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Easy Holiday Nail Ideas

Written on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

A festive manicure is your ticket to looking party ready. Whether you want to go all out with glitter or rock a subtle take on sparkle, we whipped up some nail looks to get you into the holiday spirit:

To really let your holiday spirit shine, try this standout combo: apply two coats of your favorite red—we like Clinique Nail Enamel in Red Red Red ($13, clinique.com)—and top it with a sparkly polish, like KB Shimmer Kringle All the Way ($9, kbshimmer.com). Apply the sparkles to all ten tips or just one bling finger like we did.

If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated take on shimmer, try pairing a deep eggplant polish with textured gold flakes. We like Julep in Jillian ($14, julep.com) and Gianna ($14, julep.com). Apply two coats of the eggplant then add a drop of the gold glitter to the base of the nail near the cuticle and lightly drag it toward the tip for a faded effect. Finish with a clear topcoat.

For a more understated way to do glitter, we like this holiday polish from Essie in Toggle to the Top ($9, Ulta.com), which already has the sparkle in the polish. Just apply two coats and finish with a quick-dry topcoat.

Not a fan of sparkle? No problem! Nothing says holiday more than a classic red polish. Here are some of our new favorites. Swipe on two coats and finish with a topcoat.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Nail Lacquer Collection, In My Santa Suit ($9, ulta.com),

Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Silk Matteen Nail Polish in Red Silk Boxers ($19, neimanmarcus.com),

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Rouge Rubis ($27, chanel.com)

 

 

 

 

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Happy Halloween!

Written on October 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm , by

Need last-minute inspiration for a Halloween costume? A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to throw a 90s-themed birthday party, which was SO much fun to see the different costumes. My inspiration for my costume was Cher from the movie Clueless. My husband’s inspiration was Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell.

Since I’m a beauty editor, you better believe that I got really into the hair, makeup and nails from the 90s. I applied a squared-off French manicure set the day of the party, and I even had to go to work in them the following Monday. (I couldn’t get them off!) For hair, Jessie James, a stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, decided to blow-dry my hair with each layer cupping my face, instead of twirling layers away from my face, which is way more modern. For my makeup, Landy Dean contoured my face with opaque, matte brown tones and applied an eyeshadow called “Mysterious Plum,” which he said that he has had in his kit since the 90s. We both ordered brick-like cell phones off of eBay, and I carried around shopping bags as accessories. I also had on a white velvet choker to spice up my outfit.

What are you going to be this Halloween? Hope you guys have a great time dressing up!