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Spring Manicure Trends

       
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Spring Manicure TrendsSpring is the traditional time for rebirth and renewal, which makes spring the perfect season for trying out new styles. Along with donning shorter skirts and outfits in brighter hues, trendsetters may want to experiment with unique colors and nail art techniques this spring. The word for Spring 2014 nails is “subtlety,” so step outside the box and elicit compliments wherever you go with the following understated spring manicure styles that are easy to do at home.

Tortoiseshell

The ombré nail trend is still going strong, but the coming of spring gives you the opportunity to play with it a little and make it your own. Try the tortoiseshell, or ecaille, technique as an alternative. Recently demonstrated as a hair technique by celebrity fashionistas including Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, tortoiseshell fading also looks great on your nails. With this technique, two nail colors, usually complementary, fade into each other much more subtly than with traditional two-tone ombré contrasting.

Pearled

Who knew that the timeless elegance of pearls could come to life on your nails? For a simple touch of luxury that works perfectly with your favorite little black dress, coat your nails with two layers of a sweet-colored polish, like bubblegum pink or sky blue. Using tweezers, carefully add pearl rhinestones at the base of each nail, covering about one-third of the surface.

Textured

Textured nails were on display at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 runways, and adding a bit of texture is a great way to have fun with your nails without being too gaudy or over-the-top. Start with a light pastel or Earth-toned polish. On a paper plate, mix the polish with a few teaspoons of coffee grounds or coarsely-ground sugar, then apply. Make your three-dimensional nails shine by finishing with a topcoat.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid, 2014’s color of the year is bold and striking, and it’s perfect for those who like to stand out. On your nails, use the tortoiseshell technique with Radiant Orchid and a lighter violet or lavender hue, or accent a neutral-toned outfit with Radiant Orchid polish and lipstick. Because nothing about Radiant Orchid is subtle, a small touch is all it takes to turn heads.

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

       
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

Nothing compares to the glamour of being dripping with jewels right down to your fingertips.

With Deborah Lippmann’s new Jewel Heist Collection, though, no bling is required. Because if there’s one thing Lippmann knows, it’s sparkle. This series of ultra-radiant nail polishes are so striking on their own, you can skip the diamonds and let your digits do the talking. From understated shimmer to chunky holographic glitter, there’s a shade for every style and occasion. When you’re going for subtlety, try painting an accent nail – or build some layers for higher impact.

Nailing it
Go for the gold with “Fake It Til You Make It,” a lacquer that’s chock full of fine gilded glimmer. It also has a subtle sprinkling of red and green, making it a perfect transitional polish for all your holiday parties.

Dying for more drama? “Laughin’ To The Bank,” a metallic, mega-holographic emerald, will have everyone green with envy. “Shake Your Money Maker” is a showier green option, with hexagonal flecks of bright teal, gold, green and blue that looks different from every angle.

If you’re feeling blue, paint on “Rolling In The Deep,” a mysterious midnight with a faint silver sparkle not unlike a starry sky. Blurple is a major trend this season, so feel free to take things up a notch with “Va Va Voom,” a scintillating sapphire that gleams purple, blue and silver all at the same time.

Since no one understands glitz like a rock star, Lippmann collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on “Stronger,” an ultraviolet with oversized multicolored flecks that capture and reflect light in an unusual way, whether you’re on stage or strutting down the sidewalk.

When you’re still lusting after more luster, you can’t beat “Glitter And Be Gay,” a canary yellow jelly base with flecks in every color from silver and rose gold to ultraviolet.

Lip service
With such flashy fingernails, you can’t forget about your lips. Lippmann’s new moisturizing lipstick shades are sure to make your pout stand out, and in a variety of long-lasting, buildable hues, can take you from day to night. “I’m Every Woman,” a sheer dusty mauve, is perfectly in line with the new nude lip trend and pairs well with a smoldering smoky eye. For a demure daytime look, try “Call Me Maybe,” a coy coral that gives your pucker just a pop of color. “Let’s Do It” is your go-to power red for the season, and is flattering on any skin tone. Nothing is more stunning that a metallic mouth, so try “Drops of Brandy” for a bold bronze effect.

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.

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.

Back to School in style with fresh Nail Colors

       
Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Back to School Nail Colors infographics

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Back to School Nail Colors

It’s fall! Time to head back to school in style with fresh nail colors.

  1. Forest Green
  2. Concrete
  3. Plum
  4. Chocolate
  5. Tobacco

 

Take the colorblocking trend to the next level

       
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The colorblocking trend is huge right now - and it's not just for clothes!If you like the idea of colorblocking your outfits, you’ll love the opportunity to translate the trend into your makeup choices. According to Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, colorblocking can easily be done with your lipstick and nail colors, as long as you do it right. Here’s how.

The whole point of colorblocking is to pair unexpected hues together to create a bold, creative look, but they should all complement each other. You can easily achieve this effect by choosing two different colors of lipstick and nail polish and wearing them together to make a statement.

All you have to do is pick shades that are in the same color family. This means pairing pastels with other pastels, neons with neons and primary colors with other primaries. For example, you could choose to wear Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Call Me Irresponsible (a bright purple) with a vivid red lipstick like BABOR – Classic Lip Color in Summer. Totally easy and definitely trendy! Just be sure to keep the rest of your outfit a bit understated – otherwise your look could be a bit overwhelming.

The 3 best new polish shades for spring

       
Monday, April 2nd, 2012

These three shades will prove fashionable this spring!Now that the warmer weather is (almost) here, it’s time to switch up your manicure. Dark, vampy shades like purple, navy and black are best kept in winter. Spring’s all about bright, cheery colors that will get you pumped up for summer. Here are three of the hottest shades for this season, according to Allure Magazine.

1. Coral. There’s nothing like a red/orange mix to lighten up your entire outfit. Whether you choose a pastel coral or a vivid one, this shade is great for both fingers and toes. Try Nailtini – Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai for an orangey take.

2. Toasted Almond. This shade elongates and slims your fingers just like nude pumps work for your legs. It’s great for all skin colors, especially olive and dark tones. Just opt for really light brown.

3. Muted teal. For a more sophisticated take on teal, try muted tones with shades of gray underneath. This feels like spring without being over-the-top. Once you find the perfect polish, make it last with Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat.