Carrie Underwood: One Side Braid and 10 Painted Nails

I know this is supposed to be about Carrie Underwood‘s new nail polishes. But I cannot get over her side braid. It’s a whole new look for her, and I am madly in love with it.

It’s how Underwood’s hair is styled for this Nicole by OPI photo shoot and the behind-the-scenes video that goes with it. She’s in all kinds of great dresses, too. Big ones, tiny one, sparkly ones.

And yes, all 10 of her nails look gorgeous, too.

“As far as my nails, I just like being dramatic onstage and having fun and doing something that I might not do in my everyday life,” she said. “It’s all about, for me, playing a character. I would definitely throw on my shade — my signature shade — or something a little darker.”

That signature shade is called Carrie’d Away, and it’s kind of a sheer glittery gold.

Manicurewise, Underwood says that her must-haves on the road are things that make her life easier. Like drying drops and quick-drying top coat.

“I just don’t have a lot of time,” she said. “I want to paint my nails and make them pretty and get ‘em dry and go,” she said.

There are 14 colors in the collection, including Carnival Cotton Candy (bright pink), Backstage Pass (shimmery burgundy with a touch of gold), Love My Pups (a pale pink that looks good on everyone), Color Me Country (one shade deeper than a pale pink), Some Hearts (coral without too much orange), American as Apple Pie (classic red) and Fisher Queen (bright creamy purple).

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.