NYFW Nail TLC: 7 Tips to Prettier Fashion Season Nails

10.9.12

Lights, runway, catwalk!  February and September are easily our favorite months of the year, aka Fashion Season.  Watch models strut their stuff, donning your favorite designers’ spring frocks.  Wear fabulous outfits and accessorize your nails without fear!  Follow these tips and tricks to avoid the harsh treatment of fashion season.

  • Purchase polish from a reputable company to avoid the “toxic trio” – dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde – which are terrible for nails.
  • Avoid acrylic nails as often as possible.  The glues and removal of artificial nails are hazardous for your natural nail below.  Standard polish or lacquer is always the best bet.
  • Weekly manicures are fun to indulge in, but daily polish changes can be harmful.  Choose a color for the runway that compliments outfits for at least two or three days before removing and starting with a fresh canvas.
  • Use a nail polish remover like the new Cutex® Advanced Revival that has nourishing and strengthening benefits to provide your nails with a little TLC in between your old and new polish.
  • Daily multivitamins containing vitamin B, zinc and vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium are essential for overall health, but are great for your nails, too.
  • Eat during fashion week.  Looking thin and exhausted is not “in” in any season.  Biotin-rich foods help strengthen and thicken nails.
  • Show your nails some loving!  Messaging your nail promotes blood flow, which encourages nail growth.  While relaxing, give your nails a little rub to stimulate the blood.

 

Article courtesy of Cutex

NYFW Spring 2013 Makeup: Strong Femininity Reigns at Rag & Bone

10.9.12

Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, created a strong but feminine look by giving models a structured brow with a subtle cheek, lip and eye for rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

“I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural,” says Westman. “I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the 90’s and the great structure of their brows. I kept the makeup very pure, adding just a touch of natural flush to the lips by mixing two lip products together, and I used a brow pencil to create subtle freckles and a dramatic brow to top the whole look off.”

To recreate the white hot nail look worn by half of the models, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi suggests creating a short square shape that’s slightly rounded and then smoothing out the ridges with a thick base coat to prepare them for polish.

“White can be intimidating to wear,” says Choi. “To guarantee a finished look, you should always use three coats, as it ensures that the polish will look perfectly opaque and smooth.”

 

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

FACE:

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light and Medium, $10.99 (available January 2013)

Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, price TBD (available April 2013)

EYES:

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive, $7.49

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99

Grow Luscious Mascara, $7.49

Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown and Light Brown, $7.50

LIPS:

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Supermodel, $9.99 (available January 2013) mixed with…

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49

Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude, $7.99

NAIL:

Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, worn on half of the models, $4.99

Revlon Top Speed in Spirit, worn on half of the models, $5.99 (available January 2013)

 

Mani to Try This Weekend: The Reverse French

08.9.12

I’ve said in the past that I’m not a big fan of nail art, but it’s slowly growing on me. But if I am going to jazz up my nails, it needs to be clean and sophisticated.

That’s why I love the reverse manicure that was seen on Fall 2012 runway shows like Rebecca Minkoff. I tried it myself last night and it’s surprisingly easy. Here’s how I did it:

 

1. After filing, shaping, and applying a base coat, apply a sheer nude color. Whet makes a fantastic one called nonchalant. Let nails dry completely before moving on to step 2.

2. If you have unsteady hands or not skilled in nail art, the easiest thing to do is to buy a pack of Nailene Perfect Tips. They are French Manicure sticker guides and come with 96 in a pack. Apply the guide right underneath the white of your nail.

3. Paint the tips of the nails above the guide. I’m using the color of Fall 2012, a dark berry shade –This one is  called Prey Tell by China Glaze.

4. Wait until tips dry- approximately 20 min. Remove guides and apply clear top coat.

All done!

Get the Look: Zoe Saldana at The Words Premire

06.9.12

I can’t get enough of my BFFIMH (BBFF In My Head) Zoe Saldana. Her style is always classic, effortless, and beautiful. The premiere of her new movie, The Words- which, btw, she is paired up with my BIMH (Boyfriend In My Head)- was no exception.

 

To accentuate her killer cat eyes and red lips, her hair was a sexy and effortless low ponytail. Get Zoe’s look in three simple steps:

 

Step 1 – Prep and Texturize

Achieving the undone quality of Zoe’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99 at drugstores) through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry.

Step 2 – Secure the Style

To create the perfect natural wavy texture, loosely braid hair and let it dry. Once hair is completely dry, take out the braid and break up the waves by running your fingers through your hair. Gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair from each side of the face to the back of the head, allowing one section of hair to overlap the other and pin in place with bobby pins. Continue this all the way down the back until all the hair is wrapped into a pony tail shape. Allow the pieces around the face to naturally fall out for a soft feminine look.

Step 3 – Polish and Perfect

To finish the look, mist a thin coat of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray ($5.99 at drugstores) in an even, all-around motion.

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