If you thought that 90′s style was totally out you may be totally wrong! Goth Lips are heavely in these days. No need to throw out your bright pinks and corals, but you may be in need for a quick trip to the closest Sephora! Thats right, your lips may be in need for a little Courtney Love circa 1993 makeover! Its the dark purple, red-wine type colors that are in right now. From celebs on the red carpet to models on the runway, it can be seen everywhere! So stop what your doing and run to the pharmacy ASAP!
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If you checked out celebrity hair trends over the past year, you would know that ombré was one of the most popular trends. Everyone from Jessica Biel to Drew Barrymore to Ashlee Simpson was sporting the trend. Even my own college roommate dyed her hair to make her tresses go from brown to blonde. It’s such a beautiful, carefree style and became a popular trend quickly. Although many stars have gone back to classic colors, the ombré is still alive and kicking.
The most popular ombré trend today is with nail polish. If you check out pinterest, ombré nails are everywhere and there are so many different variations. We’ve compiled a few of the different ombré nail looks here along with instructions for you to try yourself.
This week, I shared a picture of my own pink ombré nails. It’s one of my absolute favorite nail designs because it’s simple and classy, but it still catches my eye every time I look at my nails. This is another trend that Lauren Conrad originated and I duplicated. It’s one of the easiest nail trends to recreate. All you need is five different colors of nail polish in the same hue. The key is getting different shades of the color so that your nails go from dark to light and look as though they belong together. For some reason, I have an obscene amount of pink nail polishes, so using pink was the easiest way for me to do this. LC has used browns and blues, however, showing that the trend is very versatile. If you can’t find five different colors that you think look perfect together, they’ve made the trend even easier to create: the nail polish line The New Black actually sells a set of nail polish in graduating shades!
One variation of ombré that I’m desperate to try is the full nail ombré. Pictured above, this trend has different shades of one color graduating on the nail itself. Again, this is actually an easy design to create! You need about three different shades of one color, a sponge makeup brush, and a clear coat or sparkle polish for the top layer. First get one color onto the sponge (I would probably start with the lightest color). Blot the sponge at the base of your nail, going about one-third of the way up. Next, add the middle shade to the sponge and blot this color in the middle-third of your nail, gently blending it with the lighter color until it seems graduated. Add the darkest shade to the top of your nail by blotting it with the sponge and again, blend it into the middle shade for graduation. When you are satisfied with the blending of the shades, paint a clear coat over the top, or, for extra pizazz, use a sparkle polish.
Another variation of ombré is one using glitter. Although I haven’t tried this method, again, it seems relatively simple. All you need is one color of nailpolish, some glitter, and a clear top coat. The first step is to paint one layer of nail polish on each nail. The next step is where it gets a little more difficult. Paint a second layer of polish on one nail. While the nail is still wet, grab a pinch of glitter in your opposite hand. Sprinkle the glitter from the base of your nail upwards, getting the heaviest concentration at the base and allowing the graduation to trickle down up your nail. Wait a minute or two and paint the clear coat. This will further blend the glitter up your nail, so the timing is important. If you do it too soon, the graduation will be ruined. Continue these steps on the rest of your nails, and your look is complete!
This look is similar to the one above, but instead of starting at the base of the nail, you start at the tip. There are a few ways to do this. One would be to use glitter, following the directions above but starting at the tip of the nail and gradually sprinkling the glitter towards the base. Another method is similar to the second type of ombré, using a sponge to create graduation. Use the sponge to really concentrate the color at the tip of the nail and gently blot down the nail. This look is great with glitter nail polish, like above, or a regular color, like below. As always, don’t forget to put a top coat to keep your ombré looking sharp.
On a rainy day like today, having different nail trends is a great way to pass the day indoors!
I hate to honk my own horn, but I’m sort of a DIY nail guru. It’s not that I’m some great nail artist or anything. I just see a new design, fall in love, and simply must try to recreate the look myself. This past summer I was looking at my sister’s Sally Hansen Salon Effects (the stickers) in a cheetah print and thought, I can totally do that myself. Two bottles of nailpolish and an hour later, I had fabulous cheetah nails. I got stopped so many times about how great they looked and it made me so proud to say I did them myself. I’ve since recreated the look a few times, and I have to say that it’s one of the easiest designs I’ve ever done. Anyone could do this with the right instructions… And that’s what I’m here for.
What You Need:
- Two complementary colors of nail polish (Mine are OPI Gargantuan Green Grape & OPI Cajun Shrimp)
- Clear nail polish
- A toothpick or fine paintbrush
- Sally Hansen Nail Pen in black
If you don’t want to buy the nail pen (although I must say, it’s a great investment), you can use:
- Black nail polish
- An extra toothpick or another fine paintbrush
Paint your nails a solid color. I did two coats for best color quality. Allow the color to fully dry.
