Sometimes, you want to feel festive, but the whole green/red/blue issue can be too literal. No offense to snowflakes, snowmen, or the like, but this manicure gets you into the spirit of the holidays and translates perfectly into the New Year without a flaw. And if you like mattes and metallics, well, by golly, you're in luck! Plus, learn how to pull off the ever-impressive eclipse nail art technique.
If you're looking for the perfect way to inspire her this holiday season, these beauty volumes should be on your gift list. They're good for so much more than keeping glass stains off the coffee table. Each page is packed with hair, makeup, and nail tips from celebrities and industry insiders. Whether the recipient likes a good self-help book, prefers a historical drama, or salivates over amazing photography, there is an option in this roundup. Click through to kick-start your friend's romance with all things beauty.
This year was a big one for color cosmetics, especially when it came to bright makeup. Turquoise blues, hot pinks, and pastel whites were all major trends in makeup and nails in 2013, which made every beauty maven squeal with glee. And while we already know that Radiant Orchid is poised to be one of 2014's hottest colors, we can't help but hope some of the hues below make it through 2013. Keep scrolling to see some of the hottest pigment trends of the year!
White Eye MakeupSure, white may be the absence of color, but this shade made eyes pop in 2013. It was sketched in close as eyeliner and washed across the lid as shadow, proving that this seemingly simple hue is more than versatile.
Hot Pink LipstickWe gave our red lipsticks a break this year and embraced a sexier shade: hot pink. Diane von Furstenberg showed off the hue for Fall, and we taught you how to apply it with ease. This color looks gorgeous in the colder months, so you can keep wearing it through the holidays!
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Whether it's on the red carpet or Instagram, we all love nails. From a glossy red manicure to intricate nail art, there are many ways for us to polish our fingertips, and we never get tired of trying out a new bottle. This holiday there are plenty of gorgeous polish sets, small and large, for the lacquer lover on your list. Here's what we're adding to our wish lists!
Imagine if Coachella met Fashion Week but in a gallery setting, and you've got Art Basel, the three-day art festival that just wrapped up in Miami over the weekend. Sartorial stars like Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Hart mingled with musicians and artists to soak up the sun and check out the art. And in addition to the art that was shown on a grand scale, we zoomed in on the art that happened on a smaller scale. So micro, in fact, that it was spotted on people's nails. Whenever beauty app designer and nail queen of Instagram Hannah Bronfman shows up to a party, you know the manicures are going to be great. But other ladies were upping their nail A-game, too. Scroll on for our favorite looks.
One showgoer showed off her handiwork with some NCLA It Don't Matter Nail Wraps ($16).
Going along with the art theme of the week, this fashion girl painted Banksy and Shepard Fairey prints all over her fingertips.
This woman opted for some sketched-on eyes to decorate her mini canvases.
A gilded manicure and turquoise eyebrows made for a surprisingly awesome pairing.
Pantone has announced its color for 2014, and the winner is Radiant Orchid. We think this is a fabulous choice for a bevy of reasons. We've already seen this hue in its multiple shades on the Spring 2014 runways of Costello Tagliapietra, Naeem Khan, and PPQ (above).
But aside from that, a bunch of celebrities have also been spotted sporting this look. AnnaSophia Robb (above, left) swept the shade across her lids, while color enthusiast Lupita Nyong'o (above, right) wore the exact shade on her lips. The best part, though? We definitely already own it . . . in multiples! The color is superwearable, be it on your nails, on your eyes, or across your lips, and looks good on a lot of different skin tones. But just in case you aren't already stocked, we've got you covered. Shop your new favorite products below!
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some festive nail art? Whether you're penguin-obsessed, all about glitter, or have an affinity for snowflakes (as seen in our simple snowflake nail art, above), we have a nail art tutorial to match. Just scroll down, find your favorite look, and click through to find the instructions on how to do it yourself . . . Simple as that!
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The holiday season is rife with glitter nail polish of all sorts, from flakies to hexagon shapes to everything in between. And while this variety of lacquer is festive and fun, the removal process isn't always quite as joyous. To remove glitter nail polish, you don't have to use mountains of cotton pads and gallons of polish remover. Just follow these simple tips below to make it easy on yourself.
- Step 1: Completely saturate a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover. Next, set the soaked cotton ball on your pinky nail and wrap it completely in aluminum foil.
- Step 2: Repeat the process on each of your fingers and thumb, pressing down on the foils while the remover works its magic.
- Step 3: Let sit for about five minutes and then slide the foils off to reveal glitter-free nails.
- Step 4: Repeat steps one through three on the opposite hand.
Alternative: In lieu of foil and cotton balls, use white felt with acetone nail polish remover to get the glitter off. What are your tips for wiping away glitter lacquer? Share them with us in the comments now.
You don't have to put a ring on it to give your hands a little extra sparkle this holiday season. You can amp up your basic manicure with a rhinestone nail charm on your nails, and the gift-giving season is the perfect time to try on a bow accent. To keep things simple, I went with a basic pink polish using Essie Status Symbol ($8). After painting each finger, add a sparkling bow charm to just one finger. I found mine at Your Beauty Store, which has a huge selection of rhinestone nail charms. It's quite a simple look, but the dazzling element makes this manicure seem much more advanced, not to mention festive.
To dress up your nail sans the 3D action, paint a bow with nail polish instead. A dot in the middle followed by two triangular-shaped "wings" on each end will give you a sweet bow-tie look in seconds. And you can get sparkly with a glitter or metallic polish too!