beauty mark: nail effects

be a quick change nail artist.

by katie dickens

Why settle for plain polish when you can upgrade your mani with a few swipes of a transformative topcoat? Whether you prefer your tips to be covered in festive sparkles, tough leather, or sweet blossoms, these finishing touch lacquers will make it so—and with minimal effort.

NCLA I Like It On Top Luxury Nail Lacquer Finish, $18

Shimmer and shine with iridescent glitter.

Essie in As Gold As It Gets, $8.50

Get the Midas touch with this gilded finish.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ultra-Matte Top Coat Flatline, $10

Matte is anything but dull. Kill the shine with this mattifying polish.

Sephora Formula X Sparklers in Law Of Attraction, $12.50

Want your nails to look like tiny disco balls? This 3D effect will give you that sparkle.

JINSoon The Color Field Collection in Polka Black, $18

This black polka dotted polish will have you seeing spots no matter what base coat you choose.

Butter London Petrol Overcoat, $15

Your nails will look pretty slick with this oil-like sheen on them.

Ciate London Twinset and Pearls, $15

Be the girl with the pearls. Ten of them thanks to this pearlescent topcoat that makes your mani fancy.

Nails Inc. Floral in Floral Street Mews, $11

Throw a garden party on your hands with these pastel floral-esque particles.

Maybelline Color Show Street Art in Blue Beats, $4

When you don’t want your polish to look too polished, layer this gritty lacquer on top.

M.A.C Cosmetics Texturize Top Coat, $12

It’s far too hot to wear your fave leather jacket, but at least you can get the look of it on your nails.