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How to create the perfect plaid mani

       
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

How to create the perfect plaid mani

Come fall, plaid is everywhere you look – from miniskirts to blazers and parka linings. Now, the print is making its way to your nails, thanks to designers like Prabal Gurung and style icons like Diane Keaton. The best part? This pattern is both trendy and timeless.

If you’re looking for some runway-inspired nail art that perfectly pairs with your favorite outfits this season, or you just happen to have a penchant for plaid, here’s how to create the look yourself:

  1.  First thing’s first: Apply your base coat. The Lippmann Collection’s Fast Girls Quick-Dry Base Coat helps to nourish and strengthen your nails for a smoother surface. This ensures that each layer of polish and every line adheres more evenly, making for a cleaner design.
  2. Next, choose your background color. Any light shade of nail lacquer will work, such as ivory or powder pink. The more important thing is that the hue is pale enough so that your plaid design stands out. For the most striking look, stick with a clear base.
  3. Now it’s time to begin your print. Choose a vibrant color, like red or green, and paint a single vertical line off-center on your nail. It’s crucial with this technique to allow each line to dry before applying another. Otherwise, the lines will end up smearing and the pattern won’t be recognizable.
  4. Dip a thinner nail art brush into the same color lacquer and paint a horizontal line that runs across your first one to create a cross section.
  5. For your second polish, it’s best to choose a hue that contrasts the other lines. So if you chose red for your initial lines, opt for navy, or if you originally went for green, try dark purple. Using your nail art brush, paint two slender vertical lines along the sides of your first stroke.
  6. Finally, apply two horizontal lines in this color: One at the bottom of your nail bed near the cuticle and one toward the tip.
  7. While you may be anxious to show off your new mani, be patient and wait for all the lines to dry completely so as not to smudge them. Then apply a glossy top coat to lock in the design. The Umbrella Waterproof Top Coat by the Lippmann Collection provides a water- and chip-proof finish so the look lasts a whole lot longer.

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

Whether or not you’re going all out with a costume this year, a manicure is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking to sport some spooky designs or just festive colors on your nails, here are a few easy but eye-catching ideas:

Franken-nails
If “Frankenstein” is your favorite horror film, why not use the title character for some holiday nail inspiration? For this monster themed mani, start with two coats of the Lippmann Collection’s I Wanna Be Sedated Nail Lacquer. Then carefully divide your nails into several semi-vertical sections by painting on curved lines with black polish. Finally, use a toothpick to add a few cross stitches on the lines.

All eyes on you
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the perfect accent. First, paint a coat of black lacquer on all of your nails as the background. Let the polish dry, then carefully drop blobs of white polish onto each of your nails. Let the dots dry to avoid smearing, then dip a toothpick into the black polish and add dots inside the white circles to create the pupils. For the googly effect, place the black dots off-center and in different directions.

Gruesome glam
This blood-dripped manicure is both frightful and fashion-forward. In fact, according to The Daily Varnish, the idea was inspired by the nail art in one of Prabal Gurung’s runway shows. For the base, you can use any light neutral shade, but the Lippmann Collection’s Pretty Vacant Nail Lacquer is perfect. After applying your two layers of the base color, draw several lines with blood red lacquer at the tip of the nail. Make each line a different length for a realistic dripping effect. Then go back and connect each blob by painting a red line across the nail tip in short strokes. You can even add a few dots of red down toward the base for a more genuine splatter effect.

Candy mani
Looking for a sweeter style? Opt for a candy corn manicure. Start with two coats of bright orange nail polish: For this design to work, it’s crucial to let the base dry completely. Then cut a piece of tape that is roughly 1/3 the length of your nail, place the tape across the center and press it down to make sure it sticks – this will ensure you achieve a clean line. Paint the exposed part of your nail at the cuticle with opaque white lacquer, and the top portion near the tip with a bright yellow hue. Wait five minutes before carefully removing the strip of tape. Finish with a clear top coat to lock in the delicious design.

Runway-inspired nail ideas

       
Friday, October 25th, 2013

Runway-inspired nail ideas

Sometimes pure white or classic red nails just won’t cut it. So when you’re looking to take things up a notch, you might consider some of the looks from recent runway shows: They’re edgy, eccentric and totally eye-catching. Ready to rock a daring mani? Here are three ideas inspired by this season’s hottest couture collections:

Zip it up
Your favorite wool parka won’t be the only thing you’re zipping this season. According to Allure magazine, nail artist Jin Soon Choi achieved this look on models at Prabal Gurung by painting on a matte gold polish and then applying two strips of rich olive green so that a V-shape sliver of gold peered out in the middle. This not only makes it appear as though radiant light is reflecting off the tips, but also makes nails look longer. Choi noted that the skinner the V of green, the greater the lengthening effect. Any colors will work for this design, but it has the most illuminating impact with a metallic base coat. Try silver with a rich eggplant V-shape overlay, or even a pale bronze burgundy.

