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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.

Quick skin firming tips

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

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.

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.

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.

Butterscotch nails: The sweetest nail trend to end summer

       
Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Butterscotch nails: The sweetest nail trend to end summer

While your seafoam green and shimmery coral nails worked for the beach, it might be time to look for a new color as summer slowly comes to a close. But what hue could possibly be sunny enough for the final dog days and still transition nicely into fall? The answer is yellow, but not just any shade: a butterscotch that's playful and looks like the sinful dessert topping drizzled on your nails. Funky with a white bikini and boho beautiful with chocolate brown riding boots, the hue is stunning even as the leaves change.

The key to this look is to find a flattering polish

"Yellow is definitely a tough color to pull off," said celebrity manicurist Steph Stone, according to Lifestyle Mirror.

She then explained that proper application is crucial for the trend to work.

"Yellow nail polish is not forgiving, and if applied poorly can look like you just got done playing in finger paint," she told the site.

After putting on your nail primer, Stone advised brushing on a coat of white polish. Try a shade like the Lippmann Collection's Amazing Grace, which will make the yellow appear even richer and brighter. Two layers of butterscotch should be enough, and finish with a high-shine or a matte top coat, depending on your preference.

Your nails will look irresistibly sweet – just try to remember they're not edible.

Whiteout: How to rock the hottest nail trend now

       
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Whiteout: How to rock the hottest nail trend now

While bright nail colors are undoubtedly fun, white polish can be just as striking. The Telegraph reported that Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna have all been spotted sporting this trend. Whether in stark alabaster, iridescent pearl or a soft ivory, this look can appear innocent or just plain elegant. The best part about white nails? They go with absolutely everything.

Ready to see the light? First, Marie Claire magazine recommended clipping nails to a shorter length. While a square shape is classic, the magazine noted that a rounded oval edge can make fingers appear longer. Next, apply the Turn Back Time Rejuvenating Base Coat by the Lippman Collection, which can minimize yellow stains or any other flaws and ensure the white polish goes on as brightly as possible. 

When selecting a shade, Marie Claire pointed out that it can be helpful to consider your skin tone. While brilliant white really stands out against darker skin tones, paler complexions might want to opt for a polish with a pink undertone or some colored glitter so nails don't blend right into the skin. The magazine also suggested painting on some nail art, like polkadots or stripes, for a mod look.

After applying a few coats of your chosen hue, brush on the Lippmann Collection's Umbrella Waterproof Top Coat for strong, shiny, chip-proof nails.

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.