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For most teens, prom is a very important social event. Flash back to your high school heyday and check out these fun prom-inspired nail looks that work for grown girls too!

What you need: BP. ‘Perfect Polish’ Nail Lacquer in Ivory Stain, Chocolate Mystery, Lavender Lust and Pistachio Paradise.

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Accessorized with Stephan & Co. Stone Stretch Bracelet (Juniors)

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Looking for a way to get all those makeup brushes organized? Here’s a seriously simple how-to from P.S.- I made this…

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We’ve got loads of DIY inspiration over at Nordstrom Beauty Spot, and even more every day on our beauty Pinterest board.

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Inventive. Imaginative. Funny. Well moisturized. Just a few ways to describe Erica Domesek, the savvy DIY doyen behind PS. I Made This.
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“DIY is in my DNA. It’s just how my brain is programmed–but anyone can think that way. You just have to keep your eyes and mind open.” One of our favorite moments working with Erica came as that DIY DNA sprang into action, and she started customizing her Estée Lauder lipstick tube with colorful tape. Anything, no matter how small, can have a personalized touch.

“I grew up always looking at function and fashion. Re-purposing and re-imagining everyday objects has always been a part of my life.”

Erica’s space was filled with creativity and inspiration. You never know what’s going to fall out of my pocket!”

We love the idea of simple, everyday objects getting whipped up into something unexpected that’s both pretty and functional. Make your own tiered makeup stand with Erica’s step-by-step guide.

Erica’s beauty routine. “I’m pretty basic and simple. I’m a big moisturizer person. Big time! I get out of the shower and start with moisturizer. Makeup is great, but your skin is your own canvas, and you need to take care of it.” Shop Erica’s beauty picks.

“Beauty doesn’t have to mean a lipstick. It can mean the shade of a chandelier—gorgeous candlesticks to a flight of modified paints. Beauty is just something that makes you smile instantly.”

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Butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, Katie Hughes, shows us how to create easy, 3D polka dot nail art with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON.

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Step-by-step instructions from the video below:
1. Begin with one coat of Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
2. Apply two coats of ‘Cheeky Chops’ Nail Lacquer.
3. Use a dotting tool (or ball point pen) to create large dots at random with ‘Keks’ Nail Lacquer.
4. Layer on smaller dots in ‘Primrose Hill Picnic’ Nail Lacquer with the other end of your dotting tool (or something with a finer point, like a toothpick).
5. Let dry 5 to 10 minutes, and apply Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to finish.

Told you it was easy. Now, go get your artsy on with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON. Lichtenstein would be proud.

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Don’t sit on the bench this summer. Get in the game with the sporty chic trend without a wardrobe overhaul—just update your nails! Here are our three simple steps to a winning look.

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1. Choose two sporty colors (e.g., gray and yellow or white and blue) and apply two coats of the base color to the entire nail.
2. Wait for it to dry, and then, in one swift motion, layer the top stripe down the center of the nail. (Tip: Use tape on your nails for an extra-straight stripe.)
3. Add a top coat for a longer-lasting mani.

Champion!

Essie Polish in ‘Power Clutch’ | buttter LONDON in ‘Jasper’ | JINsoon Topcoat

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, reveals her favorite spring nail art trends.

Nail trends for spring/summer ‘13 definitely complement the makeup statements we’ve been seeing on the runway in a very distinct way this season. After working backstage at New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, I am happy to report that there is something for everyone to keep your pointers looking polished and playful.

NUDE TREND: Nude shades are so right now; think mannequin-esque with a focus on elongation. This look is refined, pampered and polished to perfection. Backstage at Just Cavalli (pictured above), Marimekko and A.F. Vandevorst, I was tasked with the duty of creating foundation for the nails using M·A·C Nail Lacquer in shades Quiet Time, Skin Creme, Delicate and Faint of Heart. You can mix various nudes to create the exact foundation shade that best suits your style.

METALLIC TREND: Ever-expanding technology in the beauty industry has taken glitter to a whole new level. More refined particles and smoother textures make this trend wearable for all ages. Creating expensive-looking metallic nails like I did at Veronique Branquinho (pictured above) is achievable with M·A·C shades like Screaming Bright and Soiree; the pigments create a more reflective finish.

Tip: Creating a short nail shape comes off chic!

BLUSH TREND: At shows like Blumarine (pictured above) and Elie Saab, nail colors were used in the same way a makeup artist would apply blush to the face. Pastel shades—soft yet rich—donned nails to romantic perfection. I’m a fan of the M·A·C ‘Fashion Sets’ lacquers in colors like Ablaze, Silly and Embrace Me that embody this trend completely.

DIY tip: Mixing a high-gloss topcoat like M·A·C’s Overlacquer with your desired polish creates a mimicking color that acts like a highlight, producing one standout color!

OPTICALS TREND: Being a self-confessed nail-art junkie, this post wouldn’t be complete without including one of my favorite trends of the season: optical nails. The nails at Gareth Pugh (pictured above), Ruffian and Kenzo blended the concept of optical art, accessory and organic color blocking. Think almond-shaped architecture, ombre color application and the use of nail color as an accessory to clothing. For this look, I like colors like M·A·C’s Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Deep Sea, as well as hues like Rougemarie and Morange.

My advice: Don’t be afraid to change up your nails like you would your lipstick. Nail lacquer gives you an affordable way to complete and play with your fashion story!

Find Keri on Twitter for more dish on all things beauty: @MAC_Keri_B

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