Bejeweled
Instead of donning a flashy pair of earrings, why not paint some bling on your fingernails? Libertine utilized leftover sequins and gems from their fashion design studios to add a glitzy appeal to models’ manicures, and the process was time-consuming. Allure magazine explained that to get the look, the beauty team started with a gold lacquer for the base, then used toothpicks to apply drops of nail glue to adhere clusters of tiny multicolored jewels. To give the illusion that models had been digging their hands into a treasure chest, they applied the gems from the cuticle to halfway down the nail. You could also use miniscule pearls for an elegant take on this look.

Over the moon
If there’s one major nail trend that was all over the New York Fashion Week runways, it was the half-moon. From Lela Rose to Desigual, this design was everywhere – and according to InStyle magazine, it has been around since the 1930s. If you’re going for a subtle look, follow Jenni Kayne’s lead with a nude and white color scheme. Or, you can go bold like Peter Som with a blue and green combo. Essentially, this modern spin on the French manicure requires you to apply the second shade in a rounded shape over the base lacquer. It’s important to let the first color dry before you paint on the second to ensure a clean line.

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

       
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann

       
Saturday, September 28th, 2013

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann
Your nail polish can say a lot about you - and the new summer collection by Deborah Lippmann has a range of shades that each make a dramatically different expression.

Channeling your inner punk rocker? Brush on “Pretty Vacant,” a ghostly pale grey that works for any season. If you’re looking for a brighter hue, the taxi cab yellow of “I Wanna Be Sedated” screams iconoclast. The sultriest of the bunch, “I Fought The Law” is a sparkling navy that’s stunning for a night out.

But summer’s not over yet – and if you’re still feeling beachy, opt for one of the dazzling hues in the Mermaid Collection. The iridescent cerulean of “Mermaid’s Eye” is enchanting on both fingers and toes, while the twinkling tangerine of “Million Dollar Mermaid” is striking against a glowing tan. For a more traditional look, paint on “Mermaid’s Kiss,” a bubbling blush with flecks of fuschia. “Do The Mermaid” is a luminous lavender that can take you from beach lounging to evening cocktails, and the seafoam sheen of “Mermaid’s Dream” will transport you to Caribbean waters.

Deborah Lippmann’s luxury line of nailcare has won a multitude of awards and has allowed her to work with some of the most stylish stars and trendsetters, from Cher to Sarah Jessica Parker. Since all nail colors by the Lippman Collection are Infused with biotin, green tea and aucoumea, they’re both nourishing and long-lasting.

So go ahead – make a statement with your nails.

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

Rose gold has officially gone from a mere trend to a full-blown obsession. From watches to wedding rings, this pinkish metal has the same glam factor as regular yellow gold, but with a much warmer, more feminine feel.

Now, the hue is making its way into makeup as well. If you're eager to try the shimmering shade yourself, use the same techniques you would for any other metallic accents, or follow these tips for a bolder look that's on-trend and totally irresistible.

Eyes
Rose gold can do wonders for your peepers when incorporated in the right way. Allure magazine explained that while you might consider it a flashy shade, the color can actually work as a neutral base. Just dust a thin layer of a rose gold eyeshadow onto your lids, swipe on black liquid liner and mascara and you have an instantly understated yet alluring look. Or, if you're daring enough to go for something more dramatic, feel free to layer on more pigment and blend with a black shadow that has gold sheen to create a stunning smoky eye. You could even use a rose gold mascara – when you bat your lashes, the shimmer will catch the light in a striking way.

Lips
Don't shy away from rose gold on your lips – the color can give your pucker an unusual luminosity. Keep your makeup natural with just a sweep of espresso-colored eyeliner and mascara to let the lip color really shine. Pale rose shades with just a faint golden iridescence look best on fair complexions, while darker skin tones look striking with a richer rose-tinted bronze.

Cheeks
One of the best aspects of rose gold face makeup is that it works as both a blush and a bronzer in one. Allure noted that it can be worn year round, enhancing your tan in the summer and giving you a boost of radiance when you need it most in the winter. Plus, the shade is flattering on nearly any skin tone. Try applying a pop of shimmer on the cheekbones to highlight them with a gorgeous glow.

