I’ve had glitter nail polish on my shopping list for weeks. I have lots of cool nail polish in tons of colors, but I was all out of glitter. I don’t know what it is about glitter that I love so much. Is is because I love the stars in the sky? Is it because I am a huge Michael Jackson fan? Or, is it because it makes my short brittle nails look so cute? I do know one reason; when it starts to chip it doesn’t look as bad as solid colors! I actually think I need another coat because you can never have to much glitter ;)
Nail art has come a long way in the last few years and although plain color still looks good, it’s just not that fashionable for the coming season. This spring, nails are all about tonal shades and here are three great styles to get your started.
Flaming Hot Talons
Pinks and oranges are very fashionable this spring so what better way to complement your outfits than with this flaming hot design. To achieve this look, prepare your nails as normal, including a base coat of clear varnish to protect your nails. Now apply a peachy orange shade to the entire nail to form the base of your flames and allow to dry. Its probably best to place some old newspaper under your hands for the next phase as it gets a little messy. Water some pink nail varnish down and use a narrow drinking straw to gently suck the nail varnish mixture into the straw (but not enough to drink it!). Then gently blow the varnish over the middle of your nail to achieve this blended look. Once dry, finish with a coat of clear once dry. For the best results, your nails have to be quite long for this look and metallic nail polish is recommended.
Although traditionally glittery nail polishes work best for Christmas parties, this look is great for adding a touch of sparkle to any spring look. To achieve the look, prepare your nails as usual. Now apply a nude shade of nail varnish all over your nails – ideally choose a shade similar to your natural nail colour. Once dry, apply a deep, rich shade to just your tips. For spring, fashionable colours include a dusky pink and purple shades. Once dry, it’s time to apply the first coat of glitter. You need to find a clear varnish with large glitter flecks for the next coat. Apply from the centre of the nail and right up to the tip, covering the shade you’ve just applied. Once that glitter layer has dried, apply another coat using a nail polish with smaller glitter flecks to just the middle of your nail and a slight overlap onto the tip colour. Once dry, apply a top coat of varnish and voila, delightfully glittery nails.
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No nail look depicts spring more vividly than polka dots, and its arguably one of the easiest styles to achieve. Simply prepare your nails and base layer as normal and then, using a contrasting colour, dot away ensuring your pattern is consistent. Don’t let the fact that you don’t own a nail dotting tool put you off, as the look can very easily also be achieved with a little ingenuity and a kirby-grip or the head of a sewing pin. Finish the look with a varnish top coat and there you have it. For the best spring effect, use pastel shades.
Image Credit: Eye Candy Nails Nic Senior
Victoria Arpels is the founder of Next Step Beauty, the leading nail course & beauty course provider with accredited training centres across the UK. Victoria is a fully certified professional holding BA (Hons) and assessor (CertEd). She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications as well as our own Next Step Blog.
Nail art is the hottest new trends to surface. It involves the detailed application of intricate, beautiful or even humorous designs, pictures and charms on nails. Unheard of by most people, nail art gained fame in the early 2000’s and has massively grown since then, its popularity aided by the fact that almost anyone can teach themselves the basics of nail art without breaking the bank.
As with all other trends nail art divides itself into subgroups starting with natural nails versus fake: the fake splits into full nail cover (forms) versus tips (just the ends) and then again with gel versus acrylic versus stick-on, a wealth of variety!
All types of nail art start with a basic list of rules:
1. Maintain good hygiene practices; use disinfectant solution for tools and equipment, use antiseptic spray on the nail or skin before working on it and ensure the work area is kept neat and cleaned frequently with antibacterial wipes or spray.
2. Apply a base coat. This helps protect the natural nail if that is what is being worked on and strengthens the bond of the subsequent layers of color, helping to ‘fix’ it and make it last longer.
3. After the design has been positioned, and charms or gems applied fix them in place and protect the work from bumps and scrapes with one or two coats of a good quality top coat. These contain hardeners that protect both the nail and the artwork, preventing chipping and damage – they also provide a brilliant shine that beautifully finishes off the look of the nail.
Nail art has a specific tool list that starts with a basic nail care set, nail files, clippers, cuticles pushers and so on. The next set would contain various tweezers, tiny scissors and jewellery pliers, all for cutting out decals or manipulating the ornamental pieces into place. Finally, there would be such exotic equipment such as the nail drills and charm post cutters. Other vital supplies are a variety of polishes in many shades and nail varnish solvents to remove the nail art or even the acrylic or gel nail itself. Applying the nails and removing them is a fairly lengthy process, taking 15 to 20 minutes each way, not counting the time taken with the art itself.
