Posts Tagged ‘valentine’s day’

MANI MONDAY: WASHI TAPE GLITTER HEART

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

It’s almost Valentine’s day!! Whether you’re celebrating or not, a heart mani always looks simple + sweet. After trying to get a perfect heart a million different ways, I finally figured out the best way to do it. Washi tape! You can order it online, find it at a stationery store, or I’ve even seen it at Target in the stationery section. Washi tape is much less sticky than regular tape so you don’t have to worry about it adhering and pulling off your base color so much. Okay, here’s how we got the perfect heart!

  1. You’ll need a red, a metallic gold + a gold glitter. I used this for my red, this for my metallic gold + this for my gold glitter.
  2. You’ll also need washi tape and small scissors. I used the kind for trimming brows.
  3. Paint your nails with the red and let them dry for a few hours. I like to let the base dry overnight just to be safe.
  4. Cut a 2-3″ piece of washi tape, fold it in half but leave the ends apart like you see in photo 4.
  5. Place the open ends of the washi tape on your pointer finger on the opposite hand you cut with. Cut out a half heart that is a little less than half the width of the nail you’re putting the heart on.
  6. Gently peel your washi tape open to see the full heart.
  7. Place it on the nail and press the edges with a soft, dry, clean paintbrush.
  8. Paint the metallic coat first. This will give you the perfect heart shape, which you can’t get when using glitter polish alone.
  9. Now add the glitter polish on top of that.
  10. Peel your tape off slowly while the metallic and glitter polishes are still wet. You don’t want them to dry to the washi tape.

You can use a detailing brush to add more glitter to the heart if you want to. Add a top coat once the glitter heart has dried. xo

WHY NOT? VALENTINE EDITION

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Oh hey Fancy Face! This playful look is of course inspired by Dorothy’s ruby red slippers! Because who said glitter is only wearable on the eyes? When you’re headed out to a Valentine’s party (or need a reason to throw one!), try this and you’re sure to sparkle! Here’s how: (more…)

MANI MONDAY (DOUBLE FEATURE!!)

Hot date this Valentine’s day? Perhaps you want to try this mani! And even if you’re flying solo or hanging with friends, this manicure is bestie approved and the combination is really fun. Fully inspired by a pair of Louboutins– it’s like looking at them from the bottom. The subtle hint of animal print + rich red = a fun, flirty vibe!

TOOLS: cheetah print nail stickers (used OPI + Sephora in this tutorial), reinforcement stickers, red nail polish, clear top coat.

Steps

1. Read the instructions on how to apply the nail strips because the directions vary from brand to brand.

2. Apply the cheetah print nail strips on all fingers as your base.

3. Apply the reinforcement stickers on each finger. You can put them where ever you want, but I like to follow the “moons” of the nails.

4. Now paint your nails red. Start at the edge of the sticker and paint to the tip of your nail. Do a second coat if neccessary!

5. Last but not least, add a quick drying top coat!

AND… Next up is the sweeter side of the Valentine mani. This was done by our super talented friend Jenna Day! Of course you’ll remember her from THIS metallic mani. She won our guest blogger contest last year and her tutorial was a big hit!! We “heart” her and all of this cuteness… Thanks Jenna!

TOOLS: base & top coat, dark pink, medium pink, light pink, reinforcement stickers.

Steps

1. Start with either your darkest pink or lightest pink.  Try to use colors that have good coverage with just one coat because you want this layer to dry completely before the next step.

2. Put 2 reinforcement stickers together (should look like an “8”) and place them towards the bottom of your nails. You are going to do this twice so look at your nail and cover 1/3 each time. You want to make room for all 3 of the colors for the final look.

3. Paint your medium color. If possible just paint 1 coat, you will also want this to dry completely before placing stickers on your nails again. Use quick drying nail polish for the first and middle layers.

4. Remove the stickers when the paint has dried with your medium shade. Waiting for it to dry is important because removing the sticker too soon will cause the nail polish to smear and not have clean lines!

5. Now repeat steps 2 & 3 this time using either your darkest pink or lightest pink.

6. Remove the stickers once that layer has dried and check out those nails!!! At first they may look choppy and layered but once your apply your top coat it will even out and complete the look on your nails. Plus putting stickers on your nails can dull your color some so this also helps your colors be bright and shiny again.

ALL DOLLED DOWN

photo: russell james/design: eunice chun

I’m the first to preach that we should dress only for ourselves; and maybe occasionally for our girlfriends… but never dress for guys (because sexiness comes from a confidence within). Well, we all know that Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that it’s fun to wear what he’d like us to wear! And since that translates to makeup as well, the truth of the matter is, guys like girls with as little makeup as possible. I know some of you are all over that as you can’t be bothered with makeup, but a lot of us rather die than not wear any makeup, especially around a guy we like! So here are some of our top no-makeup makeup secrets that will define and bring life to your face without him knowing you’re wearing anything! And this concept can be applied for any dates, not just Valentine’s Day…

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