Nails
You've likely been rocking a gold shimmer on your nails for quite some time, but rose gold offers a romantic twist. Lacquers in this hue look something like a bottle of pink champagne, and are effortlessly elegant for an evening affair, but just as appropriate with a T-shirt and jeans.

Fall’s hottest nail colors

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Fall's hottest nail colors

If there's any indication that fall is here, it's the changing colors on everyone's nails. Though it might be hard to let go of the neon corals and seafoam greens, there are plenty of alternative hues this season that are just as playful.

Try any of these trendy looks and you might even forget your end of summertime sadness. Plus – they're all bound to pair perfectly with your favorite fall ensembles.

Glitter
Glitter nails aren't a new trend by any means, but they're getting a whole lot edgier this season with multicolored flecks in different sizes. Refinery 29 explained that sparkles work well over a matte lacquer of the same shade, thus giving your nails a textured look. Depending on how big the glitter is, you could end up with the effect of shimmering sand or grainy sea salt. Or, you could also layer a metallic glitter over a clear base. Stick with one coat of glitter for a subtle finish or layer on several for more impact.

Emerald
Jewel tones in general are big this autumn, but Shape magazine reported that Pantone declared deep green the color of the year. The magazine mentioned the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Laughin To The Bank as a top pick. This metallic polish has a high impact glimmer, so Shape recommended keeping your nails clipped short to avoid a garish or tacky look.

Chocolate
From the leaves on the ground to your leather riding boots, brown is all around during fall. Now, it'll be on your nails too – according to Shape, dark chocolate is a great way to rock a neutral shade that isn't boring. Try a glossy formula or pair it with a super shiny top coat to keep the color from looking dull.

Blurple
Despite the silly name, this color is seriously chic, and one of the most popular shades this fall, according to Refinery 29. A fusion between deep royal blue and purple, this rich hue manages to be both eccentric and elegant, meaning it looks just as stunning with a ladylike dress as it does with casual boyfriend jeans.

Fuchsia
Pink isn't just for spring and summer. In fact, electric fuchsia looks striking with some of your staple garments this season, such as navy tweed jackets, eggplant sweater dresses and kelly green pullovers. Refinery 29 explained that the shade can help to liven up neutral outfits that would have otherwise looked drab. Plus, it's far more unexpected and unusual than your typical fire engine red, but it's just as eye-catching.

Naked nails: How to go unpolished

       
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Naked nails: How to go unpolished

As much as nails in bright and glittery shades are fun, it’s OK to leave them naked once in a while. In fact, it can be beneficial to give your nails a break in between manicures. Dermatologist Susan Taylor explained to New York Magazine that applying lacquer frequently often dries out the nails, making them more vulnerable to chipping and breaking. On top of that, polish can stain your nails, and the best way to get rid of any yellowing is by letting them breathe.

Fortunately, nude nails go with anything, so you don’t have to worry about matching your mani to your ensemble. That doesn’t mean letting them go completely, though – there are still a few steps you’ll need to go through to make sure your nails look healthy, neat and generally well-kept.

Clean
Bacteria can build up quickly under the nail, so it’s crucial to keep them trim with a clipper or file. However, Self magazine advised against filing your nails directly after showering, as they’re in a softer, weaker state. Additionally, the source recommended filing in the same direction, as a back and forth motion can break them down. To rid your nails of unsightly discoloration, soak them in Club Soda Fizz Nail Whitening Soak by Nailtini, which simultaneously sanitizes and brightens.

Hydrate
Since there’s no polish to cover imperfections, dryness is more apparent than ever. It goes without saying that it’s important to drink plenty of water, as the signs of dehydration can show up in your nails. Additionally, apply a few drops of cuticle oil every few days and massage into the nail bed for a light, healthy sheen.

As an alternative, Self magazine recommended using Vaseline before bedtime to smooth out cuticles while you sleep. To lock in the moisture, wear a pair of cotton gloves.

Strengthen
Going sans polish is also a great idea if your nails have become weakened, perhaps from too many gel manicures. A top coat isn’t only useful for locking in your lacquer – it can act as a barrier that can prevent nails from breaking or splitting. Brush on two coats of the Lippmann Collection’s Hard Rock Hydrating Nail Hardener to make fragile nails more resilient.

There are also certain things you should avoid while maintaining your unpolished nails. Self magazine explained that dishwashing fluid contains chemicals that can dry out and irritate your hands, so it’s critical to wear gloves. Though it may be tempting, the magazine also warned not to bite your nails – not only are you hindering healthy growth but you’re also risking infection.

