From the Oscars to the Grammys, award shows are guaranteed to bring on manicures galore. See the major polish moments from the biggest red carpet events of 2013, including the most recent Billboard Music Awards.
When it comes to Cannes Film Festival, some people are focused on the actors, others on the fashion, but we are zooming in on the manicures. The glamorous dresses call for equally exciting nail designs. Get an up close look at the best nail art and polish spotted in the South of France.
When it comes to Cannes Film Festival, some people are focused on the actors, others on the fashion, but we are zooming in on the manicures. The glamorous dresses call for equally exciting beauty looks and nail designs. Get an up close look at the best nail art and polish spotted in the South of France.
Nail art is a regular occurrence on the red carpet, but we've been seeing stars sporting a variety of geometric nails as of late. Demi Lovato showed off a black manicure accented with three metallic stripes over the weekend, while Kerry Washington paired her black polish with a white chevron tip to complement her dress at the recent Peeples premiere. January Jones also got into the graphic trend, sporting a classic red polish topped with a black triangle accent at the base of her nails for an edgier take on the moon manicure. We even saw geometric nails on the New York Fashion Week 2013 runways, so clearly this trend is here to stay. You can get similar looks, too, with these nail art tutorials:
Do your bed-creased nails a favour June 1, and buy these nail drying drops. I've never been sold on the idea of drying drops until I recently tried Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops ($14.95). I paint my nails up to three times a week but the problem? I usually do them late at night. In bed. You can imagine what my perfect manicure looks like in the a.m. — 10 mini bed sheets! I used these drying drops after applying my topcoat (PS — loving Dior Gel Coat) and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Touch-dry in under a minute.
You simply wait 60 seconds after applying the topcoat, then apply one to two drops on each nail. The other plus is the formula is enriched with vitamin E and jojoba, so I felt like I was getting a cuticle treatment at the same time. I didn't lose any shine from the topcoat and two days in, still no chips. This product doesn't claim to aid chip resistance, but I feel like its played a part in my still perfect manicure. Available at Priceline on June 1.
You've bought your own gel manicure kit, but now what? With so many bottles and tools contained within, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start. Here a few pro tricks and tips to ensure your manicure stays long-lasting, featuring the Gelish Basix Kit ($39.95). On Kirbie: Forever 21 necklace and Cameo shirt.
From the amazing soundtrack to the designer costumes, there's plenty of Jazz Age inspiration from The Great Gatsby, and I turned to the art deco style of the period for this striking nail design. This look is surprisingly easy to DIY; all you need are scissors, tape, and black and gold polish.
First, I applied two coats of Nails Inc. Black Taxi (for a similar look try: Opi Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx, $19.95) over my base coat. Once my nails were dry, I started cutting pieces of tape into small triangles to form the angular design. (You can see how the technique works from this starburst nail art tutorial.) I placed the cut pieces of tape onto the parts of my nail that I wanted to stay black, using three pieces of tape per nail to create four gold points shooting out from the base of my nail. Once the tape was laid down, I went over my nails with the gold-toned Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti (for a similar look try: Butter LONDON in The Full Monty Nail Polish, $22). I made sure to rip the tape off right after, or else you won't get crisp lines as the polish dries. Next, I added a little flapper flair with the glittering Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow (Or try: Face of Australia Gliterati Nail Enamel in Dancing Queen, $4.95) on top of the gold polish. Seal everything in with your favourite top coat, throw on a sparkling headband, and you're ready to hit a Gatsby party.
Chanel presented its Resort 2014 collection in Singapore last week, and the slightly punky hair and electric-blue eye makeup is something to emulate. This season, why not take a risk and try your hand at vibrant makeup hues and coifs that are both cool and functional. The rich black and neon blue eye makeup, coupled with over-exaggerated, swooped bangs, provided the perfect accompaniment to designer Karl Lagerfeld's spectacular creations. See all the looks up close here and get the exact makeup shades used backstage.
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