Beauty Trend: Oxblood Nails

Oxblood is officially the new black – but a more sophisticated, grown-up take on the traditionally goth colour.

oxblood on runway

It’s all over the runways – from Zac Posen to Prabal Gurung to Dannijo. Oxblood was featured in not one, but three consecutive runway seasons: Fall/Winter 2012, Spring/Summer 2013, and Fall/Winter 2013 – an indication of it reaching the status of “timelessness”. We’ll come right out and say it: you can officially wear oxblood any season!

OxBlood Nail Polish

Try: (Above, from left) MAC Nail Lacquer in Vintage Vamp, Nars Nail Polish in Chinatown, Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Red Ebony, , Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir, Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Single Ladies

Here are some tips for carrying out the ever-timeless oxblood trend on your nails.

1. Although it can look intimidating, oxblood is a ver wearable shade that would go with just about everything, so don’t be afraid to rock it your way! It can add an edgy feel to an outfit of brights, accent otherwise neutral clothes, match your red lips perfectly, or add a pop of contrast to a nude lipgloss. Chances are, whatever you’re wearing right now, the oxblood shade would probably complement it.

oxblood nails

2. If you want to carry the trend but are afraid of going entirely dark on your nails, then just use it on your nail tips in a French manicure. Donna Karen had a French manicure combination of oxblood tips with a nude shade, and it looked tres chic. In fact, why stop at neat French tips? Prabal Gurung used messy drip-like oxblood tips this Spring/Summer 2013 season, and it worked!

3. Because oxblood is a very noticeable colour, any chips and tipwear will unfortunately also be very obvious. To prevent this, use a good base and topcoat. You can even refresh your topcoat, by applying a topcoat every two to three days, to ensure that your manicure goes longer without chipping.

Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffeine-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea and Fabulous Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter as @musicalhouses and on Facebook.

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