Looking for a Valentines Day manicure but aren’t interested in one that involves the obvious red and hearts? Here we will show you how to get this adorably dainty and playful manicure that will be sure to catch your Valentines eye!
- Light Pink Polish (Essie “Minimalistic”)
- White Polish (Azature “Faint White”)
- Make up Sponge
- Nail Glue
- Crystals/pearls embellishments in various shapes/sizes
- Tiny gold sequins
- Piece of aluminum foil
- Dotting Tool
- Seche Vite Top Coat
- On a clean and dry nail plate, paint your nails with two coats of your light pink polish. Allow to dry.
- Put a small drop of while polish onto your piece of aluminum foil. Then take your make up sponge and dip the corner of it into your white polish. Lightly dab white polish on to the tip of your pink nails. Work your way down the nail so that the pink and white slowly blend together. This will create a subtle pink to white gradient.
- You are now going to start placing your gems onto the nail. First dab a small amount of your brush on nail glue where you plan on placing your gem around the tip of your nail. Then using your dotting tool dipped in top coat- pick up and place one of your larger crystals anywhere near the tip of the nail. It can be in a different spot on each nail. Though all your nails will match each other- they don’t all have to be uniform. It is fun if all of them look a little unique!
Once you’ve place your first larger gem, next place a few smaller ones around the first one. You want the gems to be fuller near the tip and not as many towards the base of the nail.
- After you have placed all your gems fill in any bare spots near the tip of the nail with gold sequins. You can pick up the gold sequins the same way you pick up your gems. (Be sure to use nail glue when setting the sequins the same way you would with your gems and crystals.) You can also place some sequins around the mid section of the nail and more towards the base. This will help give the effect that all the embellishments fell into place!
- Lastly use a super thick top coat to secure all your gems into place. The top coat combined with the nail glue really ensures that all your nail embellishments will last on your nails a long time!
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Below is a step-by-step on how to achieve my look from the Superbowl weekend.
- I began with combing the hair into a deep side part.
- Next, I blew out Shay’s hair using Phyto “Volumizing Spray" at the roots and created waves using a 2-inch iron, wrapping hair outside the iron.
- I then wrapped pieces together in rope like sections and let cool (this gives the waves a more natural shape that doesn’t look like it came from a curling iron).
- Once cool and set (about 10 min) I broke up the pieces using Carol’s Daughter “Healthy Hair Butter” to separate hair and give it tons of shine.
- Finish by teasing a section at the crown and spraying with Sebastian “Shaper Fierce” hairspray for long lasting hold.
- I started by using a small amount of Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer in Sand under the eyes and on any other areas where needed.
- Next I applied her foundation with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. I used the new Nars Radiant Cream compact foundation mixing Macao and Fiji.
- Next I used the Macao (the darker shade) and contoured the edges of her face (temples, under the cheekbones and Jaw) to add dimension to her complexion.
- Her brows were lightly filled in using Cle De Peau brow palette #2 just to strengthen her already full brows.
- I started by lining her top lash line with Black Pencil #4 from Armani making sure to fill in-between the lashes.
- Next I applied a wash of color over her eye in a Taupe eye shadow, Blondie from Nars. I started at the lash line and blended it up and out.
- Next I used a deeper Brown matte eye shadow, Bali from Nars and defined her crease.
- For a finishing touch I applied a matte burgundy eye shadow to the outer edges of the eye in a sideways “V” shape and along the bottom lash line to extend and elongate the eye.
- I finished off with Black mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
- For the lips I applied a deep vino shade using Tom Ford lip stick in “Black Orchid”
- Using a lip brush I applied a coat, then blotted the lip with a single ply tissue and reapplied twice more for longer staying power and then blotted again.
- Lastly I dusted on Nars blush in Dolce Vita that slightly picked up the red wine tones in the lip and eyes.
- Then I applied Sonia Kashuk Highlighter stick in Sparkling Sands to the high points of her face (top of the cheekbone, bridge of nose, tip of chin and center of forehed) for a dewy glow.