Now, at last, onto the nail art types themselves:
Stickers: these are the most basic form of nail art and can be done effectively at home with a little care and attention. A huge range of shapes and themes are available, from animals, to fruit, to flowers to almost anything in the universe! It is not necessary to use stickers specifically made for nail art, many stationers carry sheets of stickers that can be converted to nail art; including tiny letters which can create an effectively dramatic look.
Water Decals: similar to stickers, but requiring a little more finesse, these need to be trimmed almost to size, usually from a sheet containing many designs. They then need to be soaked in water for up to 30 seconds – a little trial and error when you first use them will help you here. Once they are sufficiently soaked the decal will slip easily off the backing paper enabling it to be grasped in a pair of tweezers and placed carefully onto the nail. After a quick blot dry with tissue, they are ready for the top coat.
Stripes: Tape is used to create perfectly straight lines up, across or diagonally over the nail, a wonderfully clean effect. It is applied in very much the same way as the stickers, but care must be taken not to stretch the tape as this will cause it to lift and curl, destroying the look.
Foils: Apply a thin layer of foil adhesive and wait for it to change from blue to clear and tacky. Place the foil over the nail, matt side down then press and rub firmly to ensure the whole nail is properly covered. Use a fingertip or cuticle pusher to carefully ensure the whole nail surface has been entirely covered.
Glitter, Mylar and Crushed Shell: A fantastic effect can be created by applying a top coat and then sprinkling the wet surface with glitter, Mylar flakes or crushed shell until it is well-coated. If desired, just the free end of the nail can be dipped into the decoration so as to just coat the tip.
Charms: Charms can be glued onto the nail or, for a funky look, a nail drill can be used to pierce a small hole in the free edge of nail. Be careful not to place the hole too close to the free edge of the nail as it can cause splitting and damage. Charms can be tiny and fixed in place on the nail or they can dangle freely from the tip.
Nail art enables people to conform to trends, display their individuality or make a statement. It can be beautiful and elegant, or quirky and fun; it is endlessly versatile. Above all, nail art has found a niche in the fashion world and is here to stay.
Sources – wisegeek.com, wikipedia.com, nail-art-101.com & naildelights.com
This article is by the Chat Mag Bingo team, who are enthusiastic about the latest fashion trends.
If you’ve ever paid to get your nails manicured, or even purchased high-end nail polish, you know how pricey keeping up with all the latest nail fads can be. There may even be occasions when you want your nails to match your outfit or makeup, and can’t seem to find the perfect shade. Did you know that you can create whatever nail polish color you desire, from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of what it might cost you to pay for the professional alternatives? What’s more is that creating your own nail lacquers is also easy and fun. Here are steps for how to make homemade nail polish:
Purchase a clear top coat. Any brand will do. As a matter of fact, you can even head into a dollar store or any discount store and buy bottles of clear top coat in bulk. Once you’ve made your own custom nail polish color, there’s no doubt you’ll want to make more, so you can’t have too many bottles of clear coat!
Choose pigments you want to add. Pigment is just a fancy word for color, and in this case, your pigment is eye shadow or blush – in powder form. Again, any eye shadow will do – even a cheap, dollar store brand. Get creative here. You can mix colors, or even use your favorite eye shadow to create a nail polish hue that matches your eye makeup perfectly. If you want glittery polish, then you can even add glitter to the mix (just be sure to use fine glitter, as opposed to the craft glitter grade-schoolers use for art projects).
Prepare your work station. Lay out a table covering, so as not to make a mess. Pour enough clear top coat out of the bottle you plan on mixing in to allow for the pigments and/or glitter. Roll an ordinary sheet of paper into the shape of a funnel, small enough to fit into the mouth of the nail paint bottle. Crush your pigment of choice into a fine powder.
Add the pigment to the clear top coat. Insert the funnel into the nail polish bottle, and deep into the clear top coat. Drop the pigment and/or glitter into the funnel – a little bit at a time – until you are satisfied with the amount of pigment in the polish. You may have to experiment a little at this step, to get the hue density you desire.
Once your clear top coat is tinted with the pigment, shake up the mixture and/or use the nail polish brush to fully incorporate the pigment into the polish. The only thing left to do is to paint those nails!
About the Author: Valene Sundblad loves taking her daughters to choose nail colors and girly accessories but has the most fun when they sit down at home and create their own unique polish blends!
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Nail polish has a natural tendency to chip after several days of wear. Whether you paint your nails yourself at home, or get a manicure at your local salon, chipping nail polish is a common problem that can be highly frustrating. Even a single chip can compromise the look of your entire manicure. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent your nail polish from chipping and even extend the length of your manicure. Here you will find a list of super simple tips.
1. Ensure your nails are clean. Dirt and natural oils that lay on the nail surface can aid in chipping. Remove any old polish still left on your nail with acetone with a soft cotton ball. Wash with warm water and soap to remove oils and dirt from your hands and nails.
