From subtly patriotic to some serious stars and stripes, we rounded up 20 of our favorite inspiring ideas for Fourth of July–inspired nail art. Click an image to see more from these mani experts. Have a safe and happy 4th!
The new Dior Tie Dye Collection launched earlier this month with some cheery, sunny shades. Since it’s Friday, and we’re currently in a new-mani mood, we thought we’d turn to a few beauty mavens around the internet. We love what these savvy ladies are doing with Dior’s newest collection; follow the links to see more reviews, ideas and how-tos.
Katies Hughes possesses one of the coolest-sounding job titles: Global Colour Ambassador for butter LONDON. She took a little time away from her diplomatic mission to save the world one gorgeous manicure at a time and answered a few questions for our 5Ws series.
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Polish up your holiday look this season: Drizzle it in gold, surround it in silver and shine, shine, shine! Romance flashes in mauve tones; burnished greens and blues give a proper backdrop to all of your holiday wishes.
For a quick way to glaze the eyes with the perfect amount of shine and shimmer, opt for M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments and Glitter. Apply to the eyelid with the tip of your finger, and press in a blended-out eye kohl (try Feline Kohl Power Pencil for more intensity).
For a full holiday look to put your best face forward, all you need is the M∙A∙C Cosmetics Keepsakes Gold Lip and Eye Bag, available exclusively at Nordstrom. Inside the metal-flaked glitter pouch, you’ll find a gorgeous eye shadow quad of glistening golden and brown patinas paired with lipstick and Lipglass to create a perfectly peachy, nude lip. It’s the one-stop shop for your holiday affairs.
For a gilded eye and soft lip look, start by lining the water line of your eyes with Eye Kohl in ‘Tarnish’. Deepen the outer corner of your eyes using Heirloom Mix Fluidline Eyeliner in ‘Gentrified’ and a 239 Eye Shading Brush to blend.
Before the Fluidline dries, flip your brush (to the clean side) and press the rich chocolate brown shade from the Heirloom Mineralize Eye Shadow Quad onto the Fluidline. Then press the golden nude shade from the quad onto the inner corner of the eye and blend into the brown.
Apply eyeshadow in ‘Saddle’ with a 224 Tapered Blending Brush into the crease and blend. Using a 228 Mini Shader Brush, swipe the ‘Gentrified’ eyeliner under the lash line, concentrating your color directly under the iris of your eye, and blend.
Using the 219 Pencil Brush, apply the golden-olive shade from the same Eye Shadow Quad, concentrating in the center of the bottom lash line, then using eyeshadow in ‘Goldmine’, highlight the inner and outer corner of the bottom lash line.
Sculpt your cheekbones using Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Dark’ using a 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. To give cheeks a pop of color, load your 109 Small Contour Brush with M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blush in ‘Modest Blush’ for a hint of cool to complement the warm tones on the eye.
No look is complete without dazzling digits. Apply two coats of M∙A∙C Studio Nail Transformers in ‘Gold Pearl’ to nails and let dry. Follow with M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Nail Lacquer in ‘Just Jewels’ onto a makeup sponge and dab on the tip of your nails to create a glitter gradient. Picture perfect!
We can’t think of any designer who is more known for sheer romanticism than Vera Wang. Her spring/summer ’15 collection was the exact representation of that—from fashion to makeup and nails.
The beauty look at Derek Lam’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show perfectly captured a new take on nude. What started out as a conceptual “no makeup look” evolved into a sophisticated, natural color palette of lavender, mauve and violet.
Tom Pecheux for M·A·C was inspired by the colors and quality of Lam’s materials used in his fashion; he brilliantly centered the makeup look around a violet eye, making it the perfect complement to his cool, textured, earthy tones. Using a lipstick called Violetta, he placed it on the eyelid with his finger and blended it up into the crease.
