Posts Tagged ‘Nails’

Top 10 nail art looks for the holiday season

       
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here are our top 10 nail art picks for the holiday season!Chances are you have several holiday gatherings to attend in the upcoming weeks, which means you'll be looking for just as many awesome nail, hair and makeup looks. In the spirit of the holiday season, why not deck your nails out with festive nail art designs? Here are the top 10 to try!

1. Candy cane stripes
There's nothing quite as iconic as candy canes when it comes to Christmas, and luckily they're not that hard to create on your nails. Just grab a white nail polish and paint two coats on top of your base coat. When that's completely dry, use tape or nail stickers to create diagonal stripes (some of them should be a bit wider than others), then paint over your nails with red polish. Peel off the tape or stickers when that's dry to reveal a cute candy-striped design!

2. Snowflakes
To pay homage to the beauty of winter, how about painting an assortment of snowflakes on your nails? After using a base coat, paint your nails a background hue like light blue, red or green. Then use a toothpick or a tiny lip brush dipped in white polish to paint snowflake designs. Just like in real life, they shouldn't all look the same! Add some glitter polish like Lippmann Collection – Stairway To Heaven Nail Lacquer on top for extra sparkle!

3. Gift wrapping
Christmas wrapping paper always comes in festive colors, so it's the perfect inspiration for a holiday manicure. Use gold nail lacquer as a background color, then paint on diagonal stripes in colors like red, green and white. If you need to, look at pictures of wrapping paper online to figure out the best combination.

4. Reindeer
If you're a great artist, you might be able to pull off reindeer on your own. Otherwise, you can find a nail stamp online, which is easy to use. Just paint your nails with a base coat and a background shade, then choose another color for the reindeer and apply it to the stamp. Scrape off the excess, then press on.

5. Holly
Whether it's on an accent nail or you paint it on all 10 of your digits, a sprig of holly is totally festive. Use a red nail polish for the berries and a green polish for the leaves, then add a top coat to seal the design.

6. Glitter
A glitter mani for New Year's is the perfect accessory. Just paint on your base coat as usual, then apply a few layers of a polish like Lippmann Collection – Happy Birthday Nail Lacquer. Paint on a top coat and you'll be sparkling just like that champagne!

7. Hanukkah-inspired
If you're celebrating Hanukkah this year, whip out your blue, white, gold and silver polishes and get creative putting together a fun design. You could go with dreidels, menorahs, stars of David or whatever else you can think of!

8. Snowman
What's cuter than a snowman manicure? Get out your white nail polish and create three circular shapes to form his body on an accent nail, then use colors like black, orange, blue and red to add on his features. A top coat will ensure that your handiwork stays put for days.

9. Bows
What present is complete without a big bow tied on top? Turn your nails into gifts by painting off-centered crosses on each nail, then adding bows in the center of each one. A little sparkle will make them extra special.

10. Gingerbread man
Make your manicure super sweet with gingerbread man accent nails. Just paint a background color, then use a brown polish for his body and add decorations like eyes, clothes or hats. How cute!

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets have arrived!

       
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets Have Arrived!Believe it or not, the holiday season is already here, which means pretty soon you’ll be looking for gifts to give your fellow beauty enthusiasts. While you could always pick up a few trusty bath products or try your luck choosing individual makeup items, it’s a lot more foolproof to go with a kit that has coordinated shades and complementary products. This year, why not give your gal pal one of the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets?

You have six different sets to choose from, all of which can give your recipient a manicure to swoon over. The Rock This Town collection has three sexy, shimmery nail polishes that are perfect for nights out on the town. She’s Always a Woman comes with three mini must-have shades that will definitely flatter your friend’s fingers this holiday season.

Or, get her the Puttin’ On the Ritz Lip & Nail Duet, which has a long-wearing shimmery lipstick that perfectly coordinates with the Glamorous Life nail lacquer. If she likes classic red, the Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet might be more her style, while sophisticated pink lovers will adore the My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet. The Midnight Confessions Lip & Nail Duet would be perfect for a friend who’s dying to try the trendy new vampy red shades.

Whether they’re for your friend, sister, mother, niece or even yourself, the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets make the perfect presents!

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nails

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nailsFrom eerie cobwebs to creating your own Frankenstein, what better time to get creative with your nails than Halloween? Consider a few of these tips to put the fright into your night come All Hallow's Eve!

