Nail Adventures: Half Moon Manicure

I have been playing around with the Sally Hansen nail decals lately, just trying out new things. And as I cleaned my mess of polish and such:

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I had a thought: why not use them to create nail looks faster?

This isn’t the first time I’ve used these nail decals as a creative jump point, but it is the first time I decided to play around with my nail guides and my nail decals at the same time.

This didn’t come without strife and mayhem, however. How could it not? This is me we’re talking about. 🙂

Once I sorted out that mess above, I set out my tools. I wasn’t interested in being up all night with this, so it’s pretty minimal:

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That’s a glass of ice water in the middle there. T’was mighty hot yesterday. So, for this look I have the Sally Hansen stickers in Sweet Marble Floret (another look I did with these is here), Julep’s Cameron (sparkly purple), and Essie’s Licorice. Plus base and top coat. The nail guides are by Kiss and come in different shapes to create different looks. I went with the tiny half moons, but if you’re a student and have those paper reinforcements–cut those in half and use them. Good budget option!

I did a base coat to help keep the stickers stuck (say that 5 times fast!) because sometimes nail guides will pull the stickers off of the nail. I also need this mani to last till Saturday because I won’t have time to redo them before then. So, lay down base coat, add stickers, put down nail guides at the base of the nail (you can add them wherever you like, though), place my colors, and go to remove the nail guides.

And here’s where disaster tried to strike. Despite the precautions taken, these nail guides did their best to pull the nail stickers free from my nails. And because it was warm, it was stretchy and extra sticky. Never fear! I was able to salvage my look, and if it happens to you, here’s what you do:

1. Don’t panic. Gently pull your nail guide from the opposite side VERY SLOWLY.

2. So, since you decided to panic anyway (and in so doing, making it worse), you’re gonna grab the orange stick from the Sally Hansen box (it’s in the packaging with the tiny file.) You’re gonna gently press the nail decal back onto the nail, and SLOWLY try pulling the nail guide off again. It should come free now.

3. Now, once you survey the situation, grab your base coat and dab a tiny bit under the nail decal (on the nail) and use that same orange stick to press the decal back onto your nail.

4. Voila! All fixed!

I opted for black (I know! I just happen to be in a classic kind of mood this week, I guess) on 8 nails and sparkle on my ring fingers. Here’s the result:

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Super simple and pretty. I definitely recommend a top coat to seal everything in because you have some layers working, and you need as much protection as you can get. I tried Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat, and I love how quickly it dries! Also has a nice shine to it as well.

Keep in mind, this look can go as far as your imagination takes you. You could do zebra print + red or tie-dye + pink, whatever makes you happy. This works best with very opaque colors, though. If you do too sheer, you’ll still be able to see the design shining from underneath (this may or may not have happened to me once.) Go crazy and experiment!

If you give this look a try, I’d love to see it! Hit me up on Twitter @fashion_amateur or on Instagram @evolvingfatshionista and let me know how it goes!

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Nail Adventures: Lego Nails!

I live! 😀

I was hoping to give you some video this week, but I didn’t get a chance to pick up the rest of my equipment till yesterday. Monday will be spent doing laundry filming, so…it’s coming!

And just so y’all can have some fun into the weekend, let me show you my nail look I did a couple of weeks ago!

I loved Lego as a peanut, and still do now. And since I had a meeting with the bosses (informal), I thought, why not do something fun? Lego nails it was!

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I have seen many methods on how to get this look. Most of the tutorials I have seen have you paint the rhinestones before you put them on your nails. I’m lazy and a rebel, so I did it differently.

Instead of painting the rhinestones first, I positioned them on my nails first, and then painted them. To keep the definition of the rhinestones, I used my stripers to paint them instead of the regular polish brush. Much easier for precision, honestly. My little frustrated Lego person there started as a solid yellow nail, and I drew the outline using a black striper. I made the face with my detailing brush and black polish (I used the end of my brush for the mouth.) I sealed everything in with top coat, and voila!

Everyone was tickled with my nails and I got a chance to blow off some steam creating them. It was a lot of fun!

What are you wearing on your nails this weekend?

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Perfect Red Lips—A Tutorial

Hi Folks!

So, this picture tutorial is being done at the request of the lovely Shecoul. She sent me a picture that she saw on the front cover of her Mary Kay book:

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She wanted to know how to make her lips look so perfect: the definition and the fullness.

Now, my first response was going to be “Photoshop,” but then I thought about it. Ok, we can’t all have perfectly airbrushed lips, but we can definitely give beautiful definition to what we have already. It doesn’t take as long as you think, either.

These steps can apply to any shade of lippy you want to play with; I chose red because it showed up best in my pictures. Are you ready to see full closeup pics of my lips? Yes? Then, let’s get started!

Here’s what I used to create the look:

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I have a lip brush, concealer, lip liner, lip gloss (optional), and lipstick. Colors and brands: Studio Makeup lip liner in True Red,  Vera More Liquid Concealer in medium tan, and MAC lip glass and lipstick in Rihanna Red (Viva Glam). If you don’t have a lip brush, a q-tip will work just fine–no need to purchase new stuff unless you want to.

Start with clean, oil-free lips. If your lips are a bit flaky, mix brown sugar and olive oil together to make a nice scrub that’s tasty. Rub gently, rinse, and dry your lips. Baby smooth!

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Now, line your lips and fill with the same lip liner. Don’t worry about perfection, you’ll be able to fix it later. It should look something like this:

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Take your lippy and pretend you’re in kindergarten: stay inside your line! I apply directly from the tube; if you’re more comfortable using a lip brush, feel free.

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Normally, I’m done at this stage (and if you’re happy with the look, then go forth and be fierce!). If you want more definition, however, here’s how you do it. You’re going to take your concealer (it needs to match your skin tone, otherwise it will not look great) and line outside your lip line, right along the edge. If you decided on a q-tip for this, the ones with the pointy ends work the best for precision. This is how you create a crisp line. Here, I have outlined one side of my lips and not the other.

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Left side is lined with concealer, right side isn’t. Right side still looks good, but it isn’t a sharp and defined as the left. Here’s what my whole mouth looks like when it’s fully lined (left), next to when it isn’t (right):

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See how crisp the lines look now? If you ended up drawing outside the lines, this is when you’ll correct it. Now, if you don’t need your lips to look any fuller than this, stop here, and go be fierce. If you want them to look a bit plumper, you’re going to add a gloss on top. It can be the same color, clear, or another color if you’re into mixing shades like I am. Technique is key here: don’t swipe the gloss all over your lips. You’re going to dab it in the middle of both top and bottom lip and then rub together. You’ll get this:

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Left is with the gloss, right is without. Again, both beautiful, just depends on the look you’re going for. If you’re doing a lippy that’s blue or yellow, you can use a clear liner (Studio Makeup has one) and still get the same fabulous results.

And there you have it! How to get the perfect lip. I hope this tutorial is helpful. If you try this, let me know! Tag me on Twitter @fashion_amateur and let me see your look. 🙂

Next week, I hope to share the premiere of my YouTube channel with you all. The subject is eyebrows…I’m excited!

Lastly, I hope all of my US loves have a wonderful, fun, and safe Independence Day!

See you next week!

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