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HOLOGRAM + CHROME NAILS

 

Ohhhhh. Guess who got in REAL early on that hologram mani… ✨☄ #hologramnails {giving you every little detail, photos and footage tomorrow on @thebeautydept}

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Okayyyy, these nails are absurd in the best way and I am so into them. I mean, what even is this stuff? Car paint? I follow this nail salon on Instagram called Gloss Nail Spa, which is here in LA, Silverlake to be exact, and I originally saw this look on one of their posts. I took a 2 year hiatus from the nail art game and have been sticking to the classics (aka: being boring af) for the last couple years. But this is giving me major flashbacks to my love of nail art and I’m feeling like maybe I should be revisiting that subject. Anyway, the point: When I started seeing these hologram nails I was like, HOW?? I deep creeped on the www and found that it’s done with an impossibly fine powder. There are tons of “hologram” nail polishes out there but this is referred to in the nail world as “hologram chrome powder” or “hologram mirror powder” and it’s not a regular polish. Here’s how mine were done…

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Right now I have some length added onto natural my nails. I realized afterward, I kinda liked this look better on shorter nails, personally. I’ll probably do hologram again on my natural nail at some point (see how cute they are at the bottom!).

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So, my nail polish was removed first. and gel polish was applied. You have to pick a base of some kind. I chose the palest pink they had because I didn’t want these to be about the color underneath. You can see down below how the base color effects the final look.

 

Time to get your hologram polish on, people! Post is up along with all the fun details on this shiny situation ☄✨{post by @kristin_ess, clickable link up top}

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Next they add the powder. It’s applied with a sponge at this place but while looking on the internets I found that some people do it with those tiny old school eyeshadow sponge wands. (By the way, if you’re a pro or you are just an unofficial nail expert who knows how to do gels, here is the link to the HOLOGRAM CHROME POWDER.)

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Last, the clear coat of gel is added over the top.

Here you can see a little more of their handiwork with various base colors…

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This first one was done with a pale purple/lavender underneath.

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This one had white underneath.

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These ones have pink underneath.

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These have an orange/coral color underneath. I think these might be my favorite.

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These have a darker purple underneath.

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And these were mine with the pale pink.

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By the way, this is the same process using the “chrome” instead of the “hologram chrome”, just for your mental records!

DIY METALLIC STORY

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This isn’t a sit-down-let’s-DIY-today kind of project. This is a little lip sitch that I like to do all of the time when I want to take my nude lip a little more uptown. But let me warn you, it’s addictive. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

tbd rose gold lip sitchSTEPS

That’s it! I think the gloss adds a little je ne sais quoi but you could leave it matte. Just be careful to lightly apply the pressure with the wand so it rolls over the champagne shadow but doesn’t move it.

 

OUR TOP FOUR EYE CREAM TRICKS

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

If I could come hang with each one of you and pass down words of wisdom to keep your skin young as long as possible, it would be to make eye cream a twice a day habit. Then apply it with these four tips in mind.

MY FAVORITE EYE CREAMS:

  • $$$ — I always use Awakening Eye Cream on my clients because it instantly makes the skin around the eyes look more rested.
  • $$ — I personally use this Magic Eye Cream because I feel like I need a really heavy one now!
  • $ — I love this Hyaluronic Eye Cream because it replenishes the Hyaluronic Acid that we lose as we get older.

tbd eye love youSTEPS

TOP FOUR TIPS:

  1. Use your ring finger (your least strong digit) to dot it along the eye socket. Not closer than that because it will travel up inside your eyes and irritate them (making puffy bags).
  2. Now tap it in like your playing the piano to increase circulation and blood flow while you’re stippling it in.
  3. Then tap the excess along the perimeter of your upper lip as that’s an area that needs extra TLC.
  4. And swirl the remainder on the back of your hand.

LIP SERVICE

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Matte lipstick has been huge for a few years now. But there’s something we can do to make it a little more alive! I promise you will still enjoy the effect of a matte lip. But there will be more life to it if you do this:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. You can skip this step but I’m a big fan of a lined lip so I start by lining the perimeter with the lip pencil.
  2. Next fill in the lip area with the matching lipstick.
  3. Now here’s the trick: apply the lip gloss to the center of the bottom lip. It instantly adds volume and dimension with its little hint of shine. And don’t worry if you rub your lips together and it gets onto the middle of the top lip because that’s pretty too!