Getting a professional manicure is one of life's simplest and greatest pleasures, but it's not always a smart move to skip rent payments just so you can have good-looking nails (sigh). We have good news for you, though — giving yourself a manicure to rival a professional's is actually so easy — all you need is a little bit of time up your sleeve and the right tools. Got a spare half an hour? Click through our 11-step gallery to see what you need (our last tip is almost too good to be true), and we'll guide you step by step. Isn't it time you took some time for yourself? We thought so!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we're all jumping on board to do our bit. Last week, we brought you ten very cool products (which are on sale now!) that directly help in the fight against breast cancer, but this week we're taking things to a more personal level, and showing you our favourite candy-coloured products. We all love letting out our inner girlie-girls sometimes, so narrowing it down to just two pink picks was kind of tough — but when it comes down to it, these are the products we love the most. From nail polish to lipstick, blush and hair mousse — we'll be wearing all manner and shades of pink until the end of October to raise awareness. Won't you join us? Click through to see and shop what we're loving!
If you're looking for a fun runway look that's still totally wearable, look no further than Milly's Spring 2014 collection. "The girls look like they came out of a steam room," explained Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com. She created the dewy skin using Joanna Vargas Skincare Rejuvenating Serum on the eyelids and along the cheekbones and brow bones. But the cornerstone of the look was the matte red gradient lip, which was created using the Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Cerise in the inner part of the mouth and then dusted with an orange-red blush.
Kevin Ryan with R Session Tools created the easy-to-do bun. "The modern fabrics feel functional, so I wanted to create a style that looks like the girls just threw up their hair with a sense of urgency," he explained. The high messy bun had an element of texture, and Ryan made sure to leave some of the ends out. The nails by Katie Hughes of Butter London featured a white moon on top of a bare nail — "floating nail art," as Hughes likes to call it.
At ICB by Prabal Gurung, Yadim for Mac Cosmetics created an eye-catching look with holographic glitter in the inner corners of the eyes. "Prabal wanted the girls to look like they're going to a '90s rave," he explained. "So it's like she licked her finger stuck it in glitter and put it on her eyes." To balance the look, he kept the skin neutral with just balm on the lips. Katie Hughes of Butter London created nail art to complement the makeup using a sheer glitter polish, Leccy, topped with holographic foil down the centre of the nails.
"We're treating the girls' hair the same way a skater boy would treat his hair," explained lead stylist Anthony Turner for L'Oreal. To create the androgynous look, Turner made sure to down his brush. "There's a messy centre part and we're using Volumetry Root Spray and Fresh Dust to create a dry, matte texture." He used his hands to enhance the each model's natural texture, and then he tucked the hair behind the ears "the way a skater boy would."
Vibrant shots of red were seen throughout the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 collection, and the theme also followed through to the beauty look. Val Garland for Mac Cosmetics created the chic makeup style that featured clean skin with a hint of highlight on the cheeks. The focal point was the cherry-stained lip. Hairstylist Bob Recine for Moroccanoil made sure the face was on full display with his sleek, half-wet/half-dry hairstyle. "This gives the hair a fresh, clean feeling, much like the clothes," he said.
The nails, by Katie Hughes of Butter London, also had a pop of red. "I was inspired by the sheer elegance of the collection," she said. She opted for Pink Ribbon ($22), a sheer pink, on the nails and Pillar Box Red ($22), a bright red, on the toes to pop against the shoes coming down the runway.
We all know daytime nails are kind of subtle, but when it comes to the weekend, we like to give our digits a little bit of crazy, stupid, love. The POPSUGAR editors' are all big nail-painting fans, so you can imagine our excitement when new trends and colours come in! See what we're loving right now, for daytime and party time!
Butter London is known for its punchy polish colors, so it was only a matter of time before the brand released an equally colourful makeup collection. And with long-wear eyeliner, fluorescent-hued mascaras, and vibrant lip colours, the Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection does not disappoint. We're showing you our favourite pieces from the lineup so you can make your shopping list before the collection launches in August in the US. Fingers crossed we see it on our shelves very soon!
As a regular polish-wearer, my never-ending cycle of manicures has left my nails dry and prone to peeling, which is why I don't expose my nails to just any base coat. Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer ($25) provides a perfect layer of nourishment for my worn-out nails. It's formulated with the medicinal herb horsetail to feed nails with nutrients, particularly silica, which is known to strengthen nails and help them grow faster and healthier. Wear it under your favourite polish, or wear it alone for a naturally glossy look. You can use it for as long as you need to help your nails grow out, but the directions indicate you should give your nails a break every four weeks of continued use. Medicine for your nails? Now you know the prescription.
After the craziness of fashion week last week, we spent most of this week catching up on the latest in the land of celebrity, fashion and beauty. POPSUGAR health and beauty editor Alison tried out some so-new-they're-not-on-the-shelves-yet products, and the verdict? The Chanel mascara is a winner, and we've got proof! Fashion editor Ali got a look-see at the styles and trends that are coming our way for Spring/Summer later this year (yep, we're already talking Summer!), and celebrity editor Jess revisted Catching Fire after watching the exclusive trailer that was released at the MTV Video Awards. And, of course, we documented it all — and much more — via Instagram. See our week in pictures when you click through!
Whether you're one to follow trends or not, nails are the easiest way to jump on a new beauty look — and jump we do. But there's no denying that when all the trends (nail art, anyone?) die down, there are a few colours that every woman reverts to. Red is one of them. It's a true classic, one of those rare breeds that goes with everything and suits everyone. Here, we've pulled ten of the best red shades we could find. If you work in a conservative office environment, there's a raspberry-hued version for you. If you can go all out, why not go the sparkly crimson for a bit of fun? Or if you like to keep things simple, you can never go wrong with a bright, cherry red. Tip: keep your nails short. While we loved Ashley Madekwe's talons a few weeks ago, they might not be appreciated as much in the office. Click through for our picks!