Posts Tagged ‘mani’

VALENTINE’S DAY: GOLD HEART NAILS

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, POST, GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

If you’re like us, then you know there are never enough ways to “put a heart on it” and obviously the month of February gets a little extra love. We’ve been playing with tons of different red and gold combos lately and we think we’ve found the perfect combo for a Valentine’s Day mani. Here we go…

(a collaboration with Treat Collection)

  1. We painted all nails with the perfect non-toxic super rich red — “Paris, Paris” by Treat Collection, (also available to our European readers here! Hooray!) You’ll want to wait a couple of hours in between painting your nails red & adding the gold leaf hearts so that the gold leaf sticks does not stick to the red polish. You’ll want it to stick to the clear polish in step 5.
  2. Once your color is completely dry, grab your book of gold leaf sheets and select a single sheet.
  3. Break the piece into smaller pieces, about the size of your finger.
  4. Get out a toothpick and dip it in your clear top coat. Here we used the clear top coat which is also from Treat Collection.
  5. Okay, remember our heart tutorial here? Use this method with the toothpick to make a clear heart on top of your nail. You can actually make any shape using this method (like lips or an “xo”), but we think a heart is easiest to start with. Make sure you’re in a well lit place so you can see the clear while you’re making your heart shape.
  6. Pick up a piece of gold leaf and lay it over the clear heart and tap it lightly a few times.
  7. Now wait for 10 minutes while the polish and gold leaf FULLY adhere together.
  8. Use an paint brush to dust off the excess gold leaf.
  9. Once you clear all the gold, the heart is what’s left! Use your “Paris, Paris” to perfect the edges of the gold heart if you feel like you need it.
  10. Add a clear coat to the top of each nail.

These nails are so gorgeous. The gold starts to chip away after a few days but we kind of love it because distressed gold leafing is still very pretty.

COPPER LEAF STARBURST MANI

PHOTOGRAPHY/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

What’s better than our gold leaf mani? A copper leaf mani! It actually looks like rose gold in person and gives off SO much shine. We had to find a way to incorporate it into nail art so this is what we dreamed up!

I’ve tried so many gold leafing brands and nothing is easier than this one from Blick art supplies. Try to get one that has a backing on it. If you’ve ever worked with gold or copper leafing, you know how much easier it is to work with one that you stick on then peel the backing off. Ok, here’s how it’s done… (**We should mention that we pre-gamed by painting the nails black and letting them dry for a while.)

  1. Cut a small square or rectangle from your gold leaf sheet. Fold the sheet in half to cut out a symmetric burst shape.
  2. I used nail scissors to cut the leafing because they’re tiny and help with accuracy.
  3. Once you have the shapes you want, paint a thin layer of clear coat on the nail you’re applying the leafing to.
  4. Once it’s about 50% dry, stick your star on. You can use tweezers for this or your fingers if you’re really careful.
  5. Let it dry a little more then peel the backing off to reveal a VERY shiny burst of copper.
  6. Do it on the next one. You can do this to as many nails as you want. Here I did two and changed the direction of the burst (which I recommend!)
  7. Once your starbursts are in place and the first coat of clear is dry, apply another layer of clear on top. I used this one from Walgreens which worked really well and didn’t mess with the leafing at all.

Show us your copper starbursts on Insta! @thebeautydept

NAILED IT!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

While the nail art trend goes on a major hiatus, there will always be a spot in our hearts for layering! The diehard polish princesses around our office still need something fun happening on all ten. This is our new favorite winter combo. So fun, so simple and so pretty! Layering is the best because there are no rules, it’s just all about your favorite color combos.

Here we’ve used two colors and a top coat. A) TENOVERTEN (one of my favorite NYC mani spots) makes the perfect winter blue called “Commerce”. It’s available here. B) The perfect white snowy layer is made by E.L.F. cosmetics called “Enchanted” and it’s available here and at Target!

  1. Always use a good base coat of your choice when doing darker colors to keep your nails from getting stained if they’re porous. Add your base polish color. Here we used “Commerce” mentioned above.
  2. Next, paint on your white snowfall!
  3. Add a clear topcoat and that’s it.

Pretty basic, but very exciting to us in Southern California where this is all the snow we’re going to see this year!  If you do this mani, don’t forget to tag us on insta! @thebeautydept

MANI MONDAY

Post/Photos: Kristin Ess

Based on your comments on Instagram and here on TBD about how much you loved our quick lemon mani last Monday, we thought we’d polish up another little pretty one! It’s so simple and fast, anyone can do it. Plus, how could you resist a cute floral pattern?

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