We are so excited for the Sochi Olympics and have started gearing up with a festive and easy-to-achieve, Olympic- themed mani. Here’s how we did it.
You will need:
• Nail base/Top coat
• Nail Lacquers
• A Sharpie
Step 1: Before you do any designing make sure your nails are clean, buffed, filed and that you’ve applied your base coat. Start with your gold polish and paint two even coats. We really liked using Deborah Lippmann’s Fake It Till You Make It because the glitter suspended in the gold polish is actually green, red and blue, so it ties in with the other polish colors perfectly.
Step 2: After your gold base has dried for a few minutes you’re ready to apply the multi-colored tips that coincide with the colors of the Olympic Rings. We applied these tips manually but if you want a guide, you can use some Scotch tape as a stencil; however, if you are using tape make sure your nails are completely dry.
Starting at the left corner of your nail, carefully drag the polish brush in an arch to the right side of your nail. Try starting very thin with this line, as you may need to go back and straighten it. You can do the tips in any color order you want as long each finger gets a different color. We recommend placing the green and red colors away from each other to avoid any Christmas vibes. We used our Sharpie to do a black tip on the thumb, but you can also use polish or leave it gold.
Step 3: Add your USA pride! This is the easiest part of the mani, as you can draw this on with a Sharpie. Black polish can be used, but using a black marker will make crisper lines. We chose to add our USA to the middle finger to balance the manicure, but you can really do what you like with the pattern. Just make sure your nails are completely dry before drawing any characters. Once you are pleased with your results, lock in your hard (well, this is actually pretty easy) work with a glossy topcoat.
We just know the judges will love it.
The 2014 Winter Games are in full swing, and to celebrate, we’ve gathered a team of products so you can…TAKE HOME THE GOLD! With these gorgeous products, you can stand on any podium proudly (and look great doing it).
Leave your makeup alone as you gently remove excess oil and sweat with this 300-year-old Japanese beauty secret. Your makeup will last longer, courtesy of this powder and prime alternative, so you can look fresh even if you don’t quite feel it. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, powder-free, oil-free, all-natural and biodegradable.
For first-place nails, this gold metallic nail polish will turn heads. Tenoverten is a polish that’s good for the long-term health of your nails, but still has lasting power.
For the blondes (or the brunettes with highlights) this shampoo glorifies beautiful blonde hair, so take home the glory! Blonde pigments enhance hair color as a refresher and aid in the prevention of color fading. While it works great for natural or color-treated hair, it’s not recommended for pale or platinum blondes unless golden tones are desired.
This easy-to-apply eye shadow feels as great going on as it looks after application. The sheer formula goes on smooth and is easily layered for deeper intensity, allowing you to create your own customized look. The shadow is soft and velvety, easy to blend and does not crease.
With these products, you’ll be ready to conquer the competition. Shop these picks now, and grab the gold.
With so many different hair brushes to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one your hair needs. We’re here to help! Learn about a few of the most standard brushes and which ones will work for your tresses.
Paddle Brush – This brush is great for all hair types and is used to either regularly brush the hair with ease or for heat styling. If you blow dry, but do not need a lot of style assistance, the Paddle brush is great for guiding the hair during drying, keeping hair in order and the cuticle smoothed while applying heat. The wide bristles also make it ideal for getting through wet hair with less drag and damage than other brushes with more bristles. Try this Paddle Brush from Mixed Chicks.
Round Brush- This handy brush is used mostly with heat styling but can also be used on dry hair to achieve a rounded or soft look. A round brush, when used on wet hair with a dryer, works to pull wave or kink out of hair’s texture, and will also help smooth the cuticle for a polished look. While the round brush will relax the texture of your hair, you can still create roller-like body by using the cool shot button on your dryer while hair is wrapped around the barrel of the brush.
Varying lengths in hair will also call for different diameters of the brush barrel. With all great beauty tools, practice makes perfect, and round brushing definitely takes a little practice! Try this Round Brush from Philip B.
Boar Bristle Brush – This brush is great for all hair types but especially those with finer, more delicate hair because the bristles pull smoothly to cause less damage and breakage. Boar bristles also work to distribute the scalp’s natural oils evenly through the hair to ends, resulting in healthy ends and less oily roots. They’re also great for smoothing and styling updos since the bristles are close together and soft enough to lay the hair down but not disrupt the style. Try this Boar Bristle Brush from Mason Pearson.
Wide Tooth Comb – You should absolutely have a great comb in your arsenal for detangling purposes. While the most natural instinct with a tangled patch of hair is to mercilessly attack it with any brush in arms reach, vow to take a little more time with your misunderstood mane. When using a wide tooth comb to detangle, start at the bottom of the tangle and working your way up. If you are trying to comb down through the tangle you won’t make much progress and will only push the knots down, causing more damage. So remember, bottoms up! We also recommend keeping one in the shower to help dispense conditioners appropriately to all your ends. Try this Wide Tooth Comb from Mason Pearson.