Unlike some more questionable trends, nail art is a beauty craze that we can actually get behind. And ICYMI, Instagram is all over the fad—#nailart has over 56 million posts (and counting). If you need to spice up your feed—and your life—you have to check out our picks for the best nail salons in Montreal. Whether you want to try vivid neon nails or a subtle rose-gold design, you can’t go wrong with these hot spots for nail art.Candy Nail Bar is one of our top picks for the best nail art in MontrealCandy Nail Bar (Photo: instagram/candynailbar)BarbarellaFind it: 3833 St. Jacques, barbarellaspa.com
The vibe: This chic spa is all about empowerment, aiming to give you a boost to feel like the most beautiful version of you.
Prices: $32 (regular), $44 (shellac), art from $2 to $30, depending on difficulty
Ask for: Jessica Brabenec, especially if you’re looking for hand-painted artwork.
Candy Nail BarFind it: 6218 St-Hubert, candynailbar.com
The vibe: This boutique-like nail bar is all about pampering, providing top-notch customer service with some of the most amazing nail art in the city.
Prices: $25-$40 (regular), $40 (shellac), $3 to $60 for nail art, depending on difficulty
Ask for: Just a few of the amazing sets pumped out by owner Tamara Di Lullo include shimmering geode nails and designs inspired by Gucci Ghost.
JLoungeFind it: 1057 St. Laurent Blvd., jloungespa.ca
The vibe: The team at J Lounge aims to make your experience a memorable one, offering up tea and creating an atmosphere that feels homey and welcoming.
Prices: $19 (regular), starting at $28 (shellac), starting at $5 (nail art)
Ask for: Jophie, who creates amazingly detailed sets.
Lio FratelliNails salon Montreal: Lio FratelliLio Fratelli in MontrealFind it: 100 Laurier Ave. W, liofratelli.com
The vibe: Lio Fratelli has been a go-to for Montreal manis for two decades, and they have a huge wall of everyone’s favourite flip flops: Havaianas. Get a pedi, and grab a pair in a contrasting colour.
Prices: $40 (regular), $60 (shellac), nail art prices depending on difficulty
Ask for: Elisabeth specializes in Brazilian manicures, so you’ll always get a perfect finish, and your colour right to the edges of your nails.
BlomeFind it: 46 McGill St., blome.ca
The vibe: With the perfect atmosphere for a bachelorette party, Blome is a little slice of affordable luxury in the city. And, since it’s a blow-dry bar too, you can save a little time at the end of your mani appointment to get your hair done.
Prices: $30 (regular), $40 (shellac), nail art prices depending on difficulty
Ask for: Chiara specializes in hand-painted designs, so go to her if you’re looking for intricate artwork.
NStyleFind it: 1500 McGill College Ave., nstyleintl.ca
The vibe: Kick back in NStyle’s serene blue-and-white environment and watch your fave Netflix show while your hands get pampered.
Prices: $30 (regular), $49 (shellac), nail art prices depending on difficulty
Ask for: Jully or Jenny—both specialize in nail art and extensions
Runway Beauty BarNails salon Montreal: RunwayRunway Beauty Bar in MontrealFind it: 677 St. Catherine St. W, runwaybeautybar.com
The vibe: Escape from the bustle of the mall and relax at Runway, where you can get a speedy manicure that’ll look like it took hours to put together.
Prices: $20 (regular), $43 (shellac), starting at $7
Ask for: Judy has exceptional colour application skills, and is super detail-oriented. Ask for her if you want something more complex.
LoftFind it: 539 Bonsecours Rd., loftnailbar.com
The vibe: Owned by a husband-and-wife duo that prides themselves on both cleanliness and quality services, the space is Instagrammable and perfect for a girls’ outing.
Prices: Starting at $25 (regular), add $10 (shellac), starting at $5 (art)
Ask for: If you want graphic nail art, ask for Samantha.
Espace BlancFind it: 300 René Levesque, espaceblanc.ca
The vibe: Super modern and full-service, this salon has everything you need to feel totally pampered, including a top-notch manicure, of course.
Prices: $30 (regular), $41 (shellac), nail art prices depending on difficulty
Ask for: Andrea for the best treatment manicures with the salon’s favourite products from SpaRitual
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There was a lot to take in on camp-themed Met Gala red carpet: Lady Gaga’s four costume changes, Jared Leto carrying his head, and Ezra Miller’s five extra eyeballs. But there was one major detail you probably missed amidst all the costumes and excitement: the manicures. Nearly every celebrity wore a bold and bright nail art look to this year’s event, but you’d only have seen them if you stalked their respective manicurists on Instagram. Ahead, see 20 of our favorite looks.

