By Paula Conway, Tori Lawhorn
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
The ‘Think Like a Man Too’ star is into bedazzled nails and so should you.
“Think Like a Man Too” star LaLa Anthony adorns the August issue of Latina magazine, released by CocaFab.com, with a full set of her trademark long nails in simple but crisp white.
Bedazzled nails are in, ladies, and summer is a great time to hit the salon and show your best nail inspiration. Here are our picks on where you can go in town for the most inspired manicures.
Paintbox Nail Studio
It comes as no surprise that the thoughtfully edited nail hues and designs here are carefully curated by Eleanor Langston, a former magazine beauty editor. The Fire Starter is the perfect place to start: two coats of navy polish, adhesive and foil to get this fun and funky design that is sure to fire up any conversation.
“Our Fire Starter look was actually inspired by Acne Black Iridescent Patent Oil Slick shoes,” said Eleanor Langston, CEO & Founder, Paintbox. “For Fire Starter, I love how the reflective tones are so iridescent, but because it covers the whole nail it still looks minimalist and opulent, not tacky or cheesy. The design makes a cool statement on nails but feels really modern and luxe because it’s so simple.”
Cosmic wonder – it’s a wonder you’d go anywhere else for decked-out nail design when the buck stops (these designs start at $55) here. 17 Crosby St., www.paint-box.com
It’s nail delivery – manicure comes right to you! And, to add speed to the service, they use dry nail drops, eliminating the need for fans. You’ll rock out, watch a movie or surf while the licensed manicure technicians hook you up to iPads (they bring them) for your entertainment pleasure. A full-service mani with Manicube only takes 15 minutes, prices range from $12-$20. Clients can both schedule and pay online via their website, www.manicube.com.
Essie Flagship Salon
“The appearance of a woman’s nails can tell you a lot about them,” she Josephine Allen, lead nail technician at Essie Flagship Salon, located in the Samuel Shriqui Salon on the Upper East Side.
“Every woman should have a set of nails that matches the type of person they are, inside and out,” she adds. The salon has plush pink leather seats set among a bright white light-flooded interior and a spacious courtyard that serves as a venue for numerous social events. There are more than 250 shades of Essie nail polish bottles, lined up like candy along the wall facing you from the leather love chairs.
The Essie Flagship Salon also has a frequent celebrity clientele, so don’t be surprised to find Jennifer Hudson to your left and Demi Lovato to your right. Get a manicure for $32 or upgrade to one with Josephine for $40. 35 E. 65th St., www.samuelshriquisalon.com/salon/essie-flagship
Acqua Beauty Bar
This is a favorite girls’ go-to nail hangout where you can opt for whatever summer lacquers quicken your pulse, from punchy neon hues to more subdued creams and soft pinks.
Acqua has a reputation for providing clients with very thorough manis and pedis, which means that those intricate checked and artsy tribal patterns will turn out perfectly. There are also private rooms in the back area for a myriad of luxe facial and body treatments. 7 E. 14th St., www.acquabeautybar.com.
Founded by Nadine Ferber and Adair Ilyinsky, Tenoverten has three locations: Tribeca, Soho and Midtown. Tenoverten is going for that neighborhood vibe, like you just walked into a friend’s fabulous apartment or brownstone, and to further the brand promise, the focus is not just on a mani or pedi, but to the long-term health of the nails.
Their signature manicure ($25) includes nail shaping, light cuticle care, a hand massage and a polish. The luxe manicure packs everything in their signature manicure plus a ten-minute hot stone massage and hydrating cream ($40). Then there’s the quickie manicure with nail shaping, light cuticle care and a polish ($15).
Kids love the kiddie manicure ($15) for kids 10 and younger, which mirrors mom’s signature manicure, only smaller. Tenoverten also just released their own nail care products, a base coat called The Foundation and a top coat called The Shield. All of their products are cruelty-free. Three locations, www.tenoverten.com
Aries Nail Salon
Whether going fierce, fab or fun, Aries provides a variety of manicures and treatments for whatever mood you’re in. A basic manicure ($18) covers cuticle care and a polish change. The popular vinylux manicure is a polish designed to strengthen its resistance to polish chipping ($20), and of course the ever-popular French manicure ($23) is de rigueur for girl’s night out. Simple pleasures like a basic polish change are just $12, ladies. 707 Lexington Ave. 2nd Floor, www.ariesnail.com.
Black Label Nails & Spa
Located only a few blocks from Grand Central Station, we love Black Label because a basic mani here starts at just $11, which feels positively triumphant. The mani-pedi special ($30) is joyful and includes a lavender jelly footbath. Oh, and they guarantee the shellac gel manicure ($30) to last for two weeks – they’re confident! 318 Lexington Ave. in Midtown East.