When the essie Fall 2013 launched, I couldn’t stop swooning over After School Boy Blazer. Sure I have a few deep blues in my collection, but this one is so dark it almost appears black – until you take a close look, then the complexity of the hue will have you in awe. I finally purchased this shade last week and knew that it would combine perfectly with essie No Place Like Chrome to create a fun, futuristic and geometric nail art mani. After two base layers of No Place Like Chrome, I used the weight of the brush to paint V shapes at the top of each finger and then filled in the bottom to create this look. Remember to take your time and breathe to keep a steady hand.
Now that the new Fall colours are readily available in stores, which hue are you coveting for the season?
Inspired by outer space, these dark but shimmery nails have been making quite a splash in the blog world. After watching a couple tutorials, like these (one and two), I couldn’t wait another day to try them out myself. I’m a huge fan of manicures that look complicated and unique but are easy to achieve – this is one of them. For this manicure you’ll need quite a few different polishes: a black for the base, then you’ll apply a dark blue, followed by purple, followed by white – using a sponge to dab the colours on. Once those layers have dried, you’ll need a translucent and sparkly polish to layer on each nail, followed by a polish with large silver glitter pieces. I highly recommend watching one the tutorials above to see how this manicure is achieved before ruling it out for its complexity.
After two weeks of black and white manicures, I figured it was time to move onto to something a little more interesting. Using OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and You’re Such A Budapest, I created a double accent leopard print mani. The leopard print design looks intricate and complicated, but it is arguably one of the easiest to complete with just a few pointers. First, paint your nail a solid base colour. Once this is completely dry, paint random, uneven dots all over nail. Using a third colour – I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw “c” and “u” shapes around the dots you painted before. Fill in any blank spaces with dots and lines in the third colour. If you look closely you can see what I mean!
Sticking with the black and white theme this week – this manicure is a cross between elegant and trendy. To create this looks, start with a white base, I used essie marshmallow, and then paint the tips with a steady hand using an opaque black.
This weekend I treated myself to a few September fashion magazines. To my delight, beautiful nail art manicures were front and center in both issues, which left me no choice but to try one out. In Style featured a few do it yourself nail art instructionals using some of the best fall trends – so I happily obliged and gave one a try.The Dip-Dye Tips manicure featured both the negative space trend (as long as you use a nude base colour) and a deep blue ombre. You’ll need a makeup sponge, a pale or nude base colour , a deep blue and a top coat. I used Sephora by OPI Bare to Be Different as the neutral colour and OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw for the cobalt ombre effect. This manicure is fool proof as long as you follow a few easy steps.
Step 1: Prime your nail with a base coat – preferably a nail strengthener like OPI Nail Envy [product review here].
Step 2: Paint your nails completely using the nude/pink hue and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: Using a makeup sponge, paint a layer of top coat on the tip and then follow with a layer of blue. Using the top coat first will dilute the colour which will give you the dip-dye look. Lightly dab the painted area on the sponge on your nail from the half way point to your tip, leave the cuticle area untouched. Allow your nails to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
Step 4: Using a fresh makeup sponge [or the other side], paint the edge with blue polish and tab on the tip area of your nail to saturate the colour.
Step 5: Once the blue lacquer is completely dry, follow with a quick dry top coat to seal the manicure. I used essie good to go for this [product review here]. I am extremely happy with how this manicure turned out – it is very unique and intricate looking.
Nail art is here to stay – it has continued to make a splash among fashion runways moving into the fall season. There is still hope for those of you who prefer a simple polished look, since matte single shades are also donning fingers all over, but what I want to talk about is a few of the upcoming digit trends for the fall – and I’m not even touching on colour.
1. The double accent nail. A standout ring finger has been prevalent for quite some time, becoming less avant-garde and more mainstream by the minute. If you still love the look of this trend, try adding a second accent nail. My personal preference are thumb and ring finger or index and middle. Keep the design/colour consistent on both accent nails to really nail this trend.
2. The half moon reinvented. Instead of crisp circle shaped lines, the emphasis for the new half moon mani is on blending different colours and smudging the edges. Think smokey eye-shadow but on your nail. If that isn’t up your alley, the other prominent half moon trend is an exaggerated look, starting the design more then halfway up your nail, usually leaving the moon a neutral colour and choosing a deep pop of colour for the top. The exaggerated look combines the half moon manicure with the tried and true french tip.
3. Appliques. Adding tiny jewels, studs and bows to your manicure was huge this summer – and will continue to shine throughout the rest of 2013. If you’re really looking to fit in with the trendsetters, try an all over applique like a piece of lace, fishnet, or feather. This will combine the textured look with the applique trend and have you looking ever so chic!
4. The reverse french manicure. This trend debuted this spring, however, it is rare to see it worn off the runway. Back again for fall, the colours are more vibrant but the look is the same. You’ll need a steady hand to keep the outer lines looking crisp and clean. This one isn’t for a nail art newbie.
5. The double chevron. Last year the half moon manicure began to take on a pointer look. The chevrons began at the cuticle and came to a point near the middle of the nail. This year it’s time to invert the shape and start it at the top of your nail. This is one of my favourite new nail trends – which means I am wearing it today! My index finger shows the double chevron trend. To achieve this look you’ll need a two different coloured polishes and a nail art brush. Once your base coat is dry, begin by painting the filled in chevron at the tip of the nail. It is easier to start with this one as it will give you a guide to draw a thinner chevron underneath. I used essie blanc as my base coat and Revlon Nail Art Neon in Hot Flash for the accent. The Revlon polish does not come with a nail art brush [like the Expressionist line does] so make sure you have a thin paint brush on hand if you want to create this look.