Looking Polished: New York Fashion Week FW16 Manicure Style

With NYFW winding down, I’ve had a chance to see all of the exciting new manicure styles for Fall Winter 2016. I noticed a trend returning back to the more simple and less over the top nail designs that we’ve been seeing for the past two years. These are some of my top everyday nail looking that will have you looking polished!

Alexander Wang's Fall/Winter 2016 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie created a soft nail, inspired by pink chalk. To achieve the look she layered tuck it in my tux over fiji, and then applied matte about you to add a matte, chalky finish.
Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie created a soft nail, inspired by pink chalk. To achieve the look she layered tuck it in my tux over fiji, and then applied matte about you to add a matte, chalky finish.

 

Michelle Saunders for essie was captivated by a star design from a textile in the collection, which sparked the idea of a star-studded nail look. For the base color she chose mademoiselle, a classic, grown-up pink, to highlight the star. As for the nail design, she selected metallic shade good as gold and placed the "petite" star on the thumb and a sporadic finger on each hand to create more visibility when on the catwalk.
Michelle Saunders for essie was captivated by a star design from a textile in the collection, which sparked the idea of a star-studded nail look. For the base color she chose mademoiselle, a classic, grown-up pink, to highlight the star. As for the nail design, she selected metallic shade good as gold and placed the “petite” star on the thumb and a sporadic finger on each hand to create more visibility when on the catwalk.

 

Julie Kandalec for essie created a feminine, soft pink nail by layering sugar daddy over limo-scene. The sheer shades allow the natural nail to shine through with an elegant hint of pink.
Julie Kandalec for essie created a feminine, soft pink nail by layering sugar daddy over limo-scene. The sheer shades allow the natural nail to shine through with an elegant hint of pink.

 

Michelle Saunders for essie created a warm, coral "tone on tone" nail design inspired by the modern music girl. To achieve the look, she used new spring shades sunshine state of mind, lounge lover and high class affair.
Michelle Saunders for essie created a warm, coral “tone on tone” nail design inspired by the modern music girl. To achieve the look, she used new spring shades sunshine state of mind, lounge lover and high class affair.

Do you have a favorite look?

Looking Polished: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Mr. Big

I am having serious nail envy with this matte manicure. Gray matte nails are glamorous, grown up and just a little bit edgy.

Matte Manicure

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Mr. Big ($8 at Walgreens and Walgreens.com) More like Fifty Shades of Slay! This beautiful slate grey named after our favorite Sex and the City man is the perfect complement to just about every tone in your wardrobe and a matte finish only ups the trend factor.

GET THE LOOK:

  • Apply one coat of full coverage Mannequin Hands CC Creme Basecoat to clean, dry nails.
  • Follow with two thin coats of Mr. Big allowing nails to dry in between.
  • Finish with the Colour Prevails Matte Top Coat.

What do you think of this matte manicure?

 

New York Fashion Week Beauty: Essie for Jenny Packham S/S 16

With designs that always strike attention, Jenny Packham’s SS 16′ collection will keep individuals talking.

Packham’s collection included beautiful dresses that would be perfect for a celebrity’s red carpet look. Clothing filled with plenty of glitz, glamour and GLITTER!

Jenny Packham‘s Spring/Summer 2016 collection was directly inspired by the music of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. To complement the earthy, ethereal vibe, Rita Remark for essie, the brand’s new Global Lead Educator, chose two nail looks: a standout bright blue to add an element of fun, and a soft, sheer pink that perfectly paired with the gowns. 

NAILS:

To go with the look Jenny had her models use nail polish by Essie. The colors were a bold blue, called “good to go”. Those who did not sport this statement of a color went with more of a neutral shade called “adore-a-ball”. This pinkish color also went on the models toes, giving them a very neutral pedi to go with their shoes – Christian Louboutin’s of course.

 Essie nail products used:

  • first base base coat
  • adore-a-ball
  • butler please
  • good to go top coat

Get the look (bright blue; pictured below):

  1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails
  2. Next, apply two coats of butler please
  3. Finish with good to go top coat

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Get the look (soft pink):

  1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails
  2. Next, apply one coat of adore-a-ball
  3. Finish with good to go top coat

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MAKE-UP:

The look for the afternoon was created by Talia Sparrow for Laura Mercier. Sparrow added an extra strike of beauty to the models with her make-up craft. Creating a “made for the runway” torqousie blue eye shadow, which was made just for the show. Models showcased their natural skin tone for a more youthful look with added highlights to the face, creating a gold tone to their faces. To top off the look Sparrow had the models sport a bold red lip, which also went perfect with the shoes, matching the famous red bottoms.

