This week’s Mani Monday inspiration comes courtesy of Lacquerous Nails’ “High-Fashion & Lacquer” board on Pinterest. Sidebar: Are you following them yet?! As I was scrolling through their board, I noticed a bit of a trend peeking out: Oxblood. As you may remember, oxblood was a huge color trend for fall and winter last year–suddenly, we were seeing wine-tinted bags, jeans, tops…everything. Another oxblood detail? Tips. Short, square-cut oxblood nails were featured at Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013, Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2013, and at Armani Prive Fall 2013. We all know it takes trends a minute or two to properly diffuse from runway to real world, so now is the perfect time to adopt an oxblood mani, especially if your style tends to lean towards that of a dark vixen’s. When it comes to late-summer nails, oxblood is the new black. Or perhaps more realistically, the new Lincoln Park After Dark. Universally flattering with a dark and mysterious appeal, the perfect shade of oxblood lacquer is deep and sensual–a vampy, red-black hue that almost mimics dried blood. My favorite iteration on oxblood polish comes in at something I call black-black-red–that is, with multiple coats nails almost appear black, but rogue rouge undertones shine out. I’ve always been a fan of black-but-not nails, but I truly feel that I’ve found my ideal year-round shade in oxblood. It’s incredibly cool, chic, and a little bit badass while still (somehow) maintaining femininity. Feminine edge? Definitely my jam. Need some oxblood in your life? DIY an oxblood mani with Chanel’s high-end “Malice” varnish, or get the look on the cheap with Forever 21’s Love & Beauty “Wine” polish.
What do you think of oxblood nail polish? Would you wear it this summer or fall?
Liza, Editorial Director