Accent nails, also known as status or statement nails, were a manicure must last year—even Beyoncé got in on the trend. But as we contemplated the start of sandal season 2013, we opted to start our own craze: the statement toe. Here are our four favorite status toe looks for a wow-worthy pedicure.
Grab a dotting tool, a paperclip, or even the tip of a pencil to create simple contrasting polka dots across one toenail. For shaky hands, we love the nail art pens from Color Club that have a foolproof dotting tool under the cap. We suggest your big toe for this one, as dots are tricky on tiny toenails! Try white spots on the trendy sorbet shades of the season for a sprinkles effect.
APPLIQUES FOR TOES
One of the easiest ways to get an intricately patterned accent toe is to use a single nail applique or sticker like the Incoco Design Nail Polish Appliques. (Yes, they work on toes!) Just make sure to file off the excess material so the applique fits your toenail perfectly.
A few thin white stripes can turn a basic pedicure into a nautical-chic style. Use a nail art brush like the ones in the Birchbox & Color Club Nail Art Kit to achieve smooth, thin lines with ease. White stripes on blue are classic, or make some waves with neon.
As much as we love glitter, a full pedicure of sparkle can be a little much—especially when it comes to taking it off later. But a glittery statement toe? Perfection. Try your favorite glitter, or experiment with one of the futuristic nail finishes that are popping up this season. We love chromes and holographics, and are crazy about the gritty Liquid Sand from OPI.