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1 Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls

Manicurist Mar y Soul used a $6.99 nail polish from Target to create this look on supermodel Candice Swanepoel—but then layered on real Swarovski crystals for the three-dimensional and textured effect.

Defy & Inspire Nail Polish in Laguna Beach, $6.99. target.com. SHOP

2 Lady Gaga

There wasn’t a person looking at Lady Gaga’s nails amidst her campy quick-change performance—but her manicure was so good.

She wore OPI GelColor in Big Apple Red by manicurist Naomi Yasuda. SHOP

3 Jennifer Lopez

When you’re covered in this much ice, it makes sense that your nails should be nearly-white. Jennifer Lopez had her nails done for the Met Gala by longtime manicurist Tom Bachik.

4 Elle Fanning

“Elle is the definition of camp. She wanted an expressive, bold look and we went for it! We started with Essie’s Strike a Rose, a neon hot pink with a demi-matte finish, from the new summer 2019 collection. Then, each almond-shaped nail was pierced and adorned with fun vintage charms, from french fries to Bubble Yum and more! The end result was a show-stopping moment on tonight’s pink carpet,” says Mar y Soul.

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5 Laura Harrier

Actress Laura Harrier tapped nail artist Sarah Nguyen to create this three-dimensional Swarovski crystal manicure set against a jet black base.

Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $9, ulta.com. SHOP

6 Kim Kardashian West

For her first nail look of the night, Kim Kardashian West wore a nude manicure affixed with hanging crystals that perfectly matched her custom Thierry Mugler mini dress (and were actually pre-approved by Mr. Mugler himself).

7 Constance Wu

Nail artist Kim Truong painted Constance Wu’s nails a classic deep red then affixed Swarovski crystal embellishments along a few key accent nails.

Red Carpet Manicure Fortify & Protect LED Gel Nail Polish Collection in Fil Reel Red, $10.99, ulta.com. SHOP

8 Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi wore a cornflower blue (OPI Infinite Shine in Kanpai) by nail artist Emi Kudo.

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9 Hailee Steinfeld

Inspired by a candy wrapper, actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld trusted nail artist Tom Bachik to create this minty pastel textured manicure.

10 Dua Lipa

You’re going to want to take a closer look at this insanely intricate manicure by nail artist Mei Kawajiri on Dua Lipa—scroll though the Instagrams to see every single detail.

11 Cardi B

Cardi B tapped nail artist Jenny Bui to create a dramatic red manicure using OPI GelColor in Candied Kingdom.SHOP

12 Lana Condor

Sometimes all it takes is one single extra detail—like a rhinestone or crystal—to upgrade a pale pink manicure into something red carpet-worthy, as seen on Lana Condor.

13 Winnie Harlow

Scroll through to see Winnie Harlow’s incredible nude-and-gold manicure, complete with marbling and glitter tips.

14 Awkwafina

Is there anything more camp than a press-on manicure? We loved Awkwafina’s gold glitter Dashing Diva press-on nails by manicurist Rachel Shim.

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15 Madelaine Petsch

Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch wore a metallic and rhinestone manicure to the Met Gala red carpet.

16 Lucy Boynton

“Lucy’s look tonight is so angelic. We chose Essie’s Press Pause to play off her delicate Prada dress. Then, Essie in Set in Stones, along with Swarovski crystals added a touch of whimsical drama. Think: Lucy in the sky with diamonds!” says celebrity manicurist Elle.

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17 Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss had one of the best nail looks of the night, but you could hardly see it amidst all the camp. Scroll through to see her Gucci-themed logo nails by Mei Kawajiri.

