What better excuse than this holiday weekend to have some fun with your finger tips? Our style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas is here to help you update your mani with some new nail art trends.
Moon manicure trend
Flip your french manicure upside down for a contemporary take on the two-tone look. New York's hottest new nail studio, Paintbox, which offers only manicures and a coveted menu of curated nail art, kicked off its first seasonal collection with five moon-inspired designs, including Boderline, Ray of Light, Inner Circle, Moonbeam and Bling Ring. Veteran magazine editor Eleanor Langston, who teamed up with celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec, have been booked solid since doors opened by fashion-forward seeking fingertips. You can also try the trend at home. After your base color dries, simply stick on reinforcement labels (sold at office supply stores) as a stencil or use small dot stickers to guide the design. Whether you opt for the traditional neutral pairing of pale pink and white, or a fun color combo, the understated effect is chic and surprisingly sophisticated.
Tape for your tips
For those of us who can't draw a straight line with a ruler, no fear, you can simply stick on your stripes. You can purchase rolls of decorative, narrow nail tapes for just a few dollars in a rainbow colors, metallic tones, glitter varieties, holograms and more. At just a sixteenth of an inch wide, anyone can quickly create intricate patterns, borders or blocked effects with no dry time and fool proof application (Guraio Nail Tape, $1.62, amazon.com).
A perfect paintbrush
You write and paint with long tools like pens and paintbrushes, so why do nail polish brushes get the short end of the stick? Julep aims to make things more comfortable with their Plie Wand, which attaches to their brushes, turning a once-stubby stick into an extended, easy-to-use stylus. The wand also bends into an angled shape, which helps you you have more control, even when painting with your non-dominant hand. Kits include an additional brush head (suitable for all brands of polish) and other perks for nail art enthusiasts, like a striping brush and dotting tool ($10 & up, julep.com).
Our resident style editor and author of "The Power of Style," Bobbie Thomas shares the buzz about beauty, fashion, and more here on TODAY and at Bobbie.com. Consider her your go-to girlfriend, style MacGuyver, and wikipedia for women who you've seen in her underwear. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.