photos + design by Kristin Ess
It’s really hard to get clean lines when it comes to putting stripes on manicures. I’m going to share a little DIY secret– nail polish on scotch tape. You can cut a perfect line or triangle and get a fun geometric mani. Here’s how it’s done:
- You’ll need polish, scissors + scotch tape.
- Apply polish to your tape. Whatever color you want. Let it dry (I allowed 30 minutes just to be safe).
- Cut strips!
- Cut triangles.
When you’re done, apply them to a pre-polished nail with the sticky side down. Then give it a good top coat!
post by Kristin Ess, photo credits linked below
Happy Friday, fancy people! Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover or just another lovely Saturday/Sunday, we’ve pulled some super cute outfit ideas from 3 beautiful bloggers. READ MORE…
photos + post by Kristin Ess
First of all, sorry for the lack of posts this week. By now you know that Lady Conrad has a brand new book called THE FAME GAME. We joined her on her book tour and that busy schedule left little time for much else. But we’re back and bringing you the ombre stain mani! We’ve seen lots of ombre techniques in the past, but this one is pretty cool because it’s done on your bare nails and has more of a stain effect than looking like actual nail polish. This was much easier than I thought it was going to be, but you should be prepared to practice once or twice before doing the actual mani. It’s all about technique! Here we go:
You will need: 3-4 gradient nail polish colors (dark to light and all in the tonal family), a clear top coat, a triangle makeup sponge, a cup of water, a piece of paper for blotting the polish, a paint brush + nail polish remover for clean up.
- Unscrew the lids of your 3 or 4 gradient colors so they’re ready to go. Be careful not to knock them over! Here I used because I was feeling very mermaid inspired.
- Get a little cup of water and soak your triangle makeup sponge. Squeeze the sponge out about 80% leaving it damp but not wet. This will keep the polish from soaking up too quickly.
- Apply a single line of the darkest color toward the edge of your sponge. The first time, I went over the line twice so that there was enough polish to transfer to the nail.
- Next, use the second darkest color and make another line above that one. Coat it twice also. Keep going until you build up your 3-4 colors. NOTE: you want to work somewhat quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.
- Dab your sponge on a piece of paper and you’ll see the colors together but not quite blended.
- Bounce it up and down in the same spot a few times and you’ll see how the separation of colors disappears and they become blended!
- Line the tip of the sponge up with the tip of your nail and when you’re ready, give it a med-firm press. Bounce it up and down a couple times in that spot. DON’T BE SCARED that you’re going to mess it up because you’re not. If you keep it in the same general spot it will be just fine. It doesn’t have to be exact. If it’s a little off each time you bounce it up and down that’s actually good because it blends the colors even more.
- Re-apply a line of each polish color to the sponge for every nail. If you work quickly, you can probably re-apply polish to the sponge for every other nail.
- Now you have pretty polish but a mess around your nails.
- Take a little polish remover + a paint brush and clean up the sides and aroud the cuticles.
- Apply a top coat once the ombre has dried completely. The top coat will also make it appear more blended.
Try it in other colors. We did pink and blue but we’d love to see what you choose! Tweet them to us @TBDofficial and we’ll pin them!
photos: wireimage.com, gorunway.com, lilylock.tumblr.com/post + design: amy nadine
Music festival season is here and brings with it your alter ego – a bohemian carefree version of yourself that has been counting down the days to come out and let go! Giving you the perfect opportunity to try things a little differently with your makeup + hair. In the upcoming weeks we’ll break it down as simply as possible, starting today with your lips. And I believe there is only one route to take and it’s coral! Red is too elegant or retro, vamp is too winter and pink is a little too girlie… making coral the perfect choice. It’s a warm + earthy shade that pairs perfectly with boho tops and cutoffs. And I’m not talking about a soft coral that we wear so beautifully in our every day lives! I’m talking about a bright coral that’s strong enough to anchor your alter ego’s ethereal hippie attire. So find your shade + finish below and you’re all set with one less thing to think about when packing!
CORAL POPPY TINTED LIP BALM: Tarte LipSurgence
in Spirited is perfect if you hate feeling like you’re wearing more than chapstick, and the color really pops on fair
skin (I used it in the shot above on Krysten Ritter for her premiere of Life Happens!
on Monday and was so happy with how it photographed on the red carpet).
SHIMMER CORAL IN A SATIN FINISH: Covergirl Blast Flipstick
in Stunner has a bright orange-coral on one side and an orangey-gold shimmer on the other side, making it the perfect fiery choice for medium
Coming soon: Festival eyes… Look out!