The holidays are here, and it’s time to get festive! While you’re looking for the perfect little dress (or an ugly Christmas sweater) to take you event hopping throughout the season, why not liven up your makeup and add a little sparkle? Red and gold are the perfect pairing to keep you merry and bright, and I put together a few ideas to get the party started.
It’s safe to say that nail art isn’t going anywhere. One of my all-time fave looks is the half moon mani. We’ve seen variations on the look (glitter, studs etc.), which are all equally awesome. It looks so easy when a pro does it, but mastering the look yourself? Not so much. Or so I thought.
I asked Joey Chin a manicurist at the Townhouse Spa in New York for a quick tutorial. A piece of scotch tape turned what I thought to be a majorly daunting project into a super easy, professional nail art look. Here’s how it’s done:
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A quick and easy DIY half moon manicure. Demonstrated by Joey Chin of Townhouse Spa in NYC.
Nail art has taken a much needed break from the over the top and over done trends of these past seasons. Cluttered with glitter, jewels, add-ons and textures, nails have gone a little too wild to be practical. Don’t get me wrong- nail designs at the moment are anything but boring. They are polished, patterned, and pretty, but don’t require the steady hands of a surgeon to achieve.
Nail artists at NYFW toned nail art down with sophisticated, classy, and refined patterns that still exude beauty. Get inspired by the upcoming winter months and try cooler shades in snow white and icy lavender, shown below. If you (like I am!) are still wishing for summer, try your hand at an overlapping light pink and creamy yellow pattern like the one seen at Christian Siriano. There’s no wrong way to do this beauty trend!
- Caroline Johnson
I’m all about the holidays right now! I love this time of year because it’s always so magical and fun for me and my family. Believe it or not, there is already holiday music playing 24/7 on 2 of my favorite radio stations right now. They started on November 1st!
Oh, yes… the holiday magic is in the air!
When it comes to the holidays, I go ALL out every single year. From my fashion to my beauty to my home… I get myself completely into the spirit of things!
Right now I’m into finding some cool ways to do my nails for the holidays. I want some clever, eye-catching nails… I want my sons to think they are really cool and I want to make sure I keep my nails decorated now through the end of the year! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some adorable “Holiday Manicures” and I have 5 of them that I am totally obsessing over!
Here are 5 Holiday Manicures to get you in the Festive Spirit:
1) Love how easy this nail art is, it’s very festive and gives you a sequin sparkle!
2) I love the glitter – red, green, silver and gold! You can wear this throughout the season and be MERRY!!
3) Classic Candy Cane. Love it! So simple and so much fun!
4) Present time! I love the cute factor of this look. It’s just a great manicure for a holiday party!
5) This reminds me of a comfy, holiday sweater! I just think this manicure is perfect for holiday vacation and rest/relaxation time!
I’m addicted to manicures. I love, love, love them.
There’s something about seeing my nails all done “nice and neatly” when I kick off my day. In the fall, I usually tend to crave darker colors for my nails – black, navy blue, dark green and red. To me, a dark color just screams FALL!
Well… I’m not addicted to a new nail treat – Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat.
It is the COOLEST thing ever and the perfect way to add a little va-va-voom to your nails and already existing manicure. I’m literally screaming how amazing Fuzzy Coat is from the rooftops, I just love it!
I’m telling you, it’s the greatest thing to add into your nail collection. It’s so easy to use (on your own) and it’s just simply adorably fun!
Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. I love to dress up. I love to have spooky fun with my kids. It’s just a total-blast for me!
What I love about Halloween is that I can have some “beautiful” fun all month long, it doesn’t just have to be on October 31st! I love finding cool and unique and fun ways to bring in some Halloween magic without worrying about looking “overboard!”
One of my favorite ways to have a little beauty-fun throughout the month is with my nails. Now… I’m going to be honest here, I’m HORRIBLE at decorating my nails. I’m a plain-Jane girl when it comes to my nails. I can’t do the nail art on my own, so I really have to stick with what I know and what I think I can manage… which is a basic color and that’s about it.
