MONDAY MANICURE – NEGATIVE SPACE MANI

Popular in the runways, the negative space mani is the equivalent to the cutout dress in the fashion world.

The mani doesn’t require a base color and gives the illusion of nail polish colors and designs floating against a bare nail bed. From linear styles to curved patterns, there is a design for anyone’s taste!negativespacemani

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1. Apply a clear base coat and let it dry thoroughly.

2. Use nail tape to cover the areas you want to keep bare. Nail tape is great for creating designs as well for those inspired to try it out.

3. Paint over the nail in the desired color.

4. Let the polish dry and carefully peel off the nail tape.

5. Follow with a clear top coat.

Tip: Having a nail polish correcter pen handy can help clean up smudged polish around the nail bad and make your negative space designs more precise. Run it along any uneven spots to make the lines and curves crisper before applying the top coat.

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xxK.L

PUCKER UP!

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Well-moisturized lips look plumped at the surface, while dry, dehydrated lips will look the opposite of plump—thin, weathered, and wrinkled. Apply a thick layer of a super-restorative lip balm like Peter Thomas Roth Lips To Die which will go to work on dry, chapped lips while you sleep. In the morning, you’ll wake up with lips that already look fuller (and softer).

In the morning swipe on a buttery, plumping and conditioning lip balm, like Bliss Fabulips Glossy Balm Citrus Mint.

BRIGHT LIPS 101 Unlike a nude lip, a bold hue requires more effort. Follow these five-steps to ensure poppy pout perfection.

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Dab on a concealer for an even base (try TIGI Cream Concealer; $12.05), then paint on your color with a lip brush, starting from your Cupid’s bow and working outward. We love TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick in Finesse, a great vibrant hue. Blot with a tissue. Apply a neutral lip liner to clean up the edges along your lip line. Pat a fine highlighting powder on the center of your lower lip to create the illusion of fullness.

xxK.L

9 CONCEALER TRICKS EVERY WOMEN SHOULD KNOW

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1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.
If you apply your foundation first, you’ll find that you don’t need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer first, however, you’ll remove most of it while applying your foundation.

2) The most flattering way to apply concealer is to draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek.
This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye, and drawing the focus upward.
3) To prevent your eye shadow from falling off your lid and settling in the creases, prime your eyelids first with a dab of concealer.

4) When concealing a pimple, first use a green concealer, then cover the area with a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly.
Cancel out a pimple’s redness by applying green concealer with a clean brush to only the pimple (not the skin around it) to avoid spreading the bacteria. Then, use a cotton swab to dab on a high-coverage liquid concealer that matches your skin tone to camouflage the pimple. Blend it into the surrounding skin and finish with setting powder

5) If you have a pimple on your chest or back that you need to conceal, cover the trouble spots with a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly, and then top it with a translucent powder.
Continue to alternate concealer and setting powder until the blemish is undetectable. The concealer will hide the blemish and the setting powder will prevent it from wearing off.

6) If you find yourself without concealer, place a small dot of liquid foundation on the area, wait a few minutes for the formula to set, and then lightly blend it out.
The trick is to wait until the foundation dries and thickens a bit (it will eventually reach the consistency of concealer) before trying to blend it. If you blend it too soon, the foundation will be sheer and rub off, leaving you with very little coverage.

7) Use a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone to line three tiny sections of your eyes: the inner “V,” the middle section of your eyelid, and just below your brow bone.
Lightly blend for instantly well-rested eyes and a highlight that looks natural.

9) Know what issues different colors of concealer fix.
Peach shades cancel out blue circles or bruising, green hide red blemishes, and yellow-toned concealers correct almost all uneven skin tones.

xxK.L

What Does Nail Color Say About You?

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Ultimately, your mood determines which nail polish color you choose. Are you feeling feminine, a sheer nude with a hint of pink like OPI Samoan Sand or bold like a vibrant yellow or pink? According to many studies, a person’s attraction to particular shades can speak volumes about their personality. Where do you fall?

If you always wear black nail polish, you are…

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A beautifully painted black manicure is extremely chic. Having said that most women wearing a black mani are creative types that think out of the box — and a little bit of a rebel. It takes a lot of confidence to wear a black manicure, and for most women that do wear one, it’s their signature look.

Polish Picks: OPI Black Onyx

If you sport neon nail colors, you are…

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Bright colors are an awesome visual for anyone wearing them. You have no choice but to get your energy up and get going!

Polish Picks: OPI I’m India Mood For Love 

If you are into pretty pastels, you are…

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Soft colors like pale pinks, creamy beiges and even variations of bright colors like a soft yellow or coral can definitely add to a relaxed state.

