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Got A Secret, Can You Keep It – Get The Nail Looks from Pretty Little Liars

By on February 11, 2011
in Celebrity, OPI, Priti
I’m a complete sucker for any type of teen angst drama The CW or ABC Family throws my way. It must be the eternal teenager in me but I couldn’t help but get involved in Pretty Little Liars when it debuted on ABC Family last summer.

I am long time Days of Our Lives fan and I was so sad when Privileged was canceled so I was all in when I heard that Ashley Benson (formerly Abby Deveraux on DOOL) and Lucy Hale (formerly Rose Baker on Privileged) were two of the leads in PLL.

Of course, as a nail polish fanatic how can you watch this show and NOT notice the bold, fun nail colors the leads wear.  I have been curious for a while now as to how the polishes are chosen for each character and exactly what they are wearing but I’m not the only one. Quite a few of you have emailed asking as well. Most recently, the bright blue polish Hanna sported this past Monday has us especially intrigued and thanks to PLL’s Head Makeup Artist Cindy Miguens, I now know what it is.  Read on as Cindy breaks down what the girls wore in episode 116: “Je Suis Une Amie.”

I asked Cindy how the colors are chosen for each character and about the types of brands she uses and this is what she told me;

I have bins of nail polishes from all companies but, mainly organic lines that are formaldehyde free, toluene free and phthalate free, such as Zoya and Priti Nails. At the beginning of each episode, if they want to wear nail polish, the girls pick their color. Mainly according to what they personally like or what their character would wear. We keep them in baggies separated in their makeup drawers, so that the color belongs to the character and no one else uses it on the show. At times, we try to get creative by doing leopard, pokka dots, zebra stripes or painting some a different color. The girls love wearing nail polish.

Aria sported a deep burnished hue called Iberica Iris from Priti.  This polish must dry darker than the bottle pic indicates because it looks pretty vampy on screen.  What I love is that even on television you pick up that hint of bronze.

Hanna’s stand out vibrant blue tips are the result of layering Priti Chelsea Star over Kingfisher Daisy.  I love this combo.  Particularly how it looks blue or purple depending on the light.

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pretty little liars hanna blue nail polish

Spencer kept it classic and chic wearing the opaque nude OPI Polar Bare.

With Emily getting back into competitive swimming it makes sense that she would leave her nails naked. As we all know, nothing wrecks a manicure faster than water exposure.

To get the nail looks from this episode head to (for retailers) and

So where are my fellow PLL fans? Who else noticed Hanna’s nails and was curious about the color? Would you like to see nail polish recaps from future PLL episodes?

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  1. Styrch says:

    I’ve recently become a fan of this show and now I’m obsessed with it. It’s delicious in a Gossip Girl meats Twin Peaks sort of way. I noticed the nails too in that episode so thanks for the breakdown! :)

  2. Arilyn says:

    Love that show and the nail recap was great. Would love to see more!

  3. Annie says:

    This was fun! I’m a fan of this show too and was also wondering about Hanna’s polish in last episode and have noticed some other polishes before.. So yes, I would love to see more nail recaps from PPL!

  4. Jean says:

    I’m probably 15-20 yrs older than the average PLL fan, but I love that show. With 4+ females to dress I love looking at their outfits and polish. Glad to know that I wasn’t the only one wondering what blue polish Hannah was wearing. =)Definitely keep up with the PLL polish recap!

  5. Andrea says:

    I also like PLL a lot. I remember first noticing that the show sports awesome n/p when the leads were all standing outside of Alison’s funeral. They each had short, vampy coloured nails.

    I’d love to see more PLL n/p recaps in the future. Thanks. This is such a good post!

    I’m a long time Young and the Restless fan and Jenna (Tammin Sursok) used to play Colleen on it, just FYI :)

  6. Lauren says:

    I never heard of this show… I may have to check it out. I would loooove a post like this on 90210. They always wear fun polish too. Oh and Marcy Runkle on Californication. :)

    • Zemlet says:

      I totally worked on duplicating the nail looks from Californication. Glad to hear others were noticing the polish.

  7. Janice says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been searching online trying to figure out what the character Hannah Marin was wearing on her nails last week! It’s such a pretty combo! I’ve been obsessed with that show ever since it came out and always love checking their different nail polish colors. Anyway, thanks again!

  8. Tiffany C. says:

    Michelle, thank you so much for this!!! I’v been looking forward to this post and as you already know i would LOVE for a recap on upcoming episodes!!!

  9. NailPolishFan says:

    I love the nail polish of PLL. Especially the first two. The bronze looks really pretty and so does the blue purple combo. Where can you buy Priti nail polish from?

  10. tahillia says:

    YES! I love this. And you should ABSOLUTELY keep doing this for future episodes. I laughed so hard last night when I read your tweet about the jacked up polish in the intro. I have tweeted about it before, too. (I have also tweeted about how much I like the dead chick’s eye makeup, haha.)

  11. Faye says:

    Thank God I’m not the only non-tweener watching the show! I’m 31 years old and it’s my secret guilty pleasure. My little cousin watched it while we were babysitting her for a few days, and got me hooked.

    It’s funny because I’ve noticed the funky polish colors, and I thought once, “I bet Michelle from ALU would know what they are!” Loved this post!

    • Ali says:

      We are the same age! Although I have no excuse for my unadult television viewing behaviour … I don’t think I am ever going to outgrow my teen movie/tv fetish!

  12. Olivia says:

    I love this show! Hannah’s polish was pretty.

  13. Stefanie says:

    Does anybody know a dupe for the Pritis?

  14. Venita says:

    GREAT article. More of these type, please!