Spinning a web of style
Cobwebs are super-trendy look for Halloween and can complement a variety of different costumes, which is perfect if you plan on switching it up over the course of several days! Just grab a black, nylon-based nail polish that won't chip easily and use this as a base coat. Once you're done, use a white or metallic polish to etch spooky cobwebs onto your digits.

It's alive – on your nails!
Want to bring new life to your party? You don't have to be the Bride of Frankenstein to rock one of the best nail looks of the season – your very own Frankenstein. Just grab a bottle of bright green nail polish and coat this over your nails. Once your base polish has dried, use your black polish to paint the bottoms of your digits. This will help you round out the face of Frankenstein and give an exciting burst of color to your fingertips.

Gently use the polish brush to make out eyes and a mouth. You won't believe how dynamic this style is until you're done!

How well do you care for your hands?

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

How well do you care for your hands?Hands are essential to our daily lives and can be a great place to show off the latest jewelry and beauty trends, yet when was the last time you devoted your attention to your digits? From dry skin to inflamed cuticles, the signs of wear and tear on hands are obvious. Consider these tips to rejuvenate your palms and keep them feeling soft!

Did you know that almonds are one of the best things in the world for your skin? In addition to being a great source of vitamin E, almonds can help slough away toxins and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other blemishes. While you may be thinking that your mitts aren’t susceptible to age marks, you couldn’t be more wrong! However, with Caswell-Massey – Almond and Aloe Hand Cream with Silk, you can leave your hands feeling silky smooth and wrinkle-free.

Cuticles are another major concern, and if neglected, can potentially ruin the look of your manicure and freshly painted nails. You should avoid cutting your cuticles at all costs, as this can damage the sensitive skin around your nails, and instead opt for a hassle-free cuticle remover that will allow you to push back cuticles without hassle.

Say hello to a cool new manicure trend: the sideways French

       
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Need a cool idea for a new manicure?You might think you've seen it all when it comes to French manicures: glittery tips, colorful tips, ombre tips and so on. But there's a new manicure trend in town that's edgy, sporty and chic all in one. That's the sideways French manicure.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, this sideways stripe is easy to achieve the same way you would create a regular French manicure, only you'll be sectioning off the sides of your nails, not the tips. Use a sticker specifically meant for this purpose (which you can find at a local drugstore) or simply use a piece of scotch tape that's been pressed against your skin first. This ensures that it's not sticky enough to rip off your base coat.

Paint your nails with the base color of your choice, then let them dry completely, which will take about 30 minutes. Now use the sticker or tape to create a line along the side of your nail. It doesn't matter which side you choose, but you'll want to keep it the same on each nail. However, you could try making the line on the opposite side of the nails on your other hand.

Finally, use another nail polish color and paint inside the area sectioned off by the sticker or tape. After a few minutes, carefully take the sticker or tape off and then apply your top coat as usual. Chic, right?

Are you abusing your nails?

       
Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Are you abusing your nails?When it comes to anti-aging skincare, savvy women know to devote as much attention to their hands as they do their complexions. How come? It's simple, really. Hands can reveal a lot about a person's overall health and wellness. But even if hands are the pinnacle of your priorities, you may find that your nails aren't as sharp-looking as you'd like.

The problem with your talons may come down to something as simple as bad habits. Your mom probably shook her head whenever she saw you munching away on your nails as a kid, and if this is a quirk you've carried over from childhood, chances are it's one of the main reasons your nails aren't in great shape. If you've also been neglecting to care for your cuticles, your nail beds could be overrun in the worst kind of way possible by cuts and inflammation.

By applying an ultra-hydrating cuticle oil treatment to the base of your nails on a regular basis, all the nutrients you'll need will be right at your fingertips.

One of the other major problems that nails contend with is yellowing. Smoker's beware – this vexing dilemma is often directly correlated to nicotine usage. However, frequent nail polish use can also lend a yellowish tint to your talons. To overcome this, be sure to grab a multi-functional enamel polish that acts as a base and fixing coat to correct any discolorations. Not only will you see a difference in the way polish looks when applied, but you'll also be sporting stronger, healthier nails!

