Nail Art Isn't Dead, You Just Own Every Shade Imaginable

The astronomical increases in nail polish consumption (no, not eating it) have been unprecedented in the last 4 years. In 2011, the industry reported a 67% growth, with a 42% increase in 2012. And though sales have grown by 19% so far in 2013, everyone is eager to put the nail in nail art's coffin. NYMag reports that… » 7/26/13 7:00pm 7/26/13 7:00pm

What's Up With All These Unfeminist Nail Polish Names?

Why do nail polishes have names? Not brand names — color names, like Essie's Ballet Slippers? Sure, naming polishes is a fun way to add personality to the products and make them memorable, but unless it includes a word that clearly describes the color, they're ultimately arbitrary and have absolutely no bearing on the … » 3/27/13 7:00pm 3/27/13 7:00pm

Cherry Blossom Nails: Because Even Your Fingers Are Craving Spring

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation… » 3/22/13 1:20pm 3/22/13 1:20pm

Jesus Fresco Nail Art is the Best Thing in the World

Today in Holy Shit, Why Has This Not Happened Sooner/Get On My Hand At Once: a nail artist has taken a botched Spanish Jesus fresco restoration and turned it into nail art so beautiful the pictures of saints on my walls are crying tears of blood-red OPI polish. » 10/05/12 6:00pm 10/05/12 6:00pm

Gabby Douglas Scores Perfect 10 on Challenging 'Pledge of Allegiance'…

Olympic double gold medalist and cute-as-a-button living American Girl doll Gabby Douglas led the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. She did not flip onto or off of the stage, and despite the fact that NBC gymnastics analyst Elfi Schlegel speculated in a concerned, hushed voice that… » 9/06/12 12:20pm 9/06/12 12:20pm

Nail Art, the Last Bastion of Female-Centric Beauty

When historically female-centric practices—like cooking, baking, hair styling, clothing design, etc.—have been legitimized into celebrated careers, men typically end up being the stars who dominate those industries. Look at Emeril Lagasse or the Cake Boss guy or Vidal Sassoon or Karl Lagerfeld. Whenever there is money… » 8/07/12 1:30pm 8/07/12 1:30pm

How To Give Yourself Paint-Splattered Jackson Pollock Nails

Why not freshen up your nail game — and/or document your Jackson Pollock/Abstract Expressionism fandom — with this DIY manicure that mimics the effect of spattered paint? Like all the best things in life, it looks a hell of a lot more complicated than it actually is. All that stands between you and getting just the… » 10/21/11 4:05pm 10/21/11 4:05pm

Where Do Ridiculous Nail Polish Names Come From?

If you're biting your nails while you're reading this, you'd better knock it off, because a manicure is now the hottest way to express your style. Between 2009 and 2010, nail polish sales increased 11.9%, leading experts to declare that polish has replaced lipstick as the bullshit economic indicator for the recession.… » 10/09/11 11:57pm 10/09/11 11:57pm

How To Make A Manicure Last

I guess it's no real secret that I'm into doing my nails. Having manicured hands stops me from biting my nails, for one thing, and I am lucky enough to be in a profession where I can rock all kinds of weird nail art. That wasn't always the case; I sometimes think that my interest in nails is just one more after-effect… » 9/09/11 7:45pm 9/09/11 7:45pm

Worth It: A Top Coat That Saves Your Manicure

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily… » 9/07/11 12:35pm 9/07/11 12:35pm

Muppets Nail Polish, Because Why The Hell Not?

It seems we're going to be inundated with Muppets movie-related products this fall, and now that includes nail polish. We're definitely not complaining, because the new line of O.P.I. polish, featuring the colors Excuse Moi, Rainbow Connection, and Gone Gonzo, looks pretty fun. We're a little surprised that there's… » 8/25/11 9:30am 8/25/11 9:30am

How To Do A 30s-Style Moon Manicure

Back in the era of Deco and Depression and FDR, ladies who did paint their fingernails didn't generally paint their fingernails the whole way. Wouldn't you like to know their secrets? » 8/12/11 7:00pm 8/12/11 7:00pm

You're going to need: hole reinforcers (you can use actual French manicure stick-on guides, but hole reinforcers from a stationery …

Formaldehyde Officially On Carcinogen List, Brazilian Blowouts…

On June 10, the US government issued a report on carcinogens, and formaldehyde was officially added to the list. For the most part, formaldehyde is used as embalming fluid used in the funeral industry, and CNN reports, "it is also a large component of the 'new car smell' — composed of fumes emanating from carpets,… » 6/16/11 1:00pm 6/16/11 1:00pm