30.05.13 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: White Hot Mani

Beauty Trend Spotting White Hot Mani 2

Stark white manicures are going to be huge this summer, and celebs are already taking note.

After making a huge showing on the Spring 2013 runways at Moschino, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone to name a few, white nails have been popping up on everyone from Zoe Saldana to Kristen Wiig to Naya Rivera.

While many women are skeptical of the look, I highly recommend giving it a try. You’ll find it’s eye-catching, chic and surprisingly sophisticated.

Since streaks can show up easily in white opaque polishes, here’s how to get a smooth finish on your white mani–without caking on layer after layer of polish:

Start with a ridge-filling base coat like Butter London’s Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.

Let it dry completely, and then apply a thin layer of your white lacquer.

Think of this as a primer, and don’t worry about streaks–it’s all about getting that initial color on the nail. Then make the second coat slightly thicker.

If there are any streaks showing (most likely there won’t be.) after the second coat, you can finish off with a super thin third coat. Seal it all with a clear top coat like Essie Good to Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat.

Your final product will be on-trend and red carpet ready.

White Mani

Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann in Amazing Grace
Essie in Blanc
SpaRitual in Marble
Essie Good to Go! Fastest Drying Top Coat

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07.05.13 Beauty, Nails

How To Get Emmy Rossum’s Lace Met Gala Manicure

Emmy Rossum Met Gala Nails

While many stars took a much less literal approach to the punk-theme of last night’s Met Gala, actress Emmy Rossum really went for her version of chic-meets-punk.

Her elaborate ‘faux-hawk’ inspired updo created with a series of twists and braids, her intense brown smoky eye and her over-extended brows–all quite punk.

Her Donna Karan Atelier gown, on the other hand, was much more delicate yet still served as the inspiration for her elaborate punk-chic manicure.

butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes created a custom nail effect for Emmy created with extra pieces of lace and crystals from the star’s dress, which were provided by Donna Karan.

Katie began by painting Emmy’s nails with two coats of butter LONDON’s Yummy Mummy, followed by one coat of the brand’s Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat.

Next, she cut individual pieces of lace to cover Emmy’s nails exactly, and gently placed them on the wet nails, letting the lace dry on top of the nail.

Once the nails were dry, Katie glued crystals on random spots on the nail.

The final product was surprisingly punk and completely unique. And while you likely won’t have designer lace, with supplies from a craft store, you can easily recreate this punk rock manicure at home.

Butter London

butter LONDON nail lacquer in Yummy Mummy
butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat

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14.02.13 Beauty, Nails

Red Carpet Trend Spotting: Nail Art

Nail Art

Nails and nail art are increasingly hogging the spotlight at red carpet events as evidenced by E! TV’s Mani Cam, specifically created to get close-up shots of celebrities’ manicures.

Zooey Deschanel kicked off the trend this awards season at the Golden Globes with a movie-themed manicure featuring reels of film and film cameras. At the SAG awards three of Anne Hathaway’s bright white nails were adorned with intricate hand-painted black butterflies, Busy Philipps – star of the television show Cougar Town – jazzed up her nude manicure with gold crystal embellishment on just two of her nails, while Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco sported bold red nails decorated with light pink hearts. And last weekend’s Grammys saw singer Janelle Monae go for just one bejeweled nail on her ring finger, Miranda Lambert flashing glittery gold tips with blue triangles at the base and Jennifer Lopez going to town with white polish, white glitter, gold leaf and gold studs on her pinkie finger.

Kimmie Kyees, a Los Angeles based celebrity manicurist whose clients at the 2013 Grammys included Katy Perry, Rihanna and Adele, told us: ‘In a bad economy, beautiful nails are an inexpensive luxury. Companies like Minx pioneered the nail art trend and now Sally Hansen and Incoco have introduced retail versions of dry nail polish art that have made it truly mainstream and something we can all do at home.’

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Kimmie has designed a nail just for Redcarpet-fashionawards.com readers. Here’s how to get our custom pink and white heart manicure.

‘Start off applying a base coat like Orly Bonder. Next paint the nails with two coats of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Pink-finity 140.’

‘Using a dotter, put two dots of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm side by side on the top third of the nail to make the top of a heart. Then, using a striper brush, pull the white polish down to form the bottom of the heart. It’s super easy and if you mess up you can alway draw a small line of pink over the white to fix the line.’

‘Finally a layer of top coat like Seche Vite seals it all perfectly.’

Nails

Orly Bonder
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Pink-finity 140
Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Snow Storm
Orly Nail Art Dotter Duo Tool
Seche Vite Top Coat

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07.08.12 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: Emmy Rossum’s Grey Nails

We’ve seen the natural and blue nail trends; well, Emmy Rossum is looking to start her own trend.

The actress who loves pretty frocks has been rocking grey nail polish for her last few red-carpet appearances instead of going with a traditional pink or red.

Her choice of steel-grey polish is edgy, modern and fashion-forward. It’s almost like she’s trying to hint that she has a darker side.

Trying funky colours on your toes is a great way to debut daring hues. To get Emmy’s look, try these shades:

Dior Gris Montaigne
Essie – ‘Chinchilly’ – Granite Grey
Nails inc. ‘The Thames’ – Dark Cement Grey
Nars ‘Stormy Bird’ – Shark Grey
OPI – ‘French Quarter For Your Thoughts’

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30.07.12 Beauty, Nails

Olympic Flag Nail Art

We couldn’t help but notice Rebecca Adlington’s Union Jack nails last night as she showcased her London 2012 bronze medal for the 400m Freestyle event.

Rebecca’s nails were crafted by celebrity manicurist Sophy Robson and her Nail Porn team, who have been painting flag designs on Team GB and other overseas athletes in the Olympic Village.

You can also show your patriotism and extend your country’s flag to your fashion-loving fingertips with the Minx Flag collection available now.

26.07.12 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: Blue Nails

Feeling blue?

If it’s on your nails then you are right in step with some of the hottest Hollywood ladies.

Blue nails were one of the top trends to go down the Fall 2012 runway seen at Erdem and Oscar de la Renta.

Celebs have already embraced it with various shades of cerulean hitting the red carpet all summer long.

From Marion Cotillard’s pale blue on both fingers and toes at ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ New York premiere to robin’s egg on both Taylor Swift at the ‘Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards’ and Emma Stone at the ‘Met Gala’, to slate blue on Ginnifer Goodwin at the ‘Critics Choice Awards’, these ladies aren’t afraid to be bold in their nail colour choices.

If you’re feeling a little unsure of the blues or it’s simply not workplace appropriate, try it on your next pedicure.

Toes are an easy place to switch it up and embrace a trendy colour. A pale shade will complement your summer tan while a deep shade will really stand out against pale skin. All of them will look smashing with the sandals of summer and transition well into fall.

Are you ready to try this blue look?

Grab a glorious azure shade like Koliary from this season’s most talked about nail collab, Thakoon for NARS, or Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Calypso Blue. OPI’s ‘I Don’t Give a Rotterdam’, seen on Ginnifer, gives a muted, moody look, or go deep with Nails Inc Belgrave Place. If it’s pale you want, look for the upcoming, and highly anticipated Skyline from Chanel as well as Essie’s Barbados Blue for icy but hot digits.

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