The Latest Celebrity Nail Colours to Try Now

Thu, 31 January 2013 12:20PM

Neutral nails have their time and place. And on the red carpet, when there’s a whole lot of frou frou, tulle and sequins going on, it’s probably the best – and safest – nail bet.

You might have noticed from our red-carpet manicure galleries that neutral nails – read milky-white, glossy taupe and soft cream – have been a rather popular choice for the 2013 awards season. And sure, there was a little nail art thrown in from Anne Hathaway at the SAGs, with a gorgeous black butterfly decals parading across white nails and Zooey Deschanel at the Golden Globes, complete with a mini film reel, but really, it was predominantly about the nudes.

So this morning, while feeling a little uninspired on what colour to paint my nails (first world problems, clearly) I began scrolling through some of the latest celeb pictures to land in my inbox. And, wouldn’t you know it, there was nail colour aplenty, providing us all with at least another week’s worth of nail-spiration.

Nail Look #1: Jessica Alba

The fun and flirty polish provided a playful contrast against her dramatic black and beaded lace dress at this week’s Producers Guild Awards, the minty emerald green metallic polish the perfect way to dip into the 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year.

Try: Layer two coats of BYS Metallic Nail Polish in Emerald, $4.95, from K Mart and pharmacies

Nail Look #2: Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts’ pearlescent green-black polish tied in perfectly with her old Hollywood glamour beauty look at the SAG Awards, and manicurist Tracey Sutter created a custom nail polish on the night.

Try: Tracey mixed together a combination of Essie Nail Polish in Imported Champagne, a frosty beige, and Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics, a dark, opulent green part of the Essie Autumn 2013 collection out March 1, $18.95 each, 1800 811 611.

Nail Look #3: Anne Hathaway

While I have been loving Anne Hathaway’s various experiments with nail art lately, after spotting her floral dress at the Producer’s Guild Awards, she hardly needed to add any more colour to her ensemble. She instead coordinated her metallic navy polish to her satin evening clutch.

Try: Slick on two coats of OPI Nail Lacquer in Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue, $19.95, a deep blue with a subtle metallic shimmer throughout.  

Nail Look #3: Teresa Palmer

We loved Teresa Palmer’s perfectly manicured orange-verging-on-salmon nails at the premiere of Warm Bodies in LA.

Try: To achieve Teresa’s creamy nail finish, paint one thin coat of Essie Tart Deco, $18.95, Adore Beauty, and then add a slightly thicker second layer, finishing with a top coat to seal the deal.


Tell me, Primpers, which is your favourite nail look here?

Do you like metallic polish?

Or do you prefer neutral shades?

Hayley x


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  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 02:11pm

    Anne and Teresa’s nail colours are nice but im not sure about Jess’s and Naomi’s, reminds me a little of the days spent experimenting when I was 12! haha Maybe I will have to test it out again :p

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 02:18pm

    Some nice inspiration here.
    I love usingmetallic and neon polish.
    I love Jessica and Naomis nails here. There really nice colours of green.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 02:38pm

    I love the “BYS metallic nail colour in Emerald. I have almost the exact same colour on my own nails. Love it.

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 02:52pm

    Loving all those colours especially the salmon pink shade Mmm!

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:48am

    I like Teresa’s one, might have to visit the Essie stand at my local Myer for a closer look!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 09:15am

    I love the greens, I think I’d pick Jessica’s look for now.
    Im still in a lighter colour mood, I prefer lighter shades in summer and darker ones in winter.

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:21pm

    Essie have a great shade selection and is by far my favourite nail polish brand. I love Essie Tart Deco!

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 03:44pm

    Keen for some metallics!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:42pm

    Really love Tart Deco… want want want!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:45pm

    My favs are the metallic mint and metallic bleu which reminds me of sapphires!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 2 February 2013 07:58pm

    I love the creamy Essie Tart Deco looks lovely

  • Posted by: jennybean Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:16pm

    #3’s my favourite look, I prefer creamy or neutral colours. I like matte nails too.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 03:58pm

    I love Naomi’s polish! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of layering my polish before!!

  • Posted by: Sair // Thu, 7 February 2013 06:06pm

    I can totally vouch for Naomi’s nails. Stylenomics by Essie is my fav polish at the moment ( am even wearing it now). Nice to be ahead of the trend for once.

    Will have to try experimenting by mixing it though. The colour is devine, but may be a bit too dark for some.

  • Posted by: sommy7 Enthusiast // Sat, 9 February 2013 07:48pm

    Jessica’s colour is so gorgeous-Must Have

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 04:42pm

    i like nail look # 2 and 3

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 04:55pm

    i love that emerald colour

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:58pm

    I love the colour on Naomi Watts

  • Posted by: muso Master Fan // Wed, 20 March 2013 03:58pm

    Look 3 for me, it’s my most fave colour.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 1 November 2013 07:59pm

    I really like metallic nail polish, I love the shade of the green BYS Nail Polish, it’s gorgeous.

  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Sun, 20 July 2014 03:33pm

    Nice! I love the emerald green one!

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