December 15, 2011 Makeup.com TIPS & TUTORIALS

Is Nail Polish the New Lipstick?

"Just as lipstick can be personalized to match skintone, attitude and outfit, nails are the perfect accessory to complete your beauty look," says Jan Arnold, Co-Founder and Style Director of CND. But why is nail polish suddenly gaining ground in usage and popularity? Michelle Mismas, founder of blog AllLacqueredUp.com, points a painted nail in the direction of the state of the economy; "The sales of nail polish have skyrocketed over the past five years in spite of the financial crisis we're all facing. It used to be that lipstick was the most affordable way to get a little retail therapy and inject new color in your wardrobe, but nail polish has a better price point and has taken over."Here are a few nail lacquers that take what we love most about lipstick, and bottle it.

Long wear:

Forget about frequent touch-ups; long wear formulas with chutzpah exist for nails too! "Like a color-stay lipstick, CND Shellac Power Polish won’t budge for two weeks, regardless of your active lifestyle," asserts Arnold.

High shine:


Just like lipstick can give your pucker an ultra-shiny finish, you can score the same result from polishes. "China Glaze glass fleck glitters have a jelly texture that looks wet even when dry," says Mismas.

Matte:

Is high shine too flashy for you? Try an opaque shade like Essie in Chinchilly or a matte top coat like Rescue Beauty Lounge Matte Top Coat, "that way you can take any nail polish in your collection and wear it matte," says Mismas.
Repairing:
Most lipsticks include moisturizing ingredients. Nail lacquers are following suit by being infused with botanicals to strengthen, hydrate, and stimulate nail growth, like Deborah Lippmann nail polish that contains nourishing biotin and plant extracts.
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