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Whether you’re the flashy type or not, you can’t go wrong with rocking a Mardi Gars manicure this time of year. Skip the salon and style your nails at home using the following techniques, along with the butter LONDON and Deborah Lippman versions of the classic Mardi Gras colors – purple, green, black and gold.
Dotted Nails. Whip out your dot-making manicure tool (a toothpick also works) to make a fun Mardi Gars-inspired dotted design on your nails. For example, paint your nails all black. When the polish dries, top it with a vertical row of dots using a different colors of lacquer on each finger. For the most pizzazz, use butter LONDON’s “British Racing Green,” Deborah Lippman’s “Boom Boom Pow” gold glitter polish and Deborah Lippman’s “Purple Rain” for the dots.
Art Deco Stripes. Using black nails as your base, use a thin manicure brush to paint one or two off-centered vertical lines down your nails. For a color-packed look, paint a purple stripe with “HRH” nail lacquer by butter LONDON and another in the green “Don’t Tell Mama” polish by Deborah Lippman. Then center two gold dots (we love “Nefertiti” by Deborah Lippman) on one of the lines.
Crackle Polish. Use the butter LONDON “British Racing Green,” the golden “Wallis” nail lacquer and Deborah Lippman’s “Wicked Game” purple polish to paint each of your nails a different color. After the polish dries, top each nail with a black crackle polish for a wicked, animal-print look.butter LONDON, Deborah Lippman
Accent Nails. For a simple Mardi Gras manicure, paint eight of your nails (four on each hand) the same color. Try the purple “Marrow” lacquer by butter LONDON. Then paint the bare nail on each hand an accent color. Deborah Lipmann’s glittery “Boom Boom Pow” is awesome for a party look. Use the green “Don’t Tell Mama” polish if you want a more conservative Fat Tuesday Look.
Add romance to every inch of your body and complete your Valentine’s Day look with a great nail color. While your hot date may only last one night, a pretty nail color can help revitalize the look of your hands and keep you feeling pretty throughout the rest of the week. Here are some of our top picks for Valentine’s Day nail polish, from Deborah Lippman and butter LONDON:
1. Pink. Pink is the universal color of love and can help induce feelings of amour, acceptance, caring, tenderness, friendship and, most importantly for Valentine’s Day, romance. For a sheer, flirty color, try “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Deborah Lippman. This nail color is a mix of sweet pink frosting and the glimmering of pearls. For something a little darker, go for “Dahling” nail lacquer by butter LONDON – it’s a dusty rose color that’s feminine and perfect for any skin tone.
Since Imitation's models had the best looking skin at last years Fashion Week it was no wonder skyn ICELAND was invited back again to prep the model's skin to perfection and make sure they had the perfect canvas to apply the finishing stage: makeup! Goody bags were in abundance as well as founder Sarah Kugleman giving out "stress tests" backstage! Yes, I know their lives seem perfect but even models can be under backstage stress, running from show to show and constantly being primped, poked and squezzed into outfits for four days in a row. skyn ICELAND estheticians were also on hand backstage to calm and detoxify model's skin by doing mini facials. To create your own runway worthy prepped skin follow these steps from skyn ICELAND.
Step 1: Cleanse & remove make-up with self foaming Glacial Cleansing Cloths.
Step 2: Exfoliate with Nordic Skin Peel.
Step 3: Prep eyes with Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels for 5 minutes to depuff and diminish dark circles.
Step 5: Treat eyes with Icelandic Relief Eye Cream.