Use your toothpick or fine paintbrush to paint polka dots on your nails. Leave some space around each dot. Wait for the color to dry.
This is the only hard step. Using the Sally Hansen Nail Pen or black nail polish, you are going to outline the polka dots. Looking at something cheetah print, like a shirt that I have, really helped me on this step. The best ways to outline the polka dots are either to go 3/4 of the way round the circle or to make two lines on opposite sides of the polka dot.
The best part about this step is that cheetah looks more real when it’s messy, so if you’re hands aren’t too steady, it’s okay.
Use your discretion to fill in any overly empty spaces by putting black dots or lines. Again, be a bit messy. You can look at the pictures above to see how I added the black spots. As always, wait for nails to dry before moving on to the next step.
Top your look with a clear coat so your nails remain fierce.
You are officially cheetah-licious and look fabulous. And now that you know how to do cheetah print, you can create your own variations: interesting color combinations, different shapes, a cheetah version of a French-tip. There are so many fun, creative ways to paint your nails but cheetah print is one of my favorites!
The beginning of 2012 marks the end of a fabulous era for beauty. From nail art to dip-dyes, the resurgence of lipstick to bold brows, 2011 changed the beauty world, bringing back some forgotten fads while also bringing others to life. While some crazes will stay strong in 2012, others may fade or make you ask “What was I thinking?!”. As for now, we have only the fondest memories of the trends and the year we’re leaving behind.
Many people are currently blogging about what happened in 2011 in terms of fashion, beauty, and the boring stuff like politics or world events. We, however, don’t want to talk about what happened but rather who influenced us. There are certain people out there, celebrities, bloggers, stylists, etc. who have the power to change the way we see things. Who says hair should be blonde, brown, or red? Who says nails have to be a solid color? Who says braids are for little girls? These people make us question whether or not the way things are is the way they should be. Here is our list of the top beauty-influencers of 2011.
After launching her beauty website, this California girl became one of the biggest influences in the beauty industry. There isn’t a trend that Lauren didn’t try. From her short-lived teal and pink dip-dye to her fabulous manicures and signature braids, LC showed women how to change it up. Her website is one of my personal beauty go-to’s, with new trends and instructions on how to do the look yourself. On TheBeautyDepartment.com, I learned how to create a half-moon manicure, any type of braid I ever wanted to learn how to make, what shade of red lipstick is right for me, and everything in between. On her personal website, LaurenConrad.com, she also gives great beauty advice, including an article on office supplies that double as beauty supplies (thanks for that!). All in all, LC is the top person to watch for beauty trends and our Most Influential Beauty Guide.
This girl from Queens knows exactly who she is in terms of her goals, music, and her style. While she’s known for crazy colorful hair and garments, Nicki is also someone who’s influenced the beauty world. Nicki is almost as famous for her many wigs (which this year included dip-dyes, hot pink, green, checkered, blonde, and blue hair) as she is her music. Aside from her wigs, Nicki has also gained fame for her makeup and nail art. She’s dabbled with double eyeliner (a hot trend), bold colorful eyeshadows, and never goes out without her signature pink lips. On top of her own beauty image, she also collaborated with OPI to create her own collection, which is amazing. The world is being taken over by Nicki, making her our Person to Watch for 2012.
The Duchess of Cambridge has had quite the year. After getting married in April, Kate has remained in the spotlight and her appearance always seems to garner attention (but I guess that’s what happens when you marry a prince). Her classic style and simplicity are a refreshing break from our “more is better” culture. Kate is responsible for bringing back the half-up hairstyle, one that I personally find beautiful. Her clean face and minimal makeup is also a great influence. In our minds, Kate Middleton wins the Most Radiant Beauty award.
Although Katy’s marriage may be ruining the beginning of her 2012, she had an amazing 2011. Somehow while making a multi-platinum album and going on a world tour, Katy managed to be completely unique in her fashions and kept us on our toes. Her nail art is something that will go down in history: sushi nails, Prince William nails (Kate better watch her man), rhinestones, you name it and Katy did it. Not only were her nails fabulous, but her hair changed as well. Known for her jet black locks, the singer went pink in August and then chopped her hair and went to her natural blonde with lavender highlights in December. Katy is someone who makes us question why we never had food on our nails or dyed our hair crazy colors. We predict that this is only the beginning of her beauty evolution, naming her the Ever-Changing Beauty Guru.
While these are our favorite people to look to for beauty trends, there are obviously many others who are just as influencing (hello, Lady Gaga). We look forward to seeing how these women grow and what new crazes they cause in 2012.
September 28, 2009
Right now it’s possible to buy all of these amazing false eyelashes, they are sure to bring you a lot of attention, and the longer your eyelashes are, the easier it is to flirt It will be the creme de la creme of your night-out-look!