2. Always apply a base coat. It’s important to apply a thin, clear base coat to prep your nail for polish. Allow the base coat to completely dry before applying colored polish.
3. Keep layers of polish thin. Never apply your nail polish too thick, as it can cause bubbles, makes the nails more susceptible to smudging, and can lead to premature chipping. Instead, apply three-to-four thin coats and allow each coat to dry in between.
4. Polish the tips of the nails. Many women forget to polish the tips of their nail. When applying nail polish, begin at the base and go up and over the tips of the nails to help seal the color and cut down on chipping.
5. Consider applying a polish with shimmer. The shimmering glitter particles found in some types of nail polish can actually help adhere the polish to the nails. Try a shimmer pink, purple, or mint green shade.
6. Always apply a top coat. Not only is a base coat needed, but a top coat is also required to extend the life of your manicure. The base coat can be used as a top coat or you can use a clear polish made for top coat protection. Apply the top coat around the edges of the nails to help seal in the color.
7. Give the nails sufficient drying time. Nails should have at least 45 minutes of drying time before you try to handle items or open products with your nails. After an hour, submerge your nails in cold water to help set the nail polish. Apply lotion to help moisturize your hands and nails.
Amanda is a guest poster who also writes for freemakeupsamples.org.uk where she regularly seeks out the hottest free cosmetics and beauty sample offers to be found online.
Last week DangerousLee.Biz highlighted a guest blog post titled,5 Nail Trends for 2012. One of the trends is Chipped Nails. I tried it and I don’t dig it! To me, having chipped nails means that you need to get out the nail polish remover and get to work. I also highlighted my “Laced Up” dry nail polish look by Sally Hansen, which is also a nail trend in 2012, one that I like. However, it does not last 7 to 10 days. I also think that if you have hands that look like the ones in the photo that you should do anything to try to make your nails appear more attractive. Chipped nails may be for dainty hands only, but then again Hollywood magic and PhotoShop could also make these fingers look lickable. So, what the hell, do whatever you like. Anything goes in 2012!
Nail polish trends come and go quickly. Every time you turn around, a new season is bringing a new trend in nail design. The New Year is here and we’re happy to report that the biggest trend is no trend at all! For 2012, there are such a variety of trends that it’s difficult to call any of them a trend at all. So throw out every rule you know about nail polish and when 2012 hits, do what you like! Here are some looks we love:
Coordinated Nails and Lips
Seen on the runways during fashion week were fabulously colored red and coral lips with matching fingernails. There are shades of red and coral that work well with any skin tone making it easy to choose your perfect shade. Look for long-wearing formulas that will take you through your day and well into your evening.
While you may not be able to get away with outrageously long nails at work, we love the look for the weekend! Gone are the days of a simple French manicure on your acrylics and in are the days of zebra stripes and wild prints. Have fun with your false nails, get a little bit wild and make your hands the center of attention. Consider your nails your best accessory and keep the jewelry to a minimum or you may just end up looking like you’re trying too hard.
Dry Nail Polish
Dry nail polish strips may be the best beauty invention of all time! While they are more expensive than regular nail polish, they cost no more than getting a professional manicure and give you the same results. We particularly love the jeweled offerings by Kiss. Sally Hansen, OPI, Kiss and others all make their own version of the nail polish strip.The nail polish strips are dry as soon as you put them on, making them perfect for those days when you’re in a rush. Put on a top coat and you can easily get a week to ten days of wear out of these fantastic strips. Get creative and add your own touch by combining them with nail art, nail polish pens or even a layer of glitter.
Did you know that the chipped manicure look is in? In fact, some women are intentionally distressing or destroying their nail polish to achieve a unique look. This is great news for those of us who think our manicure is ruined as soon as we get one chipped nail! Instead of removing your polish, chip the rest of your nails and put on a top coat to protect what you have left.
What a fun look! Paint each nail a different color or apply a different nail strip to each nail. The look isn’t just for little girls anymore. Another fabulous find on the runways, the alternating nail is a fun way to use all of your favorite shades at once. For a fun look, try alternating patterns on each of your nails.
The best thing about nails in 2012 is that all of the old rules are out the window. Get creative and have fun!
Cindi Lewis writes for glossy.com an organic skincare and beauty products online retailer.
I am wearing “Laced Up” nail polish strips by Sally Hansen! It was relatively easy, but time consuming and I messed up a couple of nails, but the end result was totally worth it. I can’t wait to try a more colorful pattern. These strips are supposed to last 10 days, but adding a clear coat over the strips can help them to last longer. My cost – $8.29 minus tax!
– Dangerous Lee is a Gold Digger (dangerouslee.biz)
-5 Nail Trends For 2012 (dangerouslee.biz)