The past two weeks have been filled with lots of Halloween makeup and nail fun. Today I wanted to share with you two of my Halloween-inspired nail ideas that I got from CutePolish. If you don’t follow her on Youtube you are missing out!
Here’s the first one…
This one works great on oval/stiletto- shaped nails. For Frankenstein, paint your middle finger nail two coats of an opaque light green. Create the hair, brows and nose with a black striper. Make the eyeballs using the end of a bobby pin with black polish first, then white. For the Mummy, paint your ring finger nail two solid coats of white and let dry. Then use a black striper for the lines. Fill in one triangle with black, then add two white dots (with the end of a bobby pin) for eyes, and finish off with smaller orange or red dots for “scary eyes.”
Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skulls
I got a ton of compliments on this one. Paint three of your nails a bright blue (or any bright color you like!) Paint the middle two fingernails two solid coats of white. Create the eye sockets with a the end of a bobby pin and black polish. Pick 3-4 bright colors and apply them around the eye sockets with either a toothpick or a nail dotting tool (use the tiny end for these). For the nose, apply two dots of black then connect them with a black striper. For the teeth, create 8 big dots of black (four on top, four on bottom), then after it dries, add 8 smaller coats of white, leaving the edges of the black exposed. Finally draw a line between the teeth with a black striper. Done!
Which one is your favorite? Let me know if you try any of these designs I’d love to see them!
Fall has been a whirlwind. I’ve been working 6-7 days a week (happily, might I add) but that doesn’t mean I let my nail art fall by the wayside. Here’s what’s been on my tips this past season.
These nails look “sinister-cool”, just like The Little Mermaid’s villain, Ursula. I used Essie’s Chinchilly, which is a neutral plum-grey, for the base. I followed the sharp tips of my nails for the stripes of black. You can also rock this look on square-shaped nails, just line the black polish at an angle for the same effect!
Teal Time Nails
If you follow this blog, then you know that I’m a sucker for anything teal. For this look, I rocked a deep dark teal polish on all my nails except for my accent nail, which I chose to paint with Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. I topped off the thumb with Deborah Lippman’s dreamy confection, Across The Universe. The reason this look works is because the polishes I chose are in the same color family, just different shades. You could also recreate this look with purples, reds, oranges, etc. Just keep them all in the same color!
Purple Rain Nails
These nails pay homage to the concept above, except I did it in purple. I chose five different shades of purple- eggplant, eggplant-glitter, fuschia, grey-plum and lilac.
This one’s a repeat design from a look I rocked last fall. I chose a polish with a duo-chrome finish for the base and used a black striper for the stripes. The accent nail in black just makes the whole look sleeker.
What is your favorite nail design? Will you try any of these? I’d love to see any recreations! Hashtag your photos on Instagram with #leadingladynails
This has been a fun and busy summer for me. I had a ton of weddings and freelance clients on top of working on-call with MAC. And in between all that, we had a few small trips to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Dana Point and Temecula. I still managed to keep up with my nail art obsession and wanted to show you some of my favorites. Here are my “Best of the summer” nails:
Black & White Stripes
Stripes were a huge in fashion this summer, showing up on everyone’s dresses, shirts and shoes. I decided to bring the trend right onto my lil’ ol’ nail beds. This is a very simple design. Go with an opaque white like Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. I L-O-V-E this formula! Super thick so you only need one or two coats (yes, even with white) and it wears way longer. One week later and still no chipping at the top of the nails. Use a black striper to create the lines. Top with a quick-drying top coat. Voila!
Peaches, Cream and Glitter
For this peachy look, I used MAC’s Life After Beth Nail Lacquer then used a white striper for the lines and the chevron design. I used a gold glitter that had big and small pieces for the other nails.
I know this isn’t exactly nail art, but when Sheswai sent me this color, I fell in love. This is literally the only color I will wear without nail art because it’s just so lovely on its own. The formaldehyde-free formula is also cruelty-free and super opaque. Love it too? It’s called For Real and you can purchase it HERE. It’s so long-wearing, you’ll think it’s gel!
Neon Aztec Nail Art
You’ll notice that as the summer wore on I went more and more oval/stiletto with my nail shape. It just looks so feminine and sexy. I officially refuse to go back to the “squovals” I rocked for the last 10 years. No one wants square shaped nails anymore! It’s all about elongating your fingers and hands.
