Fierce fashion week nails

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Manicures are often overlooked at fashion shows. It’s easy to get carried away with the clothes and celebrity sightings, but you’d be surprised just how much thought and creativity is put into the hands of every model, at every runway show.

Similar to the many extravagant fashion, make-up and hair trends sported on the runways, the nail displays are great for artistic inspiration and upcoming colour trends, but on occasion have to be toned down a little to be wearable in every day scenarios.

A great example is the manicure from the Pheonix Keating show at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). This nail look in particular was fantastically fierce and out-there, but we loved it all the same. Here’s how we’d transform it into an every day nail look:

 

Step #1: Shape

File your nails so that they still have a little length, but a nice rounded shape. (Square shaped and super long nails have the potential to snag on clothing and other materials, which is perfectly fine if you have someone dressing you, but impractical for anyone else who has to dress themselves in the morning pre-work rush.)

 

Step #2: Colour

The red hue of this manicure is incredibly eye catching and daring (I love it!), but if you’re after a more subtle and cooler colour, a blue-based red or maroon will also go seamlessly with gold glitter.

 

Step #3: Glitter

To