Polish Picks: OPI Mod About You 

If your go-to nail polish is orange, you are…

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Shades that would be ballsy or impulsive are a bright pop of orange, an opaque baby blue or a metallic green.

Polish Picks: OPI Tazmanian Devil Made Me Do it 

If your nails are painted in a rich wine shade, you are…

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Sexy, sultry for me is always a dark burgundy nail. It’s a modern classic.

Polish Picks: OPI Midnight in Moscow

If you prefer a clean white mani, you are…

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A solid white manicure is fresh and very chic. It works on all ages and lends an element of youth to anyone wearing it.

Polish Picks: OPI Ridge Filler 

If you like to mix it up with neutral and bright colors, you are…

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If your go-to manicure right now is a beige nail with a pop of metallic, bright or neon color on the tips you’re happy! You can even switch it up by putting a different color on each tip. Play around with designs, too; you can do a chevron tip, a classic French, asymmetrical or even a row of dots. The possibilities are endless!

Polish Picks: OPI My Vampire is Buff 

If your nails are always a fiery shade of red, you are…

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I’d like to think there isn’t such a thing as an ‘angry’ manicure, but if I had to choose, I would venture to say a blood red manicure could be construed that way.

Polish Picks: OPI On Collins Avenue 

xxK.L

New Year – New Look

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There’s something about the turn of a calendar year or a change in season that makes everyone crave dramatic change, especially when it comes to physical appearance. But you don’t have to dye your hair red or max out your credit card to reinvent your image—smaller changes can add up to a big impact. Here are 4 almost-effortless ways to update your appearance. They’re quick, inexpensive and unlike the many trendy diets the season brings, require nearly zero willpower.

1. Try A Different Part
Experimenting with a new look can be as simple as flipping it to the opposite side of your head. The simple switch can add new volume at the roots and alter the way the front sections frame your face. Changing your part is an especially great way to get long hair out of a rut without sacrificing any length. Move your part before bed using a comb and a bit of styling cream, then put on a wide, no-slip elastic headband. Slip folded tissue beneath the band to keep it from leaving crease marks in your hair.

2. Red Lipstick
Don’t be scared off by its boldness—the truth is, red is one of the most universally wearable lipstick shades, and it’s a classic way to add both impact and femininity to your look. In general, reds that are more blue-based are flattering on all skin tones, and they make your teeth look whiter. When shopping for one, trust your instincts. Choosing a red lipstick is like choosing a great piece of jewelry—you should go for the one you’re immediately attracted to.

3. Modernize Your Manicure
Your nails may seem like minor details, but they say a lot about you. For example, oval-shaped tips painted with pale-pink polish are pretty, but a little predictable. Try this of-the-moment twist instead, and watch your nails suddenly spark attention: Instead of rounding off the tips, file them straight across and then round off just the corners, creating what manicurists call a “squoval” shape. When it comes to color, the chicest choices right now are warm brownish-beige shades, like OPI “Over The Taupe” Or, try one of the new palest-gray hues, such as OPI “Ballet My Point Exactly,” which is soft and subtle, but still thoroughly modern.

4. Get Glowing
Get your skin glowing! Foundation isn’t the most thrilling makeup topic, but it makes a huge difference to your overall look. To get the most flawless finish, take your application technique up a notch with Youngblood. The subtle shimmer in this foundation gives skin a youthful, dewy look, and by reflecting light, helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and other flaws.

xxK.L

MONDAY MANICURE – HALF MOON

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The reverse french or “half-moon” manicure is definitely a mega trend of the season. Instead of highlighting the tips of your nail, like a french manicure, this trend focusses on the moons of your nails (the half circle base of your nail.) As far as nail art goes, it’s a lot easier than it looks. Just remember to use a lighter shade for the moon of your nail and tag us on instagram (@thebeautyplace) with #mondaymanicure

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GET THE LOOK:

1. Start with clean, bare nails. After you prep your nails, paint two coats of the color that you want to show near your cuticle. Be sure to paint your whole nail.

2. Wait for it to dry.

3. Place reinforcement stickers on the lower third of each nail, making sure to keep the curve centered.

4. Paint two coats of the other polish (Don’t worry about getting a little on the stickers).

5. Let the polish dry for a few seconds, so it gets a little tacky but doesn’t harden completely. Gently peel off the stickers in one motion. (Personally, I like using glitter for the bottom part, since it makes for easy touchups if a little polish comes off during this step!)

4. Finish with a clear top coat.

xxK.L

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