How to get the “blood-dipped” nails from Prabal Gurung

       
Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Looking for creepy nails to make your Halloween costume awesome? Look no further!If you're looking for a creepy nail look to wear this Halloween, the nail art from Prabal Gurung's recent runway show is the perfect choice. Referred to as "blood-dipped nails," the effect makes it seem like blood is dripping down the tips of your fingers – great for a spooky costume. Here's the how-to.

First, choose a hydrating base coat and a shade of polish that will make the blood. A bright red could work, but it might look more realistic to choose a darker shade of red-purple. Of course, it's totally up to you!

Once you have the polish picked out, grab a small brush, like one that you'd use for lipstick or eyeliner. Even a regular paintbrush will work just fine. You'll need more precision than you'd get with the regular nail polish brush.

Now create drip shapes by painting from the center of your nail down to the tips. They shouldn't be uniform at all – different heights, shapes and widths look the most convincing. You might even want to make a few blobs that aren't attached to anything.

Once you've made the drippy lines, connect them at the tips of your nails by painting a line like you would if you were doing a French manicure. It doesn't have to be perfect – in fact, it shouldn't be! When that's all set, finish up by painting on a quick-dry top coat. Creepy, right?

Still haven’t found the perfect nail polish dotting tool?

       
Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Still haven't found the perfect nail polish dotting tool?You may have a nearly full set of Lippmann collection accessories, but have you found the perfect tools for creating those intricate details that are so popular in today's nail art craze? There are some products out there that can make it easier to get straight lines, crackle effects and even magnetic designs – but what about dots?

Luckily, The Beauty Department found a solution. While it's possible to create your own dotting tool by sticking a pin into a pencil's eraser, not everyone has these materials on hand. But if you own a mechanical pencil, or even a regular pencil, you're golden!

Just use the tip of the pencil to dip into your colorful nail polishes, then lightly press it onto your nails wherever you think a dot would look appropriate. An all-over polka dot pattern would be fun, as would dots just on the tips – or maybe along one side of each nail. See what happens when you use different pencils – regular wooden ones might give you different sized dots depending on how sharp they are, which could open up a new realm of possibilities!

Three ways to rock half-moon manicures this fall

       
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Half-moon manicures are going to be hot this fall!If you're looking for a cute new manicure idea that's edgy and cool without being too out-there, the half-moon mani is it. And the best part is that it's easy to create and you can choose color combinations for any setting, from the office to the club. Here are three ideas to check out this fall.

1. Metallic and black. It's up to you whether you choose silver, gold, bronze, copper or any other metallic shade of glittery nail lacquer, but mix it with black! Paint your entire nail with two coats of black and let it dry. Afterward, use tape, nail stickers or hole reinforcement labels from your local office supply store to section off the half-moon shape at the top. Paint inside the shape, let dry and finish with top coat.

2. Nude and navy. For a classy look that's perfect to pair with fall's darker fashions, try this chic color combo. Instead of painting the nude-colored half moons on top of the navy, you might want to section that area off first, paint the navy, then do the nude in the space leftover.

3. Oxblood and chestnut. These shades are hot this season, so there's no doubt that your nails will be totally en vogue. Pick up a rich maroon shade and a light brown, then use the brown on the half-moon shaped area. Finish with a shiny top coat and you're done!

Have you tried magnetic nail polish yet?

       
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Have you tried magnetic nail polish yet?Remember when crackle-coated nails were all the rage? While those are still totally in style now that nail art is huge, magnetic nail polish has recently been showing up everywhere. These polishes are infused with tiny metallic particles that create awesome 3D designs on your nails when you run a magnet over them. And the best part is that you don't even have to go searching for a magnet – they're in the cap!

So how do you pull off this chic metallic mani? First, make sure your nails are completely clear of old polish and oil with a product like Lippmann Collection – The Stripper to go. This will make sure the polish sticks to your nails. Now apply one coat of base coat and wait until it's dry.

Paint on one coat of the magnetic polish, but don't use the magnet yet. Applying this first coat will just ensure that the color won't look streaky. After two or three minutes, paint a thicker coat of the metallic polish on your first nail, then immediately hold the magnetic cap close to it (but not touching). Hold it there for about 10 seconds to create a cool design, then repeat the process on the rest of your nails.

When you're done, seal the deal with a quick-dry top coat and you have yourself a futuristic manicure!