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 – 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

NATURAL OILS – GET GLOWING

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From argan to coconut, natural oils are having a moment. So which trendy, all-powerful oil is right for your skin type? Beyond their hydrating abilities, each one of the standout oils below targets a specific skincare concern. With a little help from our friends at GLAMOUR magazine, we’re breaking down the top natural oils for your skin type.

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Argan

This Moroccan all-star just might be the MVP of the oil world. It’s a lightweight hydrator that softens face, body, and even hair. Rich in natural vitamin E, argan also works to lighten acne scars and other forms of discoloration.

Coconut

Caribbean women swear by coconut oil to ward off sun-parched skin, and we love using it on chapped lips and dry hands. Look for cold-pressed virgin oils, which have higher levels of skin-beneficial nutrients than the heat-refined variety. Tip: ingesting coconut oil helps heal skin from the inside out—try using food-grade versions in salads and baked goods.

Jojoba

Sourced from the seeds of a shrub native to the Sonoran Desert, this heavy-duty oil can be used year-round to prevent moisture loss and soothe red, irritated skin. It’s especially great for dry and mature complexions, since these two skin types tend to have underactive sebum glands.

Marula

This newcomer to the oil world is trending in a big way. High in essential fatty acids, it’s been used by Kenyan women for centuries to keep their skin protected against dehydration. Plus, it deflects free radicals and helps reverse the signs of sun damage.

Pomegranate

This super fruit’s oil has sky-high levels of antioxidants, which help to fade fine lines and wrinkles while brightening overall skin tone. Plus, it won’t clog your pores, so it’s ideal for blemish-prone types.

xxK.L

LFW 2015 – BURBERRY PROVES THE RED LIP ISNT OVER

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For the label’s London Fashion Week Show, makeup artist Wendy Rowe updated the classic ‘40s movie-star pout by pairing Burberry Lip Cover in Ruby No.18 with tanned, matte complexion. “It’s a classic with a twist,” she explained. It was all about the red lip, tanned skin with a nude eye and strong brow that made this seasons Burberry girl fresher and more modern.

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The secret to this look is in 3 extra steps:

1. Add a lip liner to add extra definition

2. hold a tissue over the lips

3. Apply a light dusting of a powder over the tissue, sealing in the color.

We’re all about this Scarlet Pout.

xxK.L

LFW – Ombré eyes at Holly Fulton

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Ombré isn’t just for hair, it’s for eyes too. If New York Fashion Week was all about taking makeup off, London has been about piling it on. One of the coolest beauty looks of the season was at Holly Fulton, where makeup artist Andrew Gallimore created an ombré eye, using a cyan kohl liner that faded into white under the models’ eyes. Gallimore kept the skin really scrubbed and natural with no definition in the brows to keep the focus on the faded liner. “We’re trying to get a definition of each color on either side,” he said. He dragged blue and white liner along the lower lash line, creating a fade between the two that was meant to recall the reflection of a pool. He finished with a hint of mascara on the bottom lashes, but kept the top ones bare and curled. His tip: “If you wear it and you blink a bit, it will melt into each other.”

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Refreshing in its simplicity.

xxK.L

TEXTURIZE TUESDAY: BEACH WAVES

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Ever notice how glam your hair tends to look after a day spent by the ocean? Even if you can’t make it to the beach anytime soon, you can still get perfectly tousled waves, AKA “beach hair“, regardless of your hair type, and with very little effort!

Most people have some sort of natural wave to their hair anyway, and using texturizing products is a great way to bring them out. Blow Pro Beach Blow Texturzing Mist captured the very essence of bohemian beach waves. This natural weightless mist is a carefully constructed blend of marine extracts, Dead Sea salts and milk proteins. Never sticky or stiff, Blow Pro Beach Blow Texturzing Mist adds fullness and volume by strengthening and thickening the hair’s cuticle

Using Beach Blow texturizing mist to create beach waves is pretty simple. Onto wet or damp hair, spray on the ends of your hand and scrunch up to your roots. Either let it air dry or use a diffuser, and you’re good to go! Personally, I find that this method gives me even better second-day beach hair than right after it dries – just apply a little After Blo Finishing Spray and Weather Girl Anti Frizz to rejuvenate your waves.