18 Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian West’s second nail look of the night was mirrored after the print and texture of her blue water-like mini dress from Mugler.

19 Josephine Skriver

“In keeping with Josephine’s feminine, floral aesthetic for the evening, we decided on an embroidered nail look. A stamping tool was used to apply Essie in Blanc, along with Essie in Topless & Barefoot. The polish pairing and design perfectly matched her intricate Jonathan Simkhai gown,” said celebrity manicurist Bana Jarjour.

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20 Regina King

Celebrity nail artist Miss Pop created a cocoa-and-gold graphic manicure design on actress Regina King to complement her Oscar de La Renta gown.

Zoya Nail Polish in Nadia $10, ulta.com. SHOP

21 Ezra Miller

We truly never thought we would see duck nails on the Met Gala red carpet. Leave it to Ezra Miller, Naomi Yasuda, and the campy theme to make this our new beauty reality—scroll through to see the look.

Beauty Director Jenna Rosenstein is the Beauty Director at BAZAAR.com.

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Whether you’ve gone dairy-free or not, brace yourself because we’re all dressing like milkmaids this summer. Ethereal, square neckline dresses often complete with bow ties, a little ruffle, or floral prints are already emerging as the dresses of Summer 2019. Thanks to rising It brands like Dôen, LoveShackFancy, and Reformation, the ultra-feminine, ultra soft look is replacing the menswear-inspired trends of seasons past. Now, it’s all about looking like you just stumbled in from an afternoon of milking cows in the fields. Too set in your non-dairy milk alternative ways to understand? Let us guide you below…

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Milking It

Last summer, we spotted the rise of the fashion fairy nymph look—which has now blossomed into full-on milkmaid dress attire (as expertly demonstrated by Dakota Fanning). Brands like Dôen and Sleeper are helping spearhead the trend with their ethereal dresses.

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Shirred Floral Maxi Dress

Dôen net-a-porter.com

$305.00

Dôen’s floral take on the milkmaid dress is just the right amount of boho. 

Blue Floral Midi Dress

Faithfull the Brand nordstrom.com

$113.40

Style this retro floral dress with a pair of white sneakers for your go-to weekend look this season.  

Belted Linen Midi Dress

Sleeper net-a-porter.com

$290.00

For a more polished take on the trend, this belted version is more office-friendly and less ready to run in the fields. 

Go Literal

Pink and blue checked patterns, bustier tops, and ribbon details are a playful (and literal) way to wear the look.

Off-the-Shoulder Checked Mini Dress

LoveShackFancy net-a-porter.com

$325.00

Ideal for date night or your weekend plans, this ultra-girly mini dress says “Got Milk?” so you don’t have to.  

Floral Print Midi Dress

Reformation net-a-porter.com

$248.00

Whether you pair them with sandals or sneakers, you’ll live in Reformation’s smocked midi dresses all summer long.

Ruffled Taffeta Dress

Brock Collection net-a-porter.com

$1,200.00

A splurge-worthy dress that wins the milkmaid trend hands down.   

Shirred Mini Dress

Topshop topshop.com

$55.00

Pair this pink floral Topshop dress with a pair of white sneakers for the perfect casual summer outfit. 

Light as a Fairy

Puff Sleeve Square Neck Mini Dress

De La Vali farfetch.com

$171.00

Meet your new favorite little white dress. 

Harper Floral Cotton Dress

Rhode Resort
$338

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Rhode’s bright and bold prints make for a playful spin on the traditional milkmaid look.

Ruched Gingham Mini Dress

Georgia Alice net-a-porter.com

$280.00

Gingham will always be one of our favorite summer prints and this mini dress gets it just right. 

Belted Asymmetric Dress

Hellessy net-a-porter.com

$1,290.00

For a more elevated take on the trend, try this cocktail party-friendly dress. 

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As proof, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in terms of simple, straightforward nail art, for a step-by-step guide to a minimalist mani that can be achieved right from your couch. Ahead, you’ll find ten of our favorite looks, both on-trend and timeless, and a breakdown of how to perfect the downright professional-looking design on your own. Whatever your aesthetic, find inspiration for your next DIY manicure — and the most stylish hand shot ever.

