January 28, 2013

Velvety Nails For Wintery Months

I’m just as sad as you are that the holiday season has come to a close, but with winter in full swing, we’re still waiting for that arctic blast to do something besides upset our allergies. Regardless of how cold it is where you are, keeping up with winter’s latest beauty trends is helpful for getting through these long months. But how do you do that without feeling like hopping on the next flight to Hawaii, and strapping on a coconut bra, “Cocktail please!” Thanks to social media sites, like Instagram and Pinterest, it’s now easier than ever to come across some really fabulous nail art. But you’re so over just browsing! Let’s see some action people. Some of these looks are actually much easier than they appear. Get rid of that funky old color you’ve been rocking the past few weeks, shape up your nails, and give those sad cuticles some attention. The velvet nail look is perfect for winter and adding some faux studs will have you right on point with a beauty trend we’re starting to become very familiar with—grunge.

Step 1: Velvet!
After you’ve tended to the general maintenance of your nails, you’re ready to begin. The easiest way to achieve this look is to use a velvet nail polish. Ciate offers three shades of velvet polish—Berry Poncho, Blue Suede, and Mink Cashmere, (all very winter-appropriate colors if I do say so myself). You can find these colors at Sephora online or in-store. The polish is a little steep coming in at $19 a bottle, but don’t worry, there’s an alternative to achieving this look if you don’t want to spend that kind of doe. Introducing, flocking powder! Flocking powder can be found at most crafting stores, and the best part?! A little goes a very long way. The powder adheres to a sticky surface so you’ll need to lay down a base color of polish, (this should match your flocking powder color), and then lightly shake on the powder. (This can be a bit messy so you’ll want to lay something down onto your working surface.) Remember you don’t need much. We don’t want you looking like you just swept your neighbor’s chimney. Let it dry for 10 minutes, and then use an old blush brush to dust off the excess powder. Now, you can stop here, or you can take it on to Step 2…

Pink Flocking Powder

Step 2: Studs!
This is where you really get to have some fun! You’ll need a dotting tool, but a mechanical pencil will do just fine. To create faux studs on top of the velvety texture, dip the tip of either tool into your metallic nail color of choice and go crazy! (That’s right, I said it.) Be as creative as you want here. You may want to practice a pattern on a piece of paper before, or just jump right in. The polish will bead up and look more like studs than dots! How great is that? Have fun with this, and let you inner grunge be awakened!

Contributed by Gineen Pospisil, Vogue’s Beauty Blogger

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