MANI WORKOUT – GETTING INTO SHAPE WITH THE BEAUTY PLACE

Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between. Most people lean toward one of the five basic shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Though other blended combinations of these shapes exist, these five are definitely the most common. So how do you know which shape is best for you? Let’s get into shape!

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The Oval

The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. The oval shape is an interesting shape because it can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

The Square

The square nail is the classic acrylic shape — straight side walls, two sharp points on the tips, and a balanced C-curve. It is the staple shape for the traditional French manicure and is used frequently for detailed nail art designs. But the square nail is not always the best choice for certain nail beds, the square shape is difficult to pull off when the natural nail bed tends to be shorter and wider. In such a case, a sharp square nail could make the nail appear shorter and stubbier. But for longer nail beds, the square can complement the nail and add length to the finger.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To file into the classic square shape, a medium-grade file (150 grit) should be used to shape the free edge and side walls first. Then turn the hand around to straighten the free edge, noting that when looking at it the file should be perpendicular to the nail to achieve the hard square. File the side wall straight up and then change the angle to blend. Repeat this on the other side. Once both sides are finished, use angles to lightly feather and bevel the nail and to sharpen the corners.

The Squoval

The squoval is one of the most common shapes, yet it is absent from many nail technician textbooks. The squoval nail is essentially a conservative square with the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval — hence the name squoval. Squoval nails add versatility, enabling short, wide nail beds to carry the length without appearing oversized.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To file the squoval, first begin with the square. This is a practice that she employs for every shape. She first builds it square so that she can make sure the sidewalls are straight. Once the side walls are straight, tilt the file underneath the corners and file back and forth from the underneath up. This will gradually take the corners off. Keep in mind that you only want to round the part of the tip that is past the free edge, this way you do not take anything away from the side walls at the stress area.

The Round

The round shape is more conservative. It is frequently used to create a softer, less noticeable look, and it’s also a common choice for male clients because the shape mirrors the natural contours of the nail. If you have wide nail beds and large hands, then the rounded shape can make the hands look a bit thinner. Round nails can also soften hand features by providing a well-kempt and subtle nail outline.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To get the round shape, it’s best to file the side walls straight out, and then to just round out the edges into a nice curved shape. Be careful not to take too much off on each side or else it will look unbalanced. A good tip to remember is to visualize making a square, filing the side walls straight out, then simply round the corners with moderate angles to complete the shape. The finished round nail should be slightly tapered and extend just past the tip of the finger.

The Pointed

The pointed nail is not seen as often as other shapes. A pointed shape is a little more adventurous than shapes like the oval, squoval, or even square, but given the right circumstances a pointed nail can create length and have a slendering effect on the hand. Smaller hands with smaller nail beds can use a pointed nail to create a subtle appearance of length, while long, slender nail beds take pointed nails to a more noticeable and extreme level.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: The technique is based on the letter “I” where the center of the “I” shape is the upper arch that forms a line running down the nail bed. The top of the “I” is bending the cuticle flush with the natural nail, and the bottom of the “I” is looking down the barrel of the nail to make sure the C-curve is even. The pointed tip requires taking the top of the “I” to a point that meets at the center of the apex. Once the “I” is in formation, it is just a matter of blending everything in so you have perfect harmony in the nail shape.

xxK.L

HAUTE HALLOWEEN – SKIN CARE PREP

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s the one day of the year where you can let your hair down, be someone else for an entire night and of course indulge in candy. When the fun is done, the holiday can take a real toll on your skin.  So, before you apply that smoky cat-eye or dip your hand in the candy bowl check out our tips and tricks to protect your skin this Halloween.

Buy Quality Makeup: We know it’s hard to justify paying up for quality makeup for a costume you may wear once. But the least expensive makeup may contain ingredients that will clog your pores. The Beauty Place is the ultimate destination to find luxury beauty and skin care products at affordable prices. Trust me, you can thank us later. Consider using quality products that work best for your skin type. This will allow your skin to breathe through your makeup and not suffocate your pores.

Prep Your Skin: Thoroughly moisturize your skin before you apply makeup. It will help your face stay fresh and hydrated, but it will also give your costume makeup a more flawless finish.

Remove All Your Makeup Before Bed: No matter how exhausted you are you need to properly wash your face before you go to bed. We tend to wear much more makeup on Halloween and if it’s left on too long it can clog your pores and can cause a break-out the next day. Leave all of your face wash products out on the counter before you leave for the night  - it will help you remember after a long night out.

Go For the Dark Chocolate: It’s hard to resist at least a few pieces of candy on Halloween and we are happy to report that there are some skin-friendly options out there. Go for the dark chocolate pieces especially ones with nuts as they give you some protein. These are better than jelly candies or even milk chocolate which is higher in sugar, contains dairy and has been linked to acne.