This was my favorite of the whole season. I used China Glaze’s Shocking Pink polish, which is one of the only polishes I’ve used and loved so much that I ran out and bought another. The Aztec design was created using Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in White On then applying a black striper for the lines. I chose to only do two nails in the Aztec design because let’s face it- ain’t nobody have time for a full set.
Which one was your favorite? Would you try any of these?
Hi beauties! Today we are discussing the ever-popular gel manicure. Gel manicures are fantastic for the girl on the go and women who are hard on their hands. Everyone from moms to executives are fans of gel mani’s for this reason: they last up to two weeks. The polish literally will not chip or budge until you take it off.
And just like any other beauty fad, there are do’s and don’ts for this look. I want to walk you through how to properly rock and remove a gel manicure.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do apply a sunscreen on your hands before going under the LED light at the salon.
The lights that harden the gel polish contain UV rays and not only cause your skin to age, but also produce harmful carcinogens. Treat your hands as if you were going to spend the day at the beach and protect them with an SPF of 35 and above.
Don’t scrape off the polish—this is terrible for your nails and will strip them!
You can have it removed professionally at the salon OR do it yourself at home: it’s possible! I learned how to do it myself from this helpful video:
Do trim your nails as they grow.
File off the top, then apply a clear top coat to seal the edges. My nails grow like weeds so I file them at least once a week
Don’t keep the gel manicure on past two weeks.
PET PEEVE ALERT: Something that really bugs me is when I look at people’s gel mani’s and see half-an-inch of new nail growing out from the bottom. GROSS! Just because the polish hasn’t chipped doesn’t mean you should keep your gel polish going for a month. It’s tacky.
Do get gel pedicures: they are especially amazing on the toes!
I cannot say that enough. Since toe nails grow slower than finger nails, gel pedicures are a great option. You actually CAN keep your gel pedicure going for a month!
It’s the weekend! Only a few more hours of work for those of you struggling to make it past lunch.
Every week, I try to paint my nails a normal, solid color. And every week, I end up shellacking them with glitter, stamps, intricate designs and other forms of nail art graffiti. I’m sorry, I’m addicted. It’s gotten to the point where my nails just look sad to me when they are not glitterfied and decorated to the max. Some may think it’s tacky (it usually is) but I truly enjoy it. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite designs I did to my nails this past year. Enjoy!
Clearly, I live in L.A., and the coldest it gets here is 55 degrees at night. But still. Call me warm blooded but I am always freezing! I sleep with a comforter, blanket, and sometimes a Korean blanket (which weighs like 75 pounds, no lie). I wanted to interpret how frigidly cold I always am in the winter with a mani and found this great one from Cute Polish on YouTube. Check her out! She has literally has the cutest designs and they are super easy.
Is anyone really surprised that did this look? A) I love Halloween and B) I am obsessed with glitter on everything so I thought, why not do both on my digits? Now, anytime I look down at my hands I smile with Halloween glee (whatever that looks like). The cobweb was done with a long, skinny nail art striping brush using silver, and highlighting with white. This particular glitter is my favorite in my collection, with chunky pieces of gold, blue and hot pink glitter (my heart beats for thee!) I wanted to do the glitter on the rest of the nails but I figured this would be quicker to remove. Nothing’s worse than sitting there for an hour with your poor fingers drenched in remover and cotton ball-hairs stuck on every piece of glitter!
Everyone knows how excited I am about Nail Art being a big trend this summer, so imagine my stoked-ness when the reverse half moon trend was introduced on the runways this year. Thanks to Miss Maven for bringing these to my attention!
A photo from Vena Cava’s runway show
YOU WILL NEED:
Black nail polish
Beige/Skin Tone nail polish
A small, thin art brush
I did my nails by painting two coats of beige, then took a nail art brush and hand drew the black half-moons. It’s not exactly the easiest way, and since I’m right handed, my right hand nails needed some extra time to not look wobbly. If you want to try this look, an easier way of doing it could be using reenforcement stickers ‘a la Good Taste. All in all, I LOVE this look and will probably be incorporating fall colors in September.