs that has enough star power to launch a nail-art craze with a single Instagram post. Just last month, a bevy of copycats hopped on the bandwagon almost instantaneously after she rocked jade nails. Rihanna is always one to keep things interesting — and she's now decided to remix that jade manicure a bit with new lavender jade art shared on her Instagram Story.
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When former Miss Illinois, Karolina Jasko, found herself with what she thought was an infected thumbnail, she went to her doctor to get it checked out and possibly saved her thumb – and maybe her life. “A few days later, my finger swelled up really bad, and I automatically thought I had some sort of infection from the nail salon,” she told the Daily Mail. The procedure concluded she had subungual melanoma, which is a cancer found in the tissue of the nail bed.
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It's hard to think of someone who had a better night last night than Lady Gaga. At long last, the singer and actress not only walked home with her very first Oscar, but got to perform her chart-topping hit "Shallow " from her film A Star Is Born on the grand stage, all while channeling Audrey Hepburn with a gigantic 128-carat Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace around her neck. Well, the last time the diamond was worn was in 1961, when Audrey Hepburn wore it in publicity posters for Breakfast At Tiffany's. So yeah, Gaga's had a hell of a 24 hours.
Not to spook you into making any kind of impulse decision, but considering Valentine's Day is just two days away, the next nail-polish color you choose will most likely be the same one you'll wake up with this Friday (February 14). If you're dry on inspiration, and want a look that whispers — not screams — "Valentine's Day," we've got you covered. From traditional reds and baby pinks, to press-on stickers and black polish (just to keep everyone on their toes), find the chicest heart nail-art designs, ahead.