SKIN PREP PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS: Clarisonic, Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, Obagi Nu-Derm Action MoisturizerPeter Thomas Roth Pink Bombshell Lip Balm

#hautehalloween

xxK.L

 

HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION – THE BLOOD DRIPPING MANICURE

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For Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 runway show, the designer picked this look for the models’ nails and for Halloween, it’s perfect! So here’s how to do it, step-by-step.

Step 1: Apply a base coat.

Step 2: Apply one coat of a creamy pale polish, like OPI Mimosas for MR & Mrs

Step 3: Use a bobby pin dipped in the deep red polish (I picked OPI Red) to plop on a little bit of color to the nail. Drag the polish upward toward the tip of the nail.

Step 4: Repeat 1 – 2 times per nail. You can even add a little random dot elsewhere as an extra “spatter.”

Step 5: Connect the drips with a line of polish across the top. It doesn’t have to be perfect straight; it can look like a messy French manicure (i.e. any French manicure I do on myself). Wait for the polish to fully dry.

Step 6 (optional): Apply a top coat for extra shine (For fast drying and high-gloss shine I highly recommend RapiDry by OPI)

xxK.L

SEPHORA VS. THE BEAUTYPLACE.COM

In true beauty blogger style, the weekend is all about discovering new products and scouring the Internet to find the best deal. We at TBP love to create “wish lists” of the lines we’re lusting after and make it our mission to deliver our clients these IT PRODUCTS at affordable prices.

As you know, there are thousands of cosmetic products available in the market today and deciding on which product to purchase can get quite confusing not to mention – costly. The days of “window shopping” Sephora.com are over! TheBeautyPlace.com has pioneered the concept of the best-of-the-best in discount prices in a playgroup of prestige brands. Finding quality products at affordable prices can be quite an intimidating task at best. As the premier beauty discount website, TBP offers an assortment of the best-in-budget-friendly beauty. Your skin deserves nothing less than the best and you do not need to overspend to do so. We pride ourselves on customer service – have a product question or recommendation? Call us! Our beauty experts are trained to guide you along the way of all your beauty needs.

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xxK.L

HAUTE HALLOWEEN CONTEST 2014

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Our Haute Halloween contest is now LIVE!

HOW TO ENTER

1. Become a follower on Instagram (@thebeautyplace)
2. Comment on the Instagram post for “Haute Halloween”
3. Tag @thebeautyplace in a photo sharing your favorite beauty product from TheBeautyPlace and how you plan to incorporate it into your “Haute Halloween” look
Contestants must enter by October 22nd, 2014 11:00AM Standard Eastern Time.
The winner will be announced after 12PM Standard Eastern Time on October 22nd, 2014.

THE PRIZE

CHI is one of the leading and most trusted brands in hair styling tools that can be found backstage for fashion shows, beauty shoots and are the trusty tools for stylists across the nation.
The CHI Auto Digital Ceramic Waver, a truly unique styling tool that gives the freedom to crimp, wave or curl hair with precision using a three-barrel, is this year’s Halloween giveaway.

RULES 

Winner is responsible for contacting TheBeautyPlace.com with the shipping address to obtain the prize. Must redeem by October 24th, 2014 4:00PM Standard Eastern Time. No purchase is necessary to win. Valid for U.S. entries only.

Good Luck!

xxK.L

HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION – SKELETON GLAM

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Skulls are a Halloween staple that make for a classic costume. But instead of taking the easy route and wearing a mask, learn how to create a painted-on skull face. This makeup look will GLAM your skeleton to the next level.

TOOLS: light foundation, black liquid eyeliner, black/white eyeshadow, eyeshadow brush, shading brush 

THE EYES
Step 1: Apply light-colored foundation all over your face (as close to white as possible) apple all the way down your neck
Step 2: Outline your eye sockets with black eyeliner. The circles will look best if they’re not perfect. Create a line above your brown bone and your cheek bone.
Step 3: Fill in the eye sockets with black eyeshadow using an eyeshadow brush.

THE NOSE
Step 1: Using the liquid eyeliner, draw the letter M across the center of your nose. The sides of the M should wrap around your nostrils.
Step 2: Fill in the letter M with the black eye shadow.

THE TEETH
Step 1: Color your lips with white eyeliner or power
Step 2. Using the black eyeliner, draw a line from the corner of your mouth toward the ear, about three inches on both sides.
Step 3: Using the black liquid eyeliner, draw a vertical line down the center of your mouth, from just above your top lip to past your bottom lip.
Step 4: Draw six more vertical lines about half an inch apart to the left center, then repeat on the right side.

