How to: Nail Art Trends of the Past
In honor of our September theme—Heritage—we’re taking a look at the trends of yesteryear and updating them for 2013.
From the nail-brightening trick used in the Victorian era to the unexpected inspiration for the first colored lacquers in the 1920s, here’s how the modern day mani came to be.
Catch up on everything Heritage in this month’s issue of the Birchbox Magazine.
Between busy work schedules and jam-packed social calendars, it’s tough to fit in a little mani time. With the work week winding down (whoo hoo!), we’ve rounded up eight topnotch manicures to try this weekend:
Earlier this week, I commented to fellow operations associate Alexandra that her neutral manicure looked great. She told me that she just had nail wraps applied at a salon. For those of you who are looking to strengthen your nails without the damaging side effects of acrylics, nail wraps might be a future favorite for you. Nail wraps look much more natural than acrylic nails and can make your manicure last for weeks.
A few days after I had paid Alexandra the compliment on her durable manicure, I noticed that her nails looked different and that she was sporting nail art. I asked her why she had gotten rid of her wraps, but it turns out that she hadn’t. She had just painted over them.
Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.
Polka dot manicures are incredibly east to do. Perfect this adorable design with just a few simple steps!
Zoya display at Polished Beauty Bar
Hot off the heels of our epic NARS store field trip, we took another jaunt yesterday morning to Polished Beauty Bar on the Upper West Side. Our friends at Well and Good alerted us to this hyper-clean salon, which has the biggest selection of eco-conscious Zoya polishes in the city. Owner Susan Nam was nice enough to let us chat her ear off about everything from polish mixing to nail art. We’ll have much more on that soon, but first: a tip too good to keep to ourselves:
If you ever mess up your polish — bumpy, lumpy — don’t take it off and start from scratch. Instead, let it dry completely, and then use a regular file to gentle shave down the problem area. When it’s smooth (ideally you’ll only take off the topmost layer of polish so there will still be color below), use a buffer to brush the entire nail. Finish with a top coat. Susan demo-ed this and the polish was miraculously perfect - no need for reapplication!
Read all our nail polish adventures here.
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