Every October, these 5 colors are in my beauty arsenal because they exude Halloween, fun and a little witchy-magic. (Seriously, my sons call my black nails “witchy!” and I love it!) Add a little Halloween magic to your nails all by yourself!
1) Orange – Oh, yes… orange! I love this color because it’s vibrant, it’s bold and it’s perfect for Halloween!
2) Black – My FAVE color of all! I love, love, love black for my nails. I actually wear this year-round, but I love it during the month of October because it definitely is witchy!
3) Gold – I love gold because it’s the kind of color that stands out. It’s mysterious and spooky and lots of ghoulish fun!
4) Dark Purple – If you don’t feel comfortable wearing black, this is a great alternative! It’s fancy, yet perfect for Halloween.
5) Dark Green – This is a wild, funky and fabulous color! I love it for Halloween because it’s just that kind of different color that’s great for the holiday!
I still remember the moment I bought my first Chanel Vamp nail polish in the early ’90s. During a time of genius music, but questionable fashion and even makeup (brown Sharon Chersky (of My So-called Life fame) lipstick, anyone?) something straight-up AWAKENED in me when first vamplified my tips. Put on Nirvana’s Nevermind and lace up your Docs because the ’90s are back in full effect from a beauty perspective. Here, the deeper and deeper (to quote Biggie Smalls) maroon hues you need this fall.
Urban Decay Nail Color in Vice, $15 at Sephora
A post-millennial take on a classic deep oxblood hue, bedazzled with red and blue micro-shimmer practically screams to be paired with a delightful spiky bootie.
Tom Ford Lipstick in Bruised Plum, $49 at Neiman Marcus
Reminiscent of iconic MAC lipstick in Fetish, which ruled the ’90s, this creamy, luxe take on the deep raisin hue looks best applied via a lip brush and with minimal eye makeup.
MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick In Fixed On Drama, $15 at maccosmetics.com
Speaking of MAC, their 2013 iteration of dusky lip hues are equally, if not more impressive. Fixed On Drama serves up all the retro texture and vintage glamour of eras past in a garage-band decade color. The whole Retro Matte collection boasts tons of wearable shades, but if you want Dynasty levels of drama, it’s all about this one.
Deborah Lippman 99 Luftballons Nail Polish $19 at Sephora
A rich base of deep fuchsia contrasts with a healthy smattering of multi-sized glitter for a non-sheeritating finish. Rock two coats for super-sparkly tips.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Nail Polish in 602 at GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.com
Create a rich, cream pigmented vampy manicure yielding ten days of chip-free shine. Armani’s foray into nail lacquer is a success! Put it on and welcome leather weather.
Do you believe in vamplication of the nation? What’s on your nails this fall?
What if I told you that these amazing nails were created with a few packs of press ons and a pair of scissors? True story. It might look like an intricate design that was painted by a steady hand, but the nails created for Katie Gallagher, by Casey Herman of Kiss Nails, was not only 3-D but also included zero drying time. Want to know how to recreate the look? Follow their steps, below:
•Select the correct size imPRESS nail in ‘High Hopes’ to be used as the base shade for all 10 fingers
•Take the second imPRESS shade (alternating between ‘All Fired Up’ and ‘So, So Stellar’) and find the same size nail as
•Starting at the rounded cuticle side of the nail, cut a diagonal on either side to create a V shape, then repeated on the
other side of the nail, creating a longer diagonal cut (step 2)
•Next, peel off the tab and adhere the second layer onto ‘High Hopes’
•For the final layer, repeat step 2 with the final imPRESS shade, cutting the nail into a smaller shape so that it fits inside the second layer
•Peel off the tab and adhere to the second layer, then apply final nail art look onto clean nails.