THE JAW/ THE CHEEKBONES
Step 1: Using the black liquid eyeliner, outline two hollow areas on the side of your face, one hollow are should be close to your teeth and the other hollow area should be closer to your ear, on your cheekbone.
Step 2: Draw a straight line that connects the two hollow areas.
Step 3: Fill in all four hollow areas (two on each side) with the black eyeshadow and darken the straight lines that connect them.
Step 4: Connect the last two top teeth on both sides of the mouth to the hollow area closest to your teeth.
Step 5: Connect the last two top teeth on both sides of the mouth to the hollow area closest to your teeth.

FINISHING TOUCH
Step 1: Use black eye shadow around your face to blend and shade all over to create the look that your face is hollow.

#SKULLSPIRATION

xxK.L

 

TOP MASCARA – EDITOR APPROVED

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If we had to live with just one beauty item, we think its fair to say that most women would pick mascara—a little length and color on the lashes can go a long way. But which brand would you choose? While there are plenty shared obsessions when it comes to mascara, we at The Beauty Place swear by “Lashes To Die For” by Peter Thomas Roth. The unique design of the mascara’s wand defines the lashes with application, adding lots of volume. The formula of the mascara is very buildable without clumping at all, leaving your lashes soft and nourished. The color is a nice rich black that dries into a satin finish. If you’re looking for “Lashes To Die For” look no further than Peter Thomas Roth!

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HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION – DARK EYESHADOW

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Black eyeshadow is one of those colors that can add major drama to your makeup. With black eyeshadow we love creating a smokey eye look with a matte finish. Application is very important, its all about blending and building the color.

TOOLS: black shadow, eye definer brush, angled eyeshadow brush

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Step 1: The best spot to start application for black eyeshadow is “in the crease” of your eyelid and the outer corners of the eyes. This will give your lid deep definition without overpowering your eyes.

Step 2: Using an angled brush, apply the black eyeshadow onto your lash line acting as an eyeliner.
Step 3: It is very important to blend the black eyeshadow well into the lid in sweeping motions. By blending the black in, a softer smokey look is created. The color will remain matte black, but look polished to perfection.

Finish the look with our favorite mascara Lashes To Die For by Peter Thomas Roth!

xxK.L

HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION – 70′S HAIR

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From afros and blunt bangs to headbands and boho braids, 70’s inspired hair is top on our Halloween list. Taking cue from the Disco Days, this fun and flirty look is achievable with big false lashes, winged eyeliner, nude lips, peachy bronzed blush and most importantly – big bold hair.

Blow out your hair to the max, curl it, then brush it out. Finish the look with gold hoop earrings and a printed jumpsuit.

TOOLS: paddle brush, styling mouse, hairspray, curling iron

STEPS:

  1. Start with clean, blow dried hair.
  2. Prep the hair with a light-hold styling mousse so you get a little extra support + hold from the inside when you set it.
  3. Take a section as seen above and clip it up. Create sections then curl.
  4. The more room there is between your scalp + pin, the less volume it will create.
  5. Once you get to the very end, give it a mist of light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray. (Don’t worry if little pieces fall out! There will be so much texture, you won’t really notice those.)
  6. Your iron should be on medium, not high. Start at the bottom and curl the end piece first. That will keep the hair from unraveling. Work your way up to the base. Don’t let the hair get too hot. I like to do it on 300 degrees Fahrenheit and only clamp the flat iron for 5 seconds at a time.
  7. Once you finish your entire head let it cool then brush with a big paddle brush until you reach your frizziest potential. Give it a good spray and you’re done!

xxK.L

HAUTE HALLOWEEN

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We want you to be prepared for the season—and enjoy it! That’s why the editors at The Beauty Place put together a ten-day Halloween beauty plan, packed with smoky-eye tricks and ways to get your skin glowing. Follow us on Instagram and “Like” us on Facebook to learn about our flash sales, giveaways and a chance to win our Halloween Haute items.

This year’s Haute Halloween contest is live now!

HOW TO ENTER

1. Follow us on Instagram (@thebeautyplace).
2. Comment on the Instagram post for “Haute Halloween.”
3. Tag @thebeautyplace in a photo sharing with us your favorite beauty product (from TheBeautyPlace) and how you plan to incorporate it into your Halloween look.

Your prize? The CHI Auto Digital Ceramic Waver, a truly unique styling tool that gives you the freedom to crimp, wave or curl your hair with precision using a three-barrel design. Perfect for the Disco Diva!

RULES

Contestants must enter by October 22nd, 2014 by 11:00AM Standard Eastern Time.

The winner will be announced after 12PM Standard Eastern Time October 22nd, 2014.

Winner is responsible for contacting TheBeautyPlace.com with the shipping address to obtain the prize. Must redeem by October 24th, 2014 4:00PM Standard Eastern Time. No purchase is necessary to win. Valid for U.S. entries only.

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xxK.L

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