Posts Tagged ‘french’

POINT à POINT

photos/post: Kristin Ess nail art: Kimberly Hong

It’s good to change things up every now and then. Today let’s have a some fun with the classic French mani, shall OUI!? We’re simply adding two rows of cute little dots below the classic French manicure line. Simple enough, right? Get out your dotting tool and let’s get started! (more…)

BACK TO BASICS

 

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! We’re looking at all of the photos you posted on twitter and we are SO impressed!

Today’s video was created for those of you who haven’t mastered the good ol’ french braid yet. It’s a tricky little thing. Hopefully this visual will help you understand it better. (more…)

NAILED IT!

photos: lauren conrad + thebeautydepartment.com post desgined by kristin ess

Last week we asked you whether you preferred a traditional french manicure with white tips or a new take on the classic style. To say the results were close is an understatement. Over 25,000 of you voted and the traditional french manicure won by only 7 votes! So as promised, here are step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve this lovely look at home.

TOOLS

White polish

sheer pale pink polish

clear top coat

small paint brush

nail polish remover

STEPS

Don’t be frustrated if this doesn’t turn out flawless on your first attempt.  It can be a little tricky, so just have fun with it and practice!

1. Start with clean, bare nails that have been filed.

2. Using the white polish, paint the ends of your nails slightly thicker than you would like the white tips to be.  Don’t worry about being too exact. Depending on the polish you may need to apply 2 coats to achieve solid white tips.

3. Let the whites air dry for a few minutes before starting the next step.

4.  Dip your paint brush in nail polish remover and drag it along the inside of the white strip you have painted. Remember to mimic the shape of your nail with a slight curve. You will have to repeat this several times to get a smooth line. Slowly thin the line out until it is the width you like. Continue this on each nail, trying to keep the width of the white tip consistent. Note: Even with a lot of practice, your right hand can be difficult to do (or your left hand if you are left handed).  This step might require a little help from a friend. Manicure party!

4.  Once you are satisfied with your tips, apply one coat of pale pink polish over the entire nail.  It is best to use a more sheer polish for a more natural look.

5. Add a clear top coat and your done!

Let us know how it goes! We love getting your pictures. Also, if you want to have a little more fun with this manicure, you can swap out the white polish for any color you like.  This week I tried both sage green tips and navy blue tips and loved them.

XO Lauren

MODERN FRENCH CHIC

photo: je ne sais pais! post designed by lauren conrad

C’est tres joli!  I grew up loving French style, starting as a young girl staring at the illustrations when my mother read Madeline to me… her deep side-parted hair, hat and their school-girl uniforms and pea coats… then it progressed to French ballerinas, Gigi and French cinema, and as I got older (of course)  French Vogue changed my life.  Now I especially love Isabel Marant’s vision of the carefree and modern French lifestyle.  And this chic look translates easily to makeup.  Because anything that is chic is at its core, simple and effortless.  Here, one of my favorite models, Bambi Northwood Blyth, demonstrates how you can strip away excessive makeup down to three components: 1. a big, filled-in brow, 2. spidery (yet not clumpy) lashes and 3. a stained lip.

Even if your brows aren’t as blessedly thick as Bambi’s, you can still recreate the same bold effect by filling them in with a pencil or powder that is a shade or two darker than your actual color.  Spidery lashes can be accomplished by powdering them with loose powder in between the first and second coat of mascara.  For a refresher course, revisit our Big Bold Brow and Spider Lashes posts.  Lastly, there are many ways to achieve stained lips.  The obvious choice is using one of the many great stains out there.  Or you can fill in your entire lip with a berry or rose-colored lip pencil and follow with lip balm.  A third option would be apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, apply again and blot one more time.  The key is to not look “made-up,” so make sure the lips have a hint of color and no more.  Add a croissant, close your eyes and voila!  You’re at a little Parisian street cafe about to stroll the River Seine.

XO Amy Nadine