  15. Marisa says:

    I love that show and always find myself drawn to thinking about their polish. I think I’m going to buy those polishes they are sooo cute. Great Article.

  16. Barbara says:

    I love love love that show, can’t wait til the next episode comes out!! I’ve been really into Aria’s nailpolish, at least now I know what it is, thanks ;)

  17. saba says:

    i was looking at the pictures for the episode for the coming week and in one of them, i saw someone’s nails and they were white with some sort of colorful uhh.. somethings on them. i’d love to know what those are. the picture caption says that the hands “belong to a Little Liar.”

  18. Amy says:

    Oh yes! Please do PLL polish recaps. I love Pretty Little Liars and I love their nails. It makes all those closeups of their phones so much more interesting.

  19. Rachel says:

    Great post!! I’m also pretty sure Hanna was wearing Black Pearl in the episode when she was in the hospital! I think it was a few weeks ago… Or maybe a month or two. :P

  20. Krystal says:

    I love PLL and was wondering about what was on Hanna’s nails when I saw them! I’m really loving that color that Aria’s wearing, it looks totally different from the bottle color. Thinking I should get it!

  21. MacKenzie says:

    I have been dying to know what colors the girls are wearing…especially Hannah! I noticed the blue color and loved it! I’m glad someone else was wondering the same thing…thanks so much for sharing!

  22. Ramya says:

    Please keep doing nail polish posts on PLL!! Whenever I am watching the show, I always take notice of the colors they are wearing, and it would be awesome to actually know what they have on!

  23. Alison says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I always wonder about the nails when I watch PLL and you got answers! You are the best! Plus, it’s nice to know that another *ahem* woman of a certain age *ahem* watches PLL besides me. ;)

  24. Gina says:

    Someone please tell this woman that there is NO SUCH THING as “organic” nail color! LOL And there never will be. It’s impossible.

  25. Sharon says:

    I LOVE PLL!! I’ve been a fan of the show since day one and have always noticed their nail polish. I loved Hannah’s color but I love Aria’s np the most.

    Thanks for the recap. I would love to see more from PLL

  26. I adore PLL. I’ve read almost all the books

  27. Jmy says:

    Please, Please do polish recaps! There was one episode recently (Know Your Frenemies) where Hanna is sitting outside a coffee shop eating cupcakes and she had all her nails painted the same color except for one nail on each hand was a different color. I would love to know what colors were used and a still picture! Such a clever idea. Thank-You Love the blog!

  28. Melissa says:

    Love this show! Thanks for featuring. :)

  29. Shannon says:

    you should do an article about hanna’s nails when she is forced to eat the pig cupcakes they were like blue and red it was pretty cool looking. i couldnt tell if it was just one was red or more

    • Jmy says:

      The episode was Know Your Frenemies. I thought maybe her pointer finger on one hand and her ring finger on another were different from the rest. Loved the look!

  30. Katie says:

    Thank you so much for posting this!! This show is such a guilty pleasure for me, and I’ve always noticed/loved the nail polishes they use, but as soon as I saw Hanna’s this week I knew I had to have it! And now, thanks to you, I do! :) Keep posting these, pretty please?

  31. Alisa says:

    More episode nail recaps? Yes, please! This is one of my four tv obsessions, and I always notice the nails!

  32. Lydia says:

    Yes! More nail recaps please!

  33. Nicole says:

    This is one of my favorite tv shows and I’d definitely love to see more of these polish recaps!

  34. kirsten says:

    Just scooped up Kingfisher Daisy and Chelsea Star! I saw quite a few other colors that were great, but I have to admit I’m not really a fan of the price just because it seems like alot for what appears to be such a small bottle.

    As for PLL, LOVE it! You should absolutely keep this up and do recaps of the nail looks every week! Aria is probably my favorite (I’d kill for Lucy Hale’s hair!) and the character whose style is most like my own, but its definitely Hanna’s nails that always catch my eye. Thanks for the info!

  35. Ali says:

    This show is totally responsible for my recent nail polish fetish……. the girls nails always look soooo pretty………. Would love polish recaps from this show!

  36. Julia says:

    Would anyone know the name of the hot pink nail polish in the opening sequence of Pretty Little Liars?

  37. devyn says:

    Does anyone know the polish in the opening scene from the hand that sweeps over the dead body’s face? Not the hot pink but the pale sparkly pink? Thank you!

  38. Jennie says:

    Yes! I’m a huge fan of the show! (And, am glad to see I am not the only one who is a bit older than their key demogrphic :) ) I’m always wondering what Aria is wearing on her nails!

  39. Holly says:

    Does anyone know the brand of the dark green nail polish worn by Hanna? I think Aria wore it in an episode also. I love that color!

  40. Becca says:

    You should ask about the green nail polish aria wears on the season finale, you can spot it when she’s at ezra’s and reads spencer’s text, i used to hate dark green nail polishes cause for me they look like a christmas tree, but that one, god, was so pretty!! New dark green lover

  41. LilithGrey says:

    Gosh. I LOVE Hannah’s nails! :D
    And, I fell in love with a polish that Aria wore in a episode (maybe 3 weeks ago) a deep and dark khaki/olive with gold shimmer. If you know something that looks like that PLEASE tell me!!

  42. Jordan says:

    I am looking for the kind of jade green color that aria wore first then emily wore in a later episode. I believe it is american apparel?

  43. alison says:

    i want the cream for hands the hanna give to spencer when she is washing her hands in the season 2 i thinks is in the episode 4 please tell me :)

  44. Tiffany says:

    Hello !!
    I supper Dupper Love Pretty Little Liars

  45. Bonnie says:

    Looking for the gold polish Hanna was wearing this week… any ideas?