**Tip: Clean natural nails first with prep pad included for best results.
•Finish off the look by filing the base imPRESS nail to create a rounded shape
•imPRESS Press-On Manicure in ‘High Hopes’
•imPRESS Press-On Manicure in ‘So, So Stellar’
•imPRESS Press-On Manicure in ‘All Fired Up’
What do you think? Will you give it a shot? I’ve already picked up the nails I need, and plan on recreating it as soon as I have my gel manicure soaked off!
There’s one thing I have been consistently doing all summer long that I have really loved and enjoyed — manicures! I’ve LOVED having my nails done in fun, bright and bold colors all summer long. The thing I love about about manicures is that you can easily (and quickly) change your look in 20 minutes. I’ve had a blast this summer “surprising” my boys with my new weekly color.
Usually with the start of Fall, I stop getting manicures. Honestly, I don’t know why. I’m making a beauty resolution to continue my manicures each week (or bi-monthly) with the changing of the seasons.
So what colors will be hot for Fall for your nails!? What will I be gushing over??
There are some FALL-ulous beauties!
Essie Fall 2013, After School Boy Blazer – I LOVE this dark blue. It’s absolutely perfect for “Back-to-School” time, especially for me with 4 sons. I love the drama of this color, it’s deep and it’s bold.
British Racing Green Nail Lacquer – With the birth of Prince George, it’s all about the Brits right now! I LOVE this striking green. It’s just gorgeous and luxurious and beautiful.
NARS Gold – Oh, yes! It’s a HIT! Solid gold. I love the metallic bling and fabulousness of this color for the Fall. It truly goes with any kind of outfit you’ll be sporting.
Essie Fear or Desire – Orange. You can’t go through the Fall without Orange. It’s vibrant. It’s bold. It’s totally-Fall.
Deborah Lippman’s DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – I’m obsessed with this color. It’s absolutely LOVELY. I have to say, it’s like the poster color for FALL. I love the deepness and the beauty of it. It’s my MUST WEAR for Fall.
Spice up your lacquer life (and save time!) with textured nail polishes. I’m wearing Zoya’s Carter here.
Textured nail polishes are a quick and easy way to update your wardrobe of nail treats for tips and toes.
Unlike traditional nail polishes that dry to a slick, smooth finish, textured polishes dry to something rougher and bumpy.
It sounds a little weird, I know, but they can also look and feel very cool — like you dipped wet nails in a bowl of sugar.
1. You can skip the top coat
And they shave minutes off my manis and pedis because with textured polishes, you purposefully skip the top coat, since adding one would sort of defeat the purpose. In this case, we don’t want something that’s going to smooth the nail’s surface.
2. Spectacular wear time
I’ve noticed that when I wear a textured nail polish, it lasts forever!
Okay, not forever. But a long time — long like a glittery nail polish, which are famous for how they latch onto nails and won’t let go! Generally, textured polishes last longer and chip less than regular nail polishes, and that means being able to go longer between times when I paint my paws.
3. You can skip a base coat, too
With a textured polish, you can also ditch your base coat if you’re really pressed for time. Base coats can even out the ridges on the surface of your nails, but since there really aren’t any discernible ridges when I wear a textured polish, where the edges are purposefully rough and uneven, I’ll usually skip it (the base coat, that is).
This fall, textured polishes are getting lots of love, and quite a few lines have released them. If you’re unsure where to start, here are three of this year’s standout shades to try.
OPI Alcatraz…Rocks Liquid Sand Nail Polish ($9)
If you like edgy nail polish colors, try OPI’s Alcatraz…Rocks Liquid Sand Nail Polish ($9), a glittery black in OPI’s new San Francisco collection (Bay Area represent!).
Zoya’s PixieDust Polish in Carter ($9)
One coat of Zoya’s purple PixieDust Polish in Carter ($9) will leave you feeling like royalty.
Zoya Tomoko ($9)
Looking for something more subtle than that? Check out Zoya’s delicate golden Tomoko ($9).
What do you think of textured nail polishes? Do you think they’re here to stay or just a fad?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,