Archive for the ‘Nail Makeup’ Category

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

Just because you aren't spending all your summer days lounging at the beach doesn't mean you can't pretend. Bring the fun, sand and sun to your nails with a beach-inspired manicure, which with the right nail colors, can make you feel just a little bit closer to the waves.

Dreaming of the ocean? Try a glittered aqua hue, like the Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer in Seafoam Splendor by the Lippman Collection. This brilliant hue is the perfect eye-popping shade against a bright white bikini, but looks just as great with denim during the day. As an added benefit, Lippman's formulas are great for nails – leaving them stronger and more nourished than ever before.

Eager to soak up some rays? Put some sunshine on your fingertips with the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road. This dandelion yellow is sure to brighten your day, even if you're stuck in traffic or at the office. 

And if you're longing to sink your toes into the sand, opt for the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Believe. A shimmering taupe, this stunning shade is more than your basic, go-with-everything neutral. The metallic hue looks especially eye-catching against a tan, and adds glitz to a simple black dress. Apply an extra coat for an even more intense finish.

The best part? These lacquers are quick-drying and long-lasting, meaning your manicure will be chip-free for days – even if you make it to the beach after all.

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

       
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

Glittery fingernails are all the rage, but you may find you're not totally comfortable rocking this style in a corporate environment. Don't worry – there are a few ways you can add some sparkle to your tips while keeping them appropriate for everything from summer weddings to office functions. 

An easy way to make glitter nails suit a business setting or elegant occasion is to use metallic colors, as opposed to neons or jewel tones. Silver and gold sparkles can work with a variety of outfits and are subdued enough to still look professional in the office. You can even choose glitter nail polish that has flecks of varying sizes – larger chunks of glitter will be bolder, while smaller sparkles will give you a more subtle effect. 

If metallic shades are still too much for you, consider testing out the trend with what's known as a "party nail." While most of your fingers may be adorned with your typical shade, one nail is singled out with a little bit of extra bling. Adding glitter nail polish to just a single nail allows you to participate in this hot style while still keeping a clean and sophisticated look. 

Although dressing up your nails with a few sparkles is fun, taking off glittery polish isn't always as great. With the help of a few simple tips, however, you'll be able to use nail primers and removers easily to change the color to match your mood and style. For instance, try using a piece of crafting felt soaked in nail polish remover to remove the polish – its fibers will swiftly swipe away stubborn flecks of glitter. 

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means many revelers around the U.S. are putting together their best red, white and blue outfits to wear to celebrations. Why stop at your clothes? Hair and makeup need just as much attention during this summer holiday. 

You already know you've got to protect colored hair from the sun, but you should also be on the lookout for ways to show off some makeup tricks when you're attending a family barbecue or enjoying a day off at the beach. 

Many party goers want to look natural for their Independence Day celebrations. You may want to gravitate toward nude makeup for a subdued look, but you can add a dash of fun with bright red lipstick or nail polish in a patriotic color. 

If you're planning on jumping in the water during your party, be sure to prep your skin with body scrubs and exfoliates. These treatments will have your skin feeling clean and refreshed, not to mention primed for tanning time under the sun. Of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays and painful sunburns. Even if this lessens the tan you end the day with, you can always turn to tinted moisturizers to give you a healthy glow. 

Nail art reigns supreme as 2013 rolls on

       
Monday, April 29th, 2013

Nail art reigns supreme as 2013 rolls on

You might already have plenty of BABOR cosmetics and True makeup to keep your skin looking beautiful, but what about your nails? Just because you don’t spend most of your days looking down at your fingers doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve some TLC! In fact, nail art is becoming incredibly popular as 2013 rolls on.

One trend that’s already been seen on runways this year is shiny manicures, according to Glamour magazine. This means opting for a simple nail polish to show off your tips in addition to giving it some pizzazz with a flashy top coat. If you don’t want to go crazy with your nails, this might be just the style for you.

Other notable trends that are popping up include rhinestones and detailed graphics, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Everyone from teens to soccer moms are asking for these types of manicures to transform their nails into accessories.

If you want to go glam with your nails this season, just remember to take care of your nails along the way. Give them a break from nail polish and let them breathe once in a while. Treat your cuticles with moisturizer to keep them in tip-top shape.

Making your nails look fabulous this season

       
Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Making your nails look fabulous this season

You might have the perfect spring makeup to commemorate the changing seasons, but what about your nails? As trends in cosmetics change, so do nail styles! One that’s becoming popular is embellished nails, according to Grazia Daily magazine. Gone are the days when nail art reigned supreme – today’s fingers are all meant to be shocking and edgy.

If you don’t want to be left behind, there are a few ways you can take advantage of the trend. Marie Claire magazine recommends using unique decorative accents such as foil – yes, foil – to jazz up your nails. These can easily be applied by a professional to give you a glamorous manicure for spring 2013.

Not into the idea of utilizing unusual materials? Style Bistro claims that more celebrities are opting for original art on their nails to make a memorable impression. This means more than just a small, cutesy flower on your pinky nail. These days, it’s all about creating masterpieces on each nail to wow the crowd.

If you want to keep it simple and avoid drawing too much attention, you can always opt for a nude nail polish for your fingers, which is still a hot trend this season.

