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Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Singer Rihanna with stiletto nails at the Dior Cruise 2015 Fashion Show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
This image released by Naja Rickette shows a western fingernail design by nail artist Naja Rickette. Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it's all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips.
This product image released by Christian Louboutin shows Louboutin Ballet Stilettos, left, paired with Rouge Louboutin nail lacquer, the first foray into beauty products for shoe designer Christian Louboutin. He joins numerous other fashion designers who have moved into nail polish.
This product image released by Nails By Mei shows a fingernail design by Miho 'Mei' Kawajiri.
This product image released by Nails By Mei shows a wedding-themed fingernail design, created by Miho 'Mei' Kawajiri.
This image released by 3.1 Phillip Lim for Nars shows gold nail polish.
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NEW YORK (AP):

Move over studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it's all about nails.

Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips, said Kahlana Barfield, beauty director for InStyle magazine.

"We're seeing so many nail artists emerging and nail art salons that are launching," she said. Nails are an accessory now in the same way as jewellery, but a more affordable one."

For the DIY-inclined, a simple trip to the drugstore for pins, stickers and rhinestones offers more inexpensive options. "People are being super, super creative with nail art. ... They're really having fun," Barfield said. "Nails are a talking point."

  • Nail trend 1: New designs

Got a thing for those red-soled Christian Louboutins? The shoe designer is hoping his fashionista fans will go for his first try at beauty - glossy, luxe nail lacquer that was launched last month in his signature hue.

Rouge Louboutin, loaded with pigment that goes on easily, is priced at $50 for an eight-inch spiky bottle based on the tallest heel he ever came up with, the Ballerina Ultima. Thirty more colours are on the way.

Nails have become a growth market for designers: Phillip Lim and his 3.1 Phillip Lim brand have a new collaboration with Nars. Burberry opened its first beauty store, including polishes, in London's Covent Garden last year. Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford are all recent entrants.

Prabal Gurung works with Sally Hansen and Brit 'it' girl Alexa Chung came up with fabric-inspired finishes for London-based Nails Inc. Her bottles include a cashmere look and heavy glitter options.

Louboutin's lacquers are the most expensive for a major brand.

"Obviously, the Chanels and the Diors have been doing nail polish forever, but what's great about Louboutin is there are so many women who love his shoes but might not be able to afford them. It's a way of getting a piece of the brand," Barfield said. "The bottle is like a piece of art. He wanted it to be something that looked beautiful on a woman's vanity and on her fingers."

  • Nail trend 2: flip-side
    manis

"It's kind of like a peekaboo. It's
unexpected. The long, almond-shaped nails are really big right now, so
they allow enough real estate for you to embellish underneath your
nail," Barfield said. "This is a new twist on nail art, which is such a
big trend right now. You don't have to get this done. You can do it
yourself at home."

Attach a small jewel or stud with
spray glue, or go for bright colours that complement the front
side.

Naja Rickette, a Los Angeles nail artist and
consultant whose clients include Miranda Lambert, said flip-sides offer a
lot of freedom for texture.

"Glitters and confetti
and all kind of stuff are happening on the underside. You can wear a
plain colour then have fun on the back," she
said.

  • Nail trend 3: stiletto
    nails

Extensions, gels or natural -
sharpened tips are in.

"Rihanna's done them. Adele,
Fergie. We're seeing it more and more. They're buffed at the tips so
that's how you keep from hurting yourself," Barfield said. "There's no
danger."

  • Nail trend 4: gels

Barfield
considers gels a great option for people who don't want to be in the
nail shop once a week, but the removal process, which involves soaking
nails in polish remover, can damage nails.

Now, nail
companies are making gel-effect topcoats and lacquers in a range of
prices that offer a week or more of shine without the hassle, Barfield
said. No UV light is needed and they come off easily with regular
remover.

Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel in Bare Dare and
the company's Miracle Gel Top Coat are available at drug stores for $10
each.

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