When you’re sick, you take aspirin to reduce inflammation. When you have an unhappy pimple, you’d do anything to reduce the inflammation. You’re curious to see if it will work on blemishes the same way it works on a fever, so you make a paste and try it out. Eureka!! The pimple has calmed down and is much smaller. Nuff said! Here’s how: READ MORE…
We’re mixing it up this 4th of July! Instead of the typical red, white + blue nail art wanted to do something a little more chic and wearable. Right now we’re pretty obsessed with white nails because they just look so clean and classic. The only thing that could make a white nail better would be adding a little GOLD! Today we’re doing our own take on the 4th of July mani to share with you gorgeous gals before the upcoming holiday. First let’s talk about how to make a star…
Remember the tutorial on how to make a heart? This is similar. We’re using the mechanical pencil method from this tutorial because you can get finer lines when making a star than you can when using a toothpick or dotting tool. So first you want to make a little puddle (a drop really) of paint as seen above, then scoop a little polish up on the pencil. READ MORE…
Call us old-fashioned, but we always keep a notepad + ink handy. Even in the age of iCals and digital to-do lists, we still rely on the trusty ball-point pen. And, when your 9-to-5 revolves around beauty, not just any stack of paper will do. Enter, Rifle Paper C! Husband/wife team Anna + Nathan Bond‘s nostalgia-inducing stationary is (literally) one for the books. We were so smitten with the floral print pads (a similar set is now available at Target, FYI!) that our mani-master went straight to work on some inspired nail art. Whether your garden rivals Versailles or features a single potted plant, this is one surefire way to earn that green thumb you’ve always wanted. Follow Anna on Instagram for more fancy floral inspiration: @AnnaRifleBond. Ok, here we go!
Below you’ll find the color key for all the polishes we used. You can use the same or something similar.
The best thing about this manicure is that the no flower will ever look the same since they’re hand painted. Don’t get frustrated if your flower doesn’t look exactly like the picture. You’ll notice our flowers that were painted on the actual nail vs the flowers done below for instruction look totally different!
Tool-wise you will need: A few very small paint brushes (I even used the ends of the paintbrush sometimes–that’s the blue stick you see below), a dotting tool, a mechanical pencil.
- Make 5-7 petals using a bright red nail polish with it’s own brush.
- Add a black dot of polish to the center.
- Swirl it around gently using a mechanical pencil or dotting tool.
- Add a couple of brush strokes, using your rust color and your thinnest brush, just outside of the black dot.
- Add leaves to the left side.
- Add leaves to the right side.
- Throw in a touch of gold for good measure!
- Make 4 dots with a light peach color using the back of your paintbrush (or something larger than a dotting tool).
- Drop a dot of coral polish in the center.
- Drop a dot of rust polish in the center of the coral.
- Gently swirl the center using a mechanical pencil. Allow it to dry a little before moving to the next step.
- Use a dotting tool to add a black dot to the center.
- Now use a mechanical pencil to add tiny dots around the black dot.
- Use a small paintbrush and dark green polish to add leaves to both sides.
- Add gold to the center of the leaves using a mechanical pencil. You can see I added a couple extra coral brush strokes to the center of the flower. You can do that or you don’t have to. Totally optional!
Index Finger: (I’m showing you this over a green painted swatch so you can see it!)
- At the corner of your nail, make 4-5 white petals.
- With a thin brush and teal paint, add 3 or 4 lines to each side of the flower.
- Now you’re going to alternate gold + peach brush strokes for the center of the flower. I started with gold.
- Then peach strokes inside of those.
- Then gold strokes inside of those.
- Then another peach stroke or 2 inside of those.
Last but not least, the Pinky + Thumb fingers:
- Use your thinnest brush and darkest green polish to make the twig shape seen in step 1.
- Use a dotting tool or the back of the paintbrush to add teal “berries” to the the ends the twig stems.
Add a solid topcoat over everything and have the best time staring at your fingers for the next week or so. We sure did. If you spend the time doing this we would LOVE to see it on instagram! Tag us @TheBeautyDept! xo
Have you ever taken a peek behind-the-scenes on a photoshoot? More often than not, there is a big vanity with a lot of lightbulbs around it which help us see every little detail with our client’s face + hair. Lighting is incredibly important when you’re getting ready and it can be quite tricky if the room where you’re getting ready is darker or if you’re getting ready to out at night. As you may know we’ve partenered up with Target for the month of May to see what beauty favorites we could introduce you to… and now we need a new place to put it all! Today we’re going to show you how to build your own vanity at home for less than it costs to buy one (because let’s face it, vanities with lights are NOT cheap!).
We ordered the desk, the mirror and the lights online. We also ordered some small nails, but you may have some already. Below, you can find the links to the things we ordered along with the price.
- Carson Desk ($82)- Assembly for this table took about 20 minutes. PS- IT’S ON SALE RIGHT NOW! Hooray!
- Threshold Flat Mirror ($35)- Prep the mirror with the small nails before you hang the mirror. I put the nails about 6″ apart.
- String Lights (order these online $11.99 or pick up these in-store $12.99) - String the lights around the mirror using the nails to hold them up. There will be excess lights so you can either go around again or you can take the bulbs out and gather the cord behind the desk with a rubberband (which is what we chose to do.) Wish we could have found these lights with white cords, but no such luck! The ones we got still looked great.
- Accessorize with anything you want! Here you can see we love a good mix of makeup, flowers and sparkly jewelry on the vanity. It’s really fun to style with your own pretty things.
We know the grand total of $130 still isn’t cheap, but it’s a fraction of what we’ve found out there for vanities with lights and we think it’s well worth the investment. Follow TBD + TARGET on Pinterest for more fun beauty finds!