Three secret tips for maintaining painted nails

       
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Three secret tips for maintaining your painted nails

You might be a pro at maintaining your cuticles and keeping your nails clean, but do you know how to apply nail polish properly? If you're constantly finding your home manicure chipping after just two or three days, you might need to revamp your strategy. Here are a few key tips for making sure your nails look as beautiful as the day you painted them at the end of the work week.

1. Apply more than one coat
If you don't have time to apply more than one coat of polish, wait until you do! Multiple coats are essential to ensuring that your nails stay colorful for an extended period of time.

2. Use a top coat
A clear top coat is crucial once you're finished using a colored polish. This can make your nails more durable and keep the polish on them for longer.

3. Reapply protection daily
It might take a little extra effort, but Become Gorgeous states that adding an extra layer of clear top coat every day can ensure that your manicure stays in place.

By taking these three tips into account, you'll have beautiful nails to show off without chips or peeling for a longer period of time.

Are you missing one of these 10 manicure must-haves?

       
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Do you have all the tools you need for an at-home manicure?

There’s nothing like giving yourself a manicure to dress up your hands and save money on salon costs, but do you have all of the supplies you need to get the perfect paint job at home? Here’s a checklist of the 10 things you need for a fabulous manicure every time.

1. Hand lotion. AHAVA – Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream is perfect for softening and smoothing hands before polishing.

2. Cuticle oil. This stuff will keep your cuticles hydrated and easier to push back.

3. Orange stick. Very handy when it’s time to remove gunk under your nails and push back cuticles.

4. Nail buffer. Great for evening out ridges and creating a smooth nail surface.

5. Nail file. Essential for shaping the nail into an attractive style.

6. Base coat. Smoothes the surface and gives nail polish something to stick to.

7. Nail polish. A high-quality polish from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers provides color.

8. Top coat. Adds shine and long-lasting protection from chips.

9. Drying drops/spray. Makes your manicure dry much faster.

10. Nail polish remover. Good for cleaning up the cuticles after polishing.

With these 10 tools, you should have everything you need to carry out the coolest new nail trends!

Three tips for taking off gel nail polish

       
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Gel nail polish can be hard to remove - but not with these tips!

Gel nail polishes are popular these days, not just because they have a high-gloss finish, but because they last for weeks without any signs of wear! But since these polishes are designed to stay on for the long haul, it can be tough to take them off without damaging your natural nails. Here are three tips to help you out.

1. Buff the top coat before removal. Use a nail buffer to lightly rough up the top layer of gel polish before you start the removal process. This will allow the nail polish remover to penetrate to the layers underneath.

2. Soak them in acetone. Pure acetone is available at most drug stores, and it’s best qualified to take off that tough gel polish. Soak your fingertips in a warmed-up bowl of acetone for 15 minutes, then you should be able to use an orange stick to begin scraping off the softened polish. You could also try soaking a cotton ball in the acetone, placing it over your nail and using tinfoil to keep it in place. Do this for all 10 nails.

3. Use the Lippmann Collection Gel Lab Nail Treatment Duet. Instead of slaving over the removal process, use this base and top coat set to give your nails the look and durability of gel polish without the tough-to-remove formula. Any regular nail polish remover will get the job done when it’s time to take it off!

Three ways to show off your toes in holiday party footwear

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Wondering how to paint your toes for a holiday party?If you have a bunch of holiday parties coming up and a selection of open-toed shoes to wear to each one, you might be wondering how you're going to paint your toenails. Polished toes look pretty and sophisticated, but which color polish will you choose? Consider these three ideas.

1. Nude. If you want your toes to look long and lean while putting the focus on your footwear instead of your feet, try nude polish that matches your skintone. Everyone will be commenting on how great your shoes are!

2. Match the shoe. It might also be a good idea to paint your nails the same shade as your footwear. Whether you're donning black, fuchsia, jade or blue sandals or peep-toes, a matching shade of polish will make your outfit look complete.

3. Contrast. For an unexpected pop of color, why not choose a shade of nail lacquer that contrasts your footwear shade? This might be fun if you have a couple of accessories that match too. For example, pair blue polish with pink shoes and a pink dress, then choose a blue necklace or clutch.

Top 5 winter-inspired manicures

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Need a nail polish idea for winter?Although it's not winter yet, the temperatures are dropping. By now, you've probably taken your cozy sweaters out of storage and stocked your pantry with hot chocolate, so why not get even further into the winter spirit by giving yourself a winter-themed manicure? Here are the top 5 ideas to try.

1. Snowflakes. Even if you live somewhere where snow isn't a possibility, it'd still be fun to paint snowflakes on your nails with white nail polish. Add a coat of Lippmann Collection – Bring On The Bling Nail Lacquer on top for sparkle.

2. Tree branches. The leaves are all gone by now, which leaves behind plenty of interesting branch shapes to look at. Use a black or brown polish to paint spidery twigs across your nails.

3. Metallics. Something about a cool metallic shade seems cold and wintery, so go for a silver, gold, bronze or copper color from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

4. Holiday colors. Whether it's red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah or black, green and red for Kwanzaa, you can't go wrong by alternating holiday colors on your nails.

5. White glitter. Use white glitter polish to create a French manicure by painting layers of it on your nails, concentrating it more on the tips with each coat. It'll be like the tips of your fingers are frosted!