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Marine extracts and Dead Sea salts thicken, texturize and enliven hair without drying it out. Moisture is locked in to give a natural seaside sheen. Nourishing milk proteins add flexibility and luminosity with a soft matte finish.

What sets Blow Pro apart from the rest? Developed, tested and proven by the experts at Blow, New York’s premier blow dry bar, Blow Pro hair care is formulated with an exclusive pure protein blend that is nourishing yet weightless – delivering all the protection you need and the lasting style you want. Blow Pro products are also free of harsh sulfates, parabens & sodium chloride and are 100% keratin treatment compliant.

xxK.L

LFW S2015 – GLOSSY LIDS AT TOM FORD

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For Tom Ford’s Spring 2015 show, models walked the runway in shaggy, Joan Jett-inspired wigs and ultra smokey black glossy eye makeup. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and hairstyle Sam McKnight joined forces to create a major rock n’ roll look. Though we loved this entire look, we couldn’t help but zone in on the eye makeup. For these gorgeous glossy lids, Tilbury blended two dark cream shadows in black and grayish-khaki. After creating a smudgy affect with the shadows, she then added a coat of lengthening black mascara to the lashes. Before the models stepped onto the runway, Tilbury used her fingers to dab a clear lip gloss onto the lids and just under the eye for a super glossy finish. Lip gloss on your eyelids? Sounds crazy! We tried it and are hooked. If you want to try this look but you’re not fully committed to the lip gloss, Tilbury recommends swiping some Vaseline instead for shine.

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This look was all about making a statement when it comes to your eye makeup and boy, did it succeed.

xxK.L

 

THIS SEASONS POSH PONYTAIL

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Making an appearance on the runways from Alexander Wang to Carolina Herrera, slick hair is having more than a moment at New York Fashion Week. Take cue straight from the spring 2015 collections and rock that sleek, always chic ponytail. Whether parted down the middle or groomed into a deep side sweep, its perfect for day or night.

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When it comes to mastering a highly-gloss, rigorously perfect ponytail, a comb is essential. Celebrity stylists recommend using a mousse starting at the roots to give the hair shape and weight, and go through it with a comb—not a brush—to guide the direction of your hair.

xxK.L

NYFW S2015 – NATURAL GLOW AT RAG & BONE

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“I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural. I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the ’90s and the great structure of their brows. I kept the makeup very pure, adding just a touch of natural flush to the lips by mixing two lip products together, and I used a brow pencil to create subtle freckles and a dramatic brow to top the whole look off.”—Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon.

The fresh face has made an appearance yet again at Rag & Bone for the Spring/Summer season. For this effortlessly chic look, Gucci Westman created a fresh, feminine face enhancing natural skin tons by illuminating the cheeks for a look that was all about the glow and shine.

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#GETTHELOOK

FACE

The skin was a dewy look, which called for lots of moisture. To achieve this look, it’s best to moisturize your skin before application of your foundation. If your moisturizer contains light reflecting elements or luminous properties, even better! Then apply your foundation using a large buffing brush (Brush Blender by Glo Minerals is great for this) Take your concealer (1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone) apply it to the centre of the face and under the eyes. Blend with the same buffing brush in a circular motion. Then, take a nude-pink blush; apply to the apples of your cheeks, brushing outwards to the hairline.

EYES

Use a chocolate brown liner and brush towards the top of your lash line, smudging it with your finger to blend. Then, apply two coats of the mascara of your choice (we recommend Lashes to Die for by Peter Thomas Roth) Lastly, the brows were “groomed and brushed up, so they felt expensive”

 LIPS

For the lips, a rosy nude, with a slight hint of brown is best. Line the lips, and then fill in with lipstick. Add a bit of gloss to the center of your bottom lip for a bit of shine.

“This look is effortless, aspirational and chic, while still feeling luxurious and cool” says Westman.

xxK.L

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