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Nail Art Alert: How to Get a Real Feather Manicure at Home (So Pretty!): Girls in the Beauty Department. I bought these feathers a few weeks ago and I knew they'd make a gorgeous mani.

Nail Art Alert: How to Get a Real Feather Manicure at Home (So Pretty!): Girls in the Beauty Department

Here's how to recreate the look. It'll cost you waaaay less than what you'd pay in the salon! You will need: A base color. I chose Essie's Glamour Purse. Two top coats. Before you start, prepare all of the feathers you plan to use by cutting off the ends. Paint on your base color, let it dry, then add a coat of your thick clear top coat. While the clear coat is still tacky, carefully place the feather on to your nail. When that's completely dry, apply a few coats of your fast drying top coat. Once that's dry, use scissors or cuticle clippers to trim off most of the excess feather hanging off the end of your nail. You can remove what's left with a nail file which also leaves you with a nice smooth edge. I like to clean up around my cuticles with pure acetone and a small paintbrush, especially after piling on all that top coat!

And here's the result... What do you think of this manicure idea? It's because I think too much: Galactic Manicure. I loved how my glittery gradient mani turned out so much that I decided to do a variation on it, using the night sky as my inspiration!

It's because I think too much: Galactic Manicure

Here's how I did it: 1. Prep I grabbed deep navy, silver glitter, and gold glitter polish along with my favorite top coat. I also grabbed an orange stick and some nail art rhinestones. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. STICKY SITUATION. Photos + design by Kristin Ess It’s really hard to get clean lines when it comes to putting stripes on manicures.

I’m going to share a little DIY secret– nail polish on scotch tape. You can cut a perfect line or triangle and get a fun geometric mani. Here’s how it’s done: You’ll need polish, scissors + scotch tape.Apply polish to your tape. When you’re done, apply them to a pre-polished nail with the sticky side down. Tags: DIY, do it yourself, geometric, how to, kristin ess, mani, mani monday, manicure, nail, neon, stickers, the beauty department, Related posts:

PRETTY POLISH IDEA. Photos + post by Kristin Ess First of all, sorry for the lack of posts this week.


By now you know that Lady Conrad has a brand new book called THE FAME GAME. We joined her on her book tour and that busy schedule left little time for much else. But we’re back and bringing you the ombre stain mani! We’ve seen lots of ombre techniques in the past, but this one is pretty cool because it’s done on your bare nails and has more of a stain effect than looking like actual nail polish. You will need: 3-4 gradient nail polish colors (dark to light and all in the tonal family), a clear top coat, a triangle makeup sponge, a cup of water, a piece of paper for blotting the polish, a paint brush + nail polish remover for clean up. LoveIt. You can also paint your car like this too. It looks very cool in a rootbeer color with a metalic bronze over top on a tailgate of a pickup truck that is rootbeer brown.

12 Amazing DIY Nail Art Designs Using Scotch Tape. New Tab. Our intrepid beauty intern, Sara, is a die-hard DIY beauty junkie and found this amazing manicure on a We're not really sure that we have the patience for this, but we definitely admire those of you who do.

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