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.
I recently created a rainbow striped nail look and got tons of requests to do a tutorial about it! I know it is still winter in most places but it is starting to feel like Spring in Los Angeles! Here we will show you how to recreate the look using softer Spring time colors. These precise and uniform stripes will make you look like a pro even if you don’t naturally have a steady hand. You can also make this mani with ANY colors you already have at home as it is extremely versatile.
- Black/Grey Holographic Polish (NCLA “From LA To Anywhere”)
- White Polish (Jenna Hipp “By Invitation Only”)
- Light Purple Polish (Hail Nails “Twerkle”)
- Baby Blue Polish (Hail Nails “Candy Rain”)
- Electric Mint Green Polish (Hail Nails “Electro Kush”)
- Striping Tape
- Top Coat (Seche Vite)
- On a clean and dry manicure paint your nails with two coats of NCLA “From LA to Anywhere” - Allow to fully dry.
- Once your nails have dried, lay down three pieces of striping tape vertically down your nails. Your first strip will go down the exact center splitting your nails in half. Your second and third strip will then go down the middle of each of those sections. Your nails should be split into 4 equal sections. Cut your striping tape with nippers for better precision. Also, be sure to leave striping tape hanging off your nails because you will be lifting up the tape in later steps.
- Take your white polish and clean off the brush into the bottle so that there is very little polish on the stem of the wand. Minimizing the amount of product on your brush will help give you more control and better ensure that you won’t get nail polish everywhere. Paint one of the sections nearest to the side wall with your white polish. Paint the next section with your light purple, then repeat with your baby blue and green polishes. Be sure to clean your brush of product with every color to make sure you only paint each color in its desired section and not running it into the other colors. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
- After you have let the colors dry, take the nippers and peel up each of the pieces of striping tape one at a time. It is important that you have let the colors dry for a few minutes because if the polish is still wet- you will pull up the polish and smudge it.
- Once you have pulled up all the tape you will have perfectly placed rainbow stripes with holographic shimmer in between! Lastly top of your look with a coat of Seche Vite. I love this top coat because it won’t drag any of your nail polish like others do, leaving your nails extra shiny and ready to go!
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