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Just in time for Valentine's Day, OnSugar blogger LesleyKat is offering up this fun tutorial for a cool ombré manicure. She used four different shades of polish and a makeup sponge to create this unique look, so be sure to read her full post to get all the steps. Happy painting.
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It's that time again. The color experts at Pantone have announced their color of the year. For 2010, it was all about turquoise, and we saw the blue-green hue everywhere from celebrity eyeliner looks to department store palettes to MAC's dazzling Alice and Olivia collaboration. And for 2011, the color is honeysuckle. The reddish-pink shade provides a nice healthy glow to the skin and is said to be alluring, engaging, and uplifting. "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues," said Pantone's Leatrice Eiseman. Sounds good to me. Check out a few enlightening beauty options featuring the shade below:
- For the hair: Ground the pink shade with a touch of black, like with Hype's Blair Feather Headbands ($38). For extra flair, Forever 21's Floral Mesh Satin Headband ($2) or Sequin Bow Pins ($3) will add just the right amount of impact.
- For the nails: Try CND's Color in Smoothie ($7).
- For the lips: For the a pink pout that makes a statement, how about some Paul and Joe Lipstick in Poppy ($20)?
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Since purples, glitters, and textured finishes are just about everywhere these days, I decided to make my own spin on these trends by creating this glittery green and purple holiday manicure. First, I started off with two thin layers of Nyx Fig ($3), which is slightly similar to Chanel's wildly popular Paradoxal. (Be sure to check out a few tips for applying a dark polish here.)
Then, I used the Teal Sparkle Effect shade from CND's Fall/Winter 2010 Night Factory Duo set ($16) as a top coat. The almost-iridescent results I got from combining these cool-toned shades together garnered lots of compliments. And nobody even noticed my less-than-model perfect digits. (It's an an intense job, anyway.)
Good news for women who love long-wearing manicures: this March, CND will introduce 12 more maintenance-free Shellac nail polish colors. Ranging from hot pink to a barely-there buff, these new hues add to the original dozen shades.
If you aren't sold on the chipped manicure trend, then CND's 14-day manicure may be just the thing for you. We've tried Shellac — check out our video review — and can't get over how long it wears. And adding 12 more shades to choose from? That's a dozen more reasons to love it.
Fall 2010 nail polish collections are certainly sophisticated, but when it comes to the season's most playful holiday, it's time to have some shimmery, wacky fun. Last year for Halloween, we saw lots of sparkle and vivid hues, but this year, there's plenty more creative flair added to the mix. See what I mean now.
Backstage at Marc Jacobs, we caught up with beauty dream team François Nars, Guido Palau and Jan Arnold. The NARS founder explained the intense makeup look, while Redken creative consultant Guido talked about the Vogue editor who inspired a hairstyle. CND co-founder Jan also chimed in with the scoop on nails. Watch now!
To find Marc Jacobs' beauty muse for spring, set the wayback machine to the Me Decade. "We were inspired by Angelica Huston in the '70s," lead makeup artist François Nars explained. To create the bold matte lip, he applied his own Pure Matte lipstick in Volga, along with African Queen lip liner and eyeliner pencil in Mambo. The glossy dark green eye was created with Night Porter and Nouveau Monde eye shadows; Celebrate soft touch shadow pencil; and Larger Than Life mascara. On cheeks, models wore Nars' cult-fave blush Orgasm. Notably absent: eyebrows, which were bleached before the show.
Pedicures were done with CND's Bloodline polish — which, we hear, Marc chose as soon as he saw it. For hands, manicurist Elisa Ferri created a natural-looking nail with CND Perfectly Bare nail polish (with a few drops of Super Matte mixed in). Hair, by Guido Palau for Redken, was inspired in part by Vogue editor Grace Coddington. Check back soon for our backstage video report on Marc's beauty look.
How to make neutral nails stand out? That's simple: just add cocktail rings. At today's Diego Binetti show, manicurist Roxanne Valinoti created manicures using baubles and fabric from the collection. To catch the light better, she layered CND's Perfectly Bare Shimmer, out next March — which gives all of us a few months to work on perfecting our nail-sculpture skills.