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After several seasons of elaborate nail art, bold neons and loud metallics, the tides are changing. On and off the runway we spotted dozens of chic neutrals. From barely there pinks to opaque creams, old school pale nails are everything this season. Just like foundation, nailing the right nude is all about finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Fair Skin: Sheer Pink

The best neutral tone for fair skin is pink because it supports the pink and blue undertones in pale skin tones. The idea is to brighten and subtly enhance your nails while still letting them show through a little by using a shiny, sheer formula.

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Medium Skin: Pink-y-Beige

Medium skin tones look best with a pink-y beige. It can help brighten the natural skin tone.

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Olive Skin: Creamy Beige

Pale, creamy nude tones work well with medium skin tones because they highlight the inherent tan hue of the skin while providing just the right amount of contrast.

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Dark Skin: Rosy Beige

If you have dark skin, you’ve got options. Dark skin tones can handle the greatest variety of colors, the beige component contrasts nicely with dark skin while the warm tone of rose complements it.

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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!


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.




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)



3Good morning Beauties!

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


Winner is responsible for contacting 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!




When London Fashion Week kicked off, we were naturally zooming in on the final touches: the nails.

One of our favorites was backstage at Shrimps, top nail artist Michelle Humphries lead the backstage pearl-on-pearl manicure trend. We love the lady-like feminine touch to this look. According to the lead nail artist for the show: The trick is to use a good base coat, buff your nails beforehand, and use a thicker polish to hold in the decorative pearls.



OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-11 OPI partnered with Dion Lee to create a striking nail look for the designer’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 runway show at Hosfelt Gallery on Saturday, September 6. On trend for spring, lead nail artist Miss Pop played with negative space to create a bold nail look featuring a thick stripe of metallic along one side of each nail. Light reflectors were the inspiration for the metallic stripe, providing little flashes of light to catch the eye #OPINYFW. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-16Each model’s hands were painted with one coat of Base Coat to start. One vertical stripe was painted on the outside side of each nail with two coats of My Signature is DC by OPI, and the look was completed with Matte Top Coat. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-16 The look for the toes was the new nude – Matte Top Coat. OPI Flex 220/280 buffer was used to lightly buff nails, and then Matte Top Coat was applied to provide a polished, powdery finish. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-24 xxK.L

Tutorial Tuesday – The Great Gatsby Mani

“The Great Gatsby” – a story of love, of Jazz, of America in the 1920s and you can’t forget style.

TT_gatsbynails drew inspiration from the gold and black design seen on all the movie promotional items of “The Great Gatsby.”

Try this out and share your results!

You will need:

  • Base Coat
  • Gold Nail Polish
  • Black Nail Polish
  • Striping Tape
  • Gold Beads or Gold Studs
  • Toothpicks
  • Top Coat


STEP 1: Make sure you begin with clean, bare nails. Apply the base coat. When dry, apply 1-2 coats of the gold nail polish. It should be dry to the touch before continuing. (Keep the amount of polish even.)

STEP 2: Use the striping tape to create the pattern as demonstrated. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Draw inspiration from the movie posters! Make sure the striping tape is properly attached to avoid the polish getting under it.

STEP 3: Paint 2 coats of black nail polish over the pattern.

STEP 4: Depending on the type of nail polish you have, remove the striping tape quickly or after it has dried completely.

STEP 5: Dip the toothpick in the top coat so that you can use it to get the gold bead/stud. Attach the stud on the angle as shown in the diagram.

STEP 6: Wait for nails to dry and apply 2 – 3 layers of top coat.

Stay beautiful!


Tutorial Tuesday – Matte Nails

Our previous matte nail tutorial was steamy. In an effort to keep this matte nail trend going, here’s another way to achieve this chic mani with a DIY matte nail topcoat! It’s an affordable alternative to matte top coats on the market today.


You will need:

  • Corn Starch
  • Clear Top Coat
  • Any Nail Polish


STEP 1: Paint your nails with your preferred nail color.

STEP 2: Get a pinch of corn starch.

STEP 3: Add a few drops of clear top coat.

STEP 4: Mix the corn starch and top coat well.

STEP 5: Apply one coat to nails.

All done!

Tag us on your nail IG posts or tweets @thebeautyplace letting us know how it worked for you.

Stay beautiful!


Tutorial Tuesday – Valentine’s Day Morse Code Mani

Ah another year, another Valentine’s Day. We loved many styles that have been posted already but this one stood out for two reasons – Morse Code and a classy black/gold combination. The combination of lines and dots spells “LOVE” and … Continue reading 

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