Dress up your fingertips with the latest sparkly colors by some of Japan’s top beauty brands, or with this season’s most popular nail art designs.


Nail Laquer Starry Navy 

This beauty is one of five colors making up Jill Stuart’s “Nail Lacquer R (2016 Fall Collection)” which hit stores in August. Like the night sky scattered with stars, this deep navy glitter polish gives a beautiful, smooth finish that dries super quickly. It also contains rosemary extract, lavender oil, and avocado oil ensuring your nails stay moisturized through Japan’s dry winter weather.

¥1,500, www.jillstuart-beauty.com

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Nail Color Classic Grey, Classic Silver, Classic Khaki

Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, Japanese brand RMK’s fall/winter 2016 range seeks to recreate the iconic beauty of stars such as Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rita Hayworth. Complementing their metallic eye shadows, these three shades provide a shimmering touch of glamor.

¥1,500, rmkrmk.com

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Metal Rose, Punk Poetry, No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn, Walk This Way

One of our current favorite local brands, Three launched their fall 2016 range in August under the name “Walk the Line.” These four deep, rich nail colors are perfect for easing into cooler weather, while their gentle glitter glow ensures the mood stays light. They also include moisturizing organic ingredients such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, and rosehip oil, and their oxygen-permeable formulation allows your nails to breathe.

¥1,800, www.threecosmetics.com 




Nail Polish Volcano

Created in 2009 by New York-based Japanese make-up artist Ayako, who has worked alongside big names including Karl Lagerfeld, Steven Meisel, and Terry Richardson, Addiction is known for producing high quality cosmetics with a luxurious yet no-frills finish. The brand’s fall 2016 range is called “Modern Nostalgia” and launched on August 5, and we’re already madly in love with their pretty glitter-based nail colors.

¥1,944, www.addiction-beauty.com



We spoke to the team at Joli Nails to find out more about this season’s most popular designs…


“For fingernails, we recommend staying classy and office friendly, but you can still mix and match to keep things interesting,” says Mitsue. See-through hues, whites and nudes on short, oval or square-shaped nails are currently top of the pops. Enhance the look with emulated rhinestones, pearls, seashells, marble effects, and gold details (including plated gold for those who want to splash out). “If you’re longing for a pop of color, highlight only one part of the nail or ask for color gradation.”

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“While we like to keep things fairly toned down on fingertips, we like to go a little wilder on the toes,” says Mitsue. Black polish with interesting patterns is popular at the moment, but so are bright hues such as hot pink or flashy tomato red. To add a final flourish, ask for glittery highlights on one or more of your nails.

Look out for Joli Nails’ “Nagomi Collection at Grand Hyatt Tokyo” which is inspired by Japanese ceramic art and is set to debut soon at Grand Hyatt’s Nagomi Spa and Fitness.

www.jolinails.jp, 03 6721 9669, #jolinailstokyo