Fourth of July Nail Art: Stars on Stripes Nails

July 4 nail art tutorial

Holidays are always  perfect time to add nail art for a festive holiday celebration. To show off your patriotic side JINsoon has created a fun nail art tutorial that’s easy to follow and you can DIY at home. If you’re looking for something a little more festive then give the summer dots nail tutorial a try!

Stars on Stripes Nails 

Step 1: Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat

Step 2: Fill in JINsoon Coquette on half of the nail. Alternate between the bottom and top of each nail

Step 3: Fill in the other half of the nail with JINsoon Blue Iris

Step 4: Apply 2 coats of JINsoon Polka White

Step 5: Apply a top gloss like JINsoon Top Gloss

Summer Dots Nails

Step 1: Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat

Step 2: Apply 2 coats of JINsoon Doux all over the nails

Step 3: Using a dotting tool or a toothpick apply JINsoon Poppy Blue in a section of the nail. Tip: Place a few dots of the color of your choice on paper and use it as your palette to dip your tool into

Step 4: Repeat step 3 for JINsoon FaroucheCharme and Enflammee

Step 5: Apply a top gloss like JINsoon Top Gloss

About Jin Soon Choi:

Jin’s work is consistently featured in every single cover of Italian Vogue, top magazine covers and editorial pages. Her celebrity clientele includes: Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and numerous others.

Looking Polished: Essie, Too Taboo

Essie Nail Polish in Too Taboo

As the weather warms up and summer is in the air. It’s time to break out the bold, pretty colors of summer. Honestly, it’s been a while since I had a manicure (or pedicure). So I decided to treat myself to a bit of pampering at my local nail salon. After my mani/pedi and mini-massage I felt amazing.

This warm weather calls for a fun color, that is bright, cheerful and just screams summer. So I opted for one of my favorite brand, Essie, I chose Essie in Too Taboo. The color description: “This vivid intense fuchsia is poised to take the world by storm. Sit back, relax and enjoy the glow.”

Manicure: Essie Nail Polish in Too Taboo

So what do you think of Essie Nail Polish in Too Taboo? What color are you wearing on your nails this week?

Tulip Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi

 Tulip Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi

Mother’s Day is this weekend so why not treat yourself to a beautiful manicure?! This tulip inspired Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi is the perfect way to celebrate the special day while spoiling yourself with a pretty manicure. The combination or JINsoon Dolly Pink and JINsoon Cherry Berry nail polish shades perfectly compliment one another and are reminiscent of spring flowers. This manicure is a simple DIY pattern that you can easily try at home. Here are the steps:

How-To:

  1. File and shape your nails to a natural square shape.
  2. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.
  3. Apply JINsoon Dolly Pink on the entire nail bed.
  4. With a thin brush, create the tulip petals with JINsoon Cherry Berry.  Starting at the cuticle area, draw a straight line down towards the tip of the nail, curving left ¾ of the way down to create an arch and then fill in the shape.  Repeat on the right side of the same nail to create a mirroring shape.
  5. Apply top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss for a lasting glossy finish.

Mother's Day Manicure

What is your Mother’s Day beauty routine?

butter LONDON Bridal Set at Monique Lhuillier Bridal is Not Just for Brides!

 butter LONDON Launches Bridal Set at Monique Lhuillier Bridal

“Monique Lhuillier’s collection was inspired by an ethereal daydream. Gowns took on a visionary fantasy through lace infused with delicate detailing, embroidery and intricate beading, all coming together to create a dreamy, alluring vision.”

 

bridal manicures

The Look:  ​Katie applied butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue System base coat followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Doily (part of the Sweet Somethings collection) covering the entire nail. Katie finished the look with butter LONDON’s Nail 999 Rescue System top coat. butter LONDON Backstage Basics Hydrating Balm and Signature Lotion were used to soften and hydrate the skin. 
Summer 2014 bridal inspiration manicure
Beauty Bridal looks
This bridal collection of nail polish perfection is $35 for the set (which is a great deal). The set includes four lacquers:
  • DoilySomething new – A sheer overcoat to create the look of a delicate pattern of lace when layered over other colors
  • Alabaster GazeSomething New – A white shimmer reminiscent of flawless pearls
  • Pink RibbonSomething Borrowed – A modern twist on a sheer pink hue
  • PetticoatSomething Blue – An Opaque periwinkle blue shimmer

This beautiful hues are too good to keep for just the bridal beauties. The colors are perfection for the beautiful spring and summer season. I’m absolutely is love with Petticoat; the shade reminds me of a beautiful tropical vacation full of sand and bright blue seas. I can’t wait to pick up a set, you can grab a set too, they’re available at www.butterlondon.com

New nail polish for spring and summer!

