Forget Your Basic French With Glitter Tips

I’ve been adding glitter to the tips of my nails for an extra dose of sparkle for some time now. However, I recently discovered a new way to upgrade the look.

The Inspiration: Cosmo’s Glitter Nail Tutorial

Cosmo’s how-to featured nude nails with piles of glitter. While I felt the tutorial was a bit specific to using certain types of glitter, my main takeaway was how to layer different glitter polishes.

My Way:

White #mani with gold & #glitter tips 💅 #nailart

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Instead of leaving my nails nude, I chose an off-white polish that I’d normally reserve for when I’m a bit tanner. However, adding glitter to the white gave it a more springtime feel.

Get the look:

1. After applying your base coat (always apply base coat!), paint a white coat of polish on your nail. I used Nicole by OPI’s sweet surrender. Let it dry.

2. Use a gold polish to paint a stroke across the tip of your nail. It should be about the width of the brush itself. Don’t worry about it being straight, the glitter (step 3!) will cover up a messy line. I used Sephora by OPI’s worth my weight.

3. For this step, you’ll need a clear based polish with loose glitter inside, like Essie’s jazzy jubilant. You need to get as much of the glitter on your brush as possible and paint it over the gold line you made.

4. Paint a topcoat on and prepare for compliments!

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Outline Nails, From the Runway to My Fingertips

When I worked as a street photographer at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014, my job may have been to photograph stylish outfits, but I often found my eye gravitating towards trendy accessories and manicures. This look, the outline nail, is one I’ve been dying to try since it hit the runway.

The inspiration: Deborah Lippmann for Band Of Outsiders

outline deborah lippmann for band of outsiderWhile the Fall 2014 runway featured more subtle nail art, I’m not quite ready to give up my bold manicures just yet. I swapped Deborah Lippmann’s color choices for a black outline and lilac polish. By mixing pastels and black, my look transitions from the end of winter to spring.

My way:

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Outline #mani + stackable rings

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Get the look:

1. Apply a base coat and paint your nails a pastel color, how you normally would.

2. Use a thin brush or nail art pen in black to trace the outline of your nails. This requires concentration and a steady hand. I would recommend leaning on a surface like a table. Deborah Lippmann created her look by turning the nail while she painted, but I did each side of the nail separately since I have a bit of a shakey hand.

Suggested: Sephora Nail Art Collection

3. Put nail polish remover on a q-tip to clean up any excess black lines.

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Mani Moment: Tribal Statement

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For this look, I first used the white side of a Revlon neon nail art set to paint my statement nail. Then, I outlined the tribal design with a Mattese NYC black nail art pen. This “pen” was more like a long, thin brush. I filled in the design with Essie first timer and Essie lapiz of luxury, which I also used to paint the rest of my nails.  TribalMani4

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