The cold, dark, dreary days of winter are finally behind us and the warm spring sun is here. That means it’s time to pack up your winter coats and bulky sweaters for the season. And while you’re at it, you might want to put away your dark nail polishes too — at least if the latest nail trend has anything to say about it. Get ready for tie-dye nails.

The arts-and-crafts pattern is having a real moment in the fashion spotlight once again. And when we say “a moment,” we mean it is everywhere. The print was spotted all over the runways for both spring and fall 2019. On puffer coats (at Maryam Nassir Zadeh), and on miniskirts (at Area, very groovy), while Collina Strada put it on leggings. (Denim and sweatshirts are also getting the treatment, so it’s safe to say we’ll have no shortage of ’90s camp attire come summer.)

Beyond Fashion Week, influencers are bringing the trend into the real world, posting photo after photo on Instagram of how they’re implementing the tie-dye into their everyday looks. And now, as Refinery29 first pointed out, that includes on their nails.

Hairstylist Justine Marjan shared a look at the tie-dye nails that manicurist Kim Truong painted for her. Each nail was “dyed” in a slightly different neon color. In her caption, she credited the inspo to South Korean nail artist Park Eunkyung, the talent behind the Instagram-adored nail salon Unistella, who has also been posting a handful of takes on tie-dye.

Gigi Hadid also recently wore the trend. Nail artist Mei Kawajiri showed off the tie-dye masterpiece she gave the model for her twenty-fourth birthday celebration on Instagram. She kept the design concentrated to only Hadid’s ring fingers.

These mango- and lime-color nails look like they’d go perfectly with a margarita.

While these red, white, and blue ones were made for Fourth of July.

Metallic shades give the finish a more disco vibe…

…meanwhile, a faded look gives the trend a dreamscape feel.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a truly throwback all-out neon.

You can also wear tie-dye in smaller, more simplistic ways. Take Los Angeles nail artist Julie Ventura’s latest creation as a good example. As she explained in her post, “Incorporating negative space in tie-dye makes it super fun and gives it more depth.” Ventura also tempered the trend just a bit by turning it into a stripe, rather than overtaking the entire nail with color.

Another way to ease into tie-dye nails is to use more muted colors.

It looks great in all blue with small dotted designs.

Or simply add a dash of tie-dye by painting just one nail with splashy colors.

As with most nail art, it’s probably easier to pay a visit to your salon to get the look, but you could attempt to recreate it all on your own at home if you’re dextrous. Ventura posted a tutorial on how she creates tie-dye nail polish stickers first, then coats her nails in a clear polish, applies the stickers, files, and quickly finishes with another clear topcoat.

You could even draw the pattern directly onto your nail and create the tie-dye effect by pulling a striping brush through the center of the design before it dries. The best news: the tie-dye look is meant to be a little messy, off-centered, and obscure, so it’s a pretty difficult at-home manicure to mess up.

Want to give it a go? Do as Ventura did and mix together Orly’s brightest colors, like Glowstick, Neon Heat, and Angel Rain. Then finish with Orly’s no-chip topcoat to protect your precious tie-dye creation.


Normally, spring dresses are all about the florals. (If you can get Miranda Priestley saying “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” out of your head, that is.) But with the rise of prairie dresses, shoppers have opened their hearts and their closets to puffy sleeves, vintage-inspired prints, and other trends every season. For 2019, there’s another It style on the horizon, which combines different elements from great spring dress trends past: nostalgic patterns, soft colors, and prime Instagram-ability.

Toile-print dresses have been popping up everywhere since Selena Gomez wore an Oscar de la Renta two-piece last summer. Toile, short for toile du Jouy, was originally a style of decor fabric with a copperplate-engraving-style image of a complex scene—normally something pastoral—printed in a repeated pattern against a white or off-white background. The graphic has the charm of a floral but with the same vintage vibe as your favorite prairie dress. And you can find it on everything from oversize silhouettes to strappy minis.

