There’s only one way to polish off 2012— with sparkle. New Year’s Eve is made for glitter! And there are some really amazing glittery lacquers on the market. Check out my must-haves in the gallery above!
And if you want to take your sparkle fingers to the next level super easy, check out my glitter fade tutorial. Happy 2013!
Hands down Halloween is my fave holiday. Sure, I usually dress like a freak from another universe on any given day, but I like when I get to blend in on October 31st. I’ve already been heavily preparing my costume by eating my way through two bags of candy this week. This year, I’m going to fill out my costume with some extra booty— or as I’ve taken to calling it, flava boom. Although I can’t decide what to be: an Olympic synchronized swimmer or Dolly Parton, again.
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Here in New York City, we take our brunch seriously. My girls and I like to get together and do it up! My best dish is grits … my only dish is grits. But that as a nail design would probably look more like the back of my thighs than delicious creamy polenta. So, I went for the classics— a donut, bacon, eggs, and a fork to shovel it all in your pie hole. Keep reading »
The first day of school is 10 percent who your new teachers are, 90 percent your outfit. Ok, maybe 10 percent is who that new hottie is, but that can just factor right back into your outfit because you want him to notice you, obvs. And nail art is just another way to show off your awesome sauce! So, I’ve put together this slideshow of some of my fave looks from some super talented nail artists to inspire you to do up your digits for your big first day!
Here’s my back to school cool look — saddle shoes! My mom got me a fresh pair of these kicks every year for elementary school. Instead of being on my feet, this time around, I put them on Kiki T’s hands. Special thanks to the best hand model/astrologist in the world! I only wish we went to the same school back in the day….
Hey gurl, nice can! That’s what our friend Fiona from the Byrne Notice been hearing since she asked for these soda nails with fizzy glitter ombre. The sugar rush drink nails are a cool twist on the hot glitter fade trend. Amelia has been rawking gold glitter over a taupe-y nude, which is a subtle, sophisticated way to sparkle. Although, I have to say, if I could do these nails all over again, I’d put the glitter on a black nail so it looked more like soda.
I’ve heard from Fiona and Amelia, and now I would love to hear what you Frisky gals and gents would like to see next…. What kind of nail art would you like to bedazzle with?
In the summer, I’m all about neon toes. I’ll spare you the shot my hooves, because I love you. Here are all of my favorite day-glos on my hands. As I’ve hunted for the most saturated shades, I’ve seen some serious clunkers — even from some of my fave brands. Neons are hard pigments to get popping in nail polish form. Like all lacquers, some are better than others, but with day-glos, so many fall short of even being wearable. Who has time to apply five coats, let alone wait for them to dry?! So, I wanted to separate the men from the boys, so to speak. Here are the best and the brightest colors you can do up your digits with!
TIP: Before you apply neon polish, do a coat of an opaque nude or white to help the color really glow. In this hot shot, I’m sporting my favorite nude, Paul & Joe #25.
Ex-boyfriend going extra cray? Roommate riding your nerves like a pony? Boss man keeping you down? Ward off the haters with evil eyes! For my gurl Dana here, I added an acid wash denim design and nail art bullion studs so she would look like a force to be reckoned with. Just talk to the hand, and it says, “Bitch, please!”
To do up this look on your digits, check out my tutorial at BeautyHigh.
If you ask me, the best part about summer is all the seasonal ice cream shops that pop up. Even though I’m an adult (barely), I still can’t stop my cone from melting all over my hands. So, it seemed natural to recreate that drippy deliciousness on my fingers, this time with my collection of nail art stripers and Essie pastel polish. I’m especially digging the neon creamsicle color called “Action.”
Although Essie goes on smooth, I hit a few bumps, literally. My nails might look good enough to eat, but the oh-so trendy caviar should not be consumed. Little rolling balls do not belong on nails. I used them here to top my ice cream with sprinkles and I totally regret it. They’re cute for a couple days, but good luck getting them to survive a hot shower. We all scream for ice cream. Caviar, not so much.
This summer, I’m all about the studs. And not just the shirtless ones at the beach (although I would also like to get my hands on some of them too.) For my beauty expert buddies at Lifebooker, I bedazzled some series nail hardware. Check out editor Anna’s done up digits— hope she’s not going to try to get through an airport metal detector with these.
Here’s how you can have this hawt #GetNailedWithLB look! Paint your nails as per usual. Then bust out your nail art striper and draw lines across your nails where you want to stud.
To apply the studs you will need an orange stick, a base coat, a nail art sealer or bonder top coat and some studs you can find at a beauty supply store. First, coat your nail with your nail art sealer or bonder topcoat. Then, tap the tip of your orange stick into the basecoat brush to pick up a bit of polish. Next, tap your stick onto the stud to lift it up and place it down on the nail. Coat your nail again with the nail art sealer or bonder and boom! Your nails are more metal than Ozzy. Check out some more studded nail art styles above!
America, land of the free, home of the brave DIY nail artists like you, gurl. So, get out your metallic polishes because we’re gonna salute this nation. And what better way than with some sparkly firework fingers?