Eyeshadow in ‘Force of Nature’ (a slightly metallic, taupe-y mauve), was used on top of the lower eyelid only, playing off the creaminess of the lipstick and creating the perfect blend of a warm/cool neutral. Brown eyeliner and a coat of black mascara, followed by a coat of violet mascara just on the tips of the lashes, finished it off. Satin skin, a peachy pink cream blush and a nude peach lip completed this stunning new take on neutral.
Nails were polished and fresh, courtesy of JINsoon’s nude nail combination of Nostalgia, a semi-opaque rose-beige, and Muse, a sheer pink (the perfect combo to complement any and all skin tones!). A high-shine top coat left an overall effect that was finished yet understated.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pita for Phyto and T3 wanted the models’ hair to be textured and earthy. He created an off-center part after drying their hair and adding shine and moisture, then hair-sprayed around the ears and up. A do-rag was fitted just over the models’ heads, so the hair stayed flat throughout the prep and the strands kept their texture. A large-barrel curling iron was used to add imperfections and bumps at the end of the hair, which made the completed style “look good, but not overdone.”
Tadashi Shoji is known for the simplicity, lines, shapes and textures of his clothing, and the makeup and nails perfectly captured this trademark for his Spring 2015 collection: Venice and Adriatic architecture, specifically a building called Cad-Oro. Built in 1400-1600, Cad-Oro is a marble masterpiece, so Pep Gay for M·A·C used this influence to create a ‘finished, expensive’ look.
Skin was dewy and done without heaviness. Face and Body Foundation was applied after moisturized skin. Concealer was used only on blemishes, and finished off with a dusting of translucent powder, which was also used around the nose and under eyes.
Intensity was added to the eyes with Black Cream Liner, applied in a thin line on the root of the lashes. To recreate a mother-of-pearl effect, a new Eye Gloss in Pearl Varnish was painted on with a small flat brush from the lash roots up to the brow. This iridescent pearly gloss – super thick and tacky – made the eyes look finished and gorgeous. Luna Cream Color Base, applied with the fingers on the cheekbones, offered a mother-of-pearl effect. Completing the look was a new shade of Lipglass in Sakura, an iridescent shade with a pink undertone. Pep says pink undertones [make] the face alive and fresh.
Katie Hughes with butter LONDON created a showstopper nail look, perfectly fitting to match the textures and architectural quality of Shoji’s fashions. High Tea, a new nude (a hybrid of sheer and full pigment nude), was painted on first. Then, a fine-tipped striping brush was dipped on Full Monty, a gorgeous gold, and painted in a crosshatch diamond pattern.
Louboutin took this classic red shade straight from the signature, red-lacquered soles of his shoes and bottled it up. In fact, it’s come full circle: The idea to add that flash of red to his soles came to Louboutin after watching his assistant paint her nails in the studio.
A red for any skin tone, this gorgeous polish comes in a specially designed bottle inspired by Louboutin’s highest heel, the Ballerina Ultima. That towering cap—topping off at a combined 8 inches high and fashioned after a calligraphy pen—makes the painting application feel like an artistic experience, with a patented brush specially designed to pick up the perfect amount of polish without any air bubbles. The formula is designed to be steel-strong and long-wearing, with pigment that delivers the depth of 20 layers of traditional lacquer in just two coats.
Starting in September, we’ll begin offering all 30 additional exquisite colors to choose from. (Yes, please!)
Hit rewind. Deborah Lippmann’s new collection is throwing us back to the ’80s, and these new colors are totally boss. Six vivid shades channel the decade with a full burst of energy and color to the max. Paint them on, and top the charts! Here are a couple fun manicure ideas to get you inspired.
Colors: She Drives Me Crazy (teal), Maniac (purple), Don’t Stop Believin’ (orange)
Walking On Sunshine (yellow), Whip It (pink), Video Killed The Radio Star (blue)
Re-create this look for yourself! Here’s how:
1.) Prep the nails with Gel Lab base coat. When dry, apply one thin coat of ‘Whip It’.
2.) Paint the lower half with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
3.) Paint the left half of the top section with ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
4.) Finish with Gel Lab top coat.