These It dresses luckily don’t necessarily cost a couple thousand dollars: You can find them everywhere from Urban Outfitters to Tory Burch. If you want an alternative to the prairie trend but are tired of the same old florals, toile-print dresses are a happy medium that aren’t absolutely everywhere yet (just yet). Shop the best ones, ahead.

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We recently spotted the bright aquatic trend floating across the feeds of Instagram’s in-the-know nail pros. And considering the tropical connotation, we’re guessing it will continue to gain traction well into summer’s beach season. From a detailed goldfish swimming across every finger to koi accents on just a few, scroll through for every way to style the fish manicure before everyone else catches the hook.

“Regardless of intention, French manicures and pastel colors signal white, middle-class, heteronormative beauty. Long, sculptured, airbrushed nails, on the other hand, are markers of blackness, sexual deviancy, and marginalized femininity,” wrote Lynchburg College Sport Management Professor Lindsay Pieper in a 2015 essay. “Writers highlighted Flo Jo’s fingernails as both a source of intrigue and revulsion, subtly emphasizing racial differences. Because she preferred long, colorful nails, the runner was depicted as abnormal, deviant, and different.”

If you spent any time outside between April and September last year, chances are you saw a very specific dress hundreds of times. It has ruffles, it comes in a vaguely floral-slash-spotted pattern, and it shows some skin around the clavicle area. It works with all kind of shoe trends from cowboy boots to sandals to Dr. Martens. This dress is basically spring incarnate, which is partly why it’s everywhere.

Though plenty of brands offered their own version of The Dress, it was Réalisation Par’s Alexandra that took over Instagram. Naturally, it’s the brainchild of an OG fashion influencer, Alexandra Spencer of 4thandbleeker. So she knows a thing or two about what looks good on your feed.

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Buy Now: Réalisation Par The Alexandra Dress, $195, available at Réalisation Par

Much like Spencer’s infamous cheetah slip skirt, her namesake dress went viral shortly after it was released. A quick refresher:

The appeal of the Alexandra dress is obvious: It’s simple, it’s pretty, and it’s easy. And at $195, it’s not necessarily going to break the bank, but it’s also not inexpensive, especially for a dress that thousands of people already own.

Around the same time, other Instagram-favorite fashion brands were releasing new iterations of The Dress. Reformation, for one, had the super-popular Sicilia Dress, which featured a lot of the same beloved features of the Alexandra: the mini length, the ruffle details, the simple silhouette, and the springy pattern.

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Buy Now: Reformation Sicilia Dress, $198, available at Reformation

There’s also the Lucky Dress, which lacks the ruffle detail but has all the other ingredients.

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Buy Now: Reformation Lucky Dress, $198, Reformation

After seeing The Dress and dresses inspired by The Dress everywhere, I finally felt the urge to buy one. But every time I clicked “add to cart,” I just couldn’t check out. If I was going to drop nearly $200 on something, I wanted it to be something that everyone else didn’t already own. It had to feel unique, special—but still easy.

This desire sent me on a deep, deep online shopping spiral, seeking an affordable alternative. And after much research, I’ve determined that $150 or less is just the amount I’m willing to spend on this spring essential. So here are the best 12 options I could find. They look just like The Dress, but a little different—which, in my book, makes them even better.

Free People Like a Lady Printed Minidress

Free People

$98

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UO Jocelyn Printed Puff-Sleeve Minidress

Urban Outfitters

$69

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Mango Buttoned Printed Dress

Mango

$49.99

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ASOS Design Petite Sweetheart Button Through Minidress

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& Other Stories Puff-Sleeve Minidress

& Other Stories

$69

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PrettyLittleThing Plus Wrap Minidress

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Floral Modal Blend Minidress

& Other Stories

$119

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Anthropologie Faithfull Zoe Wrapdress

Anthropologie

$149

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BB Dakota La La Land Dress

Shopbop

$88

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StyleKeepers The Breezy Dress

Shopbop

$167

$66.80

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For Love & Lemons Magnolia Minidress

Revolve

$246

$136

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Reformation Inga Dress

Reformation

$78

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Tara Gonzalez is the commerce editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram at @tarigonzalez.