What better time than summer to change-up your beauty routine. And the easiest way to update your beauty look is with a fresh manicure. Now that Spring has finally begun to grace us with its presence we can begin to change to more exciting and vibrant colors to match the beautiful weather.

Enter butter LONDON Lolly Brights Collection.This new collection screams summer fun!

butter LONDON Lolly Brights Collection. Nail Lacquer in Lolly, Chuffed, Sozzled, Ladybird, Stroppy and Airy Fairy. ($15 each) I have to admit that I’m loving every color but Airy Fairy just scream Mediterranean adventures. Fun!

Or perhaps these limited edition colors from Urban Decay are more your style?

Urban Decay Nail polishUrban Decay Nail colors in Chaos, Bang, Blackheart and Zodiac. ($15 each) Blackheart is such a sexy evening look that could really work for any season and I love short, dark nails any time of the year.

If you’re looking for an easy  DIY manicure then try these Smashbox Nail Polish Art Strips designed by Santigold and @TroubleAndrew ($49/Set)

Nail Polish StripsThese nail strips have an artistic appeal to them and are perfect when you need to look polished and you don’t have the time for a manicure. Whatever your style inspiration a new manicure is an easy way to express it.

What is your favorite nail polish for the spring and summer?

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi

Sweetheart Nail Art from Jin Soon Choi

Jin Soon Choi, Founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line and Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas created a beautiful nail art design for Valentine’s day. This manicure combines beautiful shades of pink and red for a romantic and sophisticated manicure that is sure to make you swoon. Here is a step by step nail art tutorial to help you get this Valentine’s Day look:

1. File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape.

2. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.

3. Apply a pink shade on the entire nail bed (here, Jin Soon gives you a sneak peek of Dolly Pink from her SS14 collection).

Jin Soon Choi nail art

4. Apply JINsoon Coral Peony on one side of the nail, covering about 3/4’s of the nail bed and ending in a subtle curve to create half of the heart shape. Then repeat on the other side, taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.

Jin Soon Choi Nail Art tutorial

5. Apply JINsoon Coquette on one side of the nail covering about half of the nail bed and ending in the same subtle curve as you did when applying the Coral Peony. Repeat on the other side, again taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail. 6. Finish with a high-shine top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss.

Jin Soon Choi nail art tutorial

Are you getting a special Valentine’s Day manicure?

Fall Nail Trends 2013

As seasons go, I’ve always been a fan of fall.  There’s just something magical about the changing leaves, crisp air and snuggling into comfy clothes. One of my favorite things about fall is breaking away from the bright nail colors of summer and slipping into sophisticated autumn shades.  

Neutral

A classic nude is hard to beat.  Fall is the ideal time for warm, mauve toned nudes.  Essie’s “Don’t Sweater It” is a dark, rich nude.  It’s a great choice for those days when you just can’t decide on a color.

Purple

A deep plum polish is both classy and daring.  I am absolutely in love with “Purple Revolution” from Dior Vernis.  I am complimented on my nails every time I wear it!

Navy

This collection of fabulous shades wouldn’t be complete without a textured polish.  OPI’s “Wharf, Wharf, Wharf” is a brilliant navy blue featuring a funky sandy texture.  It just screams for a midnight rendezvous on the dance floor.  

Blood Red

Halloween is easily my favorite holiday, and nothing is more spooky and mysterious than blood red nails.  “Jezebel” from Marc Beauty Enamored High-Shine Nail Lacquer collection seems both sexy and dangerous.  Elvira would be proud.

Chocolate Brown

Brown is a color I have always associated with autumn.  It’s the color of dead leaves, freshly turned soil and pinecones.  “Chocolate Junkie” from the Sephora Collection reminds me of a steaming mug of delicious hot chocolate.  All that’s missing is marshmallows!

Burnt Orange

Speaking of colors associated with fall.  It’s hard to think of fall without envisioning pumpkins. If you’re looking to rock some dazzling burnt orange nails, check out Butter London’s “Brown Sugar”. Gorgeous copper shimmer with gold glitter; if only every pumpkin was this fabulous!

If you’re one for staying on top of the trends, keep an eye out this autumn for these captivating nail colors.  Let me know what your favorite fall shades are in the comments section!

As a freelance writer for Glisten, Selina Torres loves spreading the news on all the hottest new cosmetics.  In her free time she loves eating Sixlets, collecting Pogs and keeping the dream of the nineties alive in Portland.