Winning looks from the MTV Video Music Awards

       
Monday, August 26th, 2013

Winning looks from the MTV Video Music Awards

We already saw some impressive looks at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this summer, but stars at the VMAs brought beauty to a whole new level. Two major makeup trends emerged this year, which happen to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. While some artists opted for a natural look, others went all out with bold colors and dramatic hairstyles. Either way, these celebs definitely caught some attention for their daring decisions.

Barely there
When you’re rocking an ornate dress, it’s sometimes best to tone down your makeup. In fact, plenty of performers kept their makeup palette neutral so as not to overpower their ensemble. Ciara, who wore an eye-catching Givenchy gown adorned with sparkles and feathers, was one of them. Her dress wasn’t the only thing that was sheer, either – the singer rocked a radiant complexion, natural lips and soft taupe eyeshadow.

Ellie Goulding is another celeb that went for subtle beauty. The British pop star donned an elaborate nude floor-length gown, which was completely covered in silver spikes. Considering her intricate ensemble, Goulding made a wise choice in opting to keep her makeup to a minimum. Barely rosy lips and a faint glow on her cheeks were just enough to complement her stunning outfit.

Supermodel Coco Rocha wins the award for most understated beauty, however. She took a fashion risk by opting for black skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket instead of a formal frock, but her makeup helped to take some of the edge off her striking look.

Shock and awe
Taylor Swift looked like a 1940s Hollywood starlet at the VMAs, which was dramatically different than her typical style. Her chin-length blonde locks were perfectly curled into loose ringlets that recalled Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘do. Meanwhile, red lipstick and nail lacquer added to the elegance and contrasted her navy blue Max Azria gown.

Though Miley Cyrus was rocking red lips as well, her eccentric hair knots and bold eyebrows made for a totally different effect.

Jennifer Hudson hit the nail on the head beauty-wise, wearing makeup fit for a diva. She softened up an edgy black leather pencil skirt, metal choker and chunky cuffs with pale pink lipgloss and a coy cat eye.

Selena Gomez also drew some attention on the red carpet. Sleek, straight locks and vibrant fuchsia lips were the highlight of the nominee’s look, and perfectly complemented a jaw-dropping navy dress.

Trend report: Fall makeup colors

       
Monday, August 19th, 2013

Trend report: Fall makeup colors

Pretty soon you’ll be trading sundresses for sweater dresses and strappy sandals for sturdy riding boots, and you’ll also be swapping out the colors in your makeup bag. As the leaves change, your coral lipsticks and aqua smoky eyes of summer just won’t feel right – but what shades are more seasonally appropriate? Follow this guide and you’ll be right on trend for autumn.

Eyes
Want an alternative to black and brown eyeliner? Beauty High says navy blue is big for fall, and the hue flatters any eye color. Plus, a liquid liner in this color looks polished during the day but can easily be transformed into a smoldering smoky eye at night. Beauty High also noted that grey eyeshadow is a top trend, with runway models for both Derek Lam and Alexander Wang sporting the look. Try contrasting the neutral shadow on your lids with a more vibrant lipcolor for a truly striking effect.

If you’re looking for more impact, Glamour magazine reported that Altuzarra’s models were rocking a black smoky eye with raspberry accents. Another interesting color combo came from the Thakoon runway: Makeup artist Diane Kendal brushed gold glitter on top of a deep blue base for lids that looked like a star-studded midnight sky.

Lips
Who knew wine mouth would be in style? This season, emulate Derek Lam and Louis Vuitton’s models and reach for lip shades in deep Bordeaux and burgundy. To ease into these dramatic shades, Glamour suggested only applying color to the bottom of your pucker and pressing lips together for a more natural looking stain. You could also blot lipstick with a tissue after applying to soften the hue.

Pale-skinned gals might be scared off by deep reds, which can sometimes make them look even more fair. Fortunately, Glamour noted that Phillip Lim’s models rocked an alternative shade that’s just as stunning: cinnamon. For a muted effect, try using a lipliner in this hue and then blending it in with a sheer balm.

Regardless of what lip color you choose, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk told Fox News that it’s time to trade your glosses for more matte formulas as the weather goes from balmy to breezy.

Nails
Nail polishes this summer were bold and bright, but designers toned it down on the runway for autumn. According to Kashuk, nature-inspired nude nails were a top trend, especially in a grey tone. The best part about neutral nails is that they don’t take the attention away from your ensemble, meaning you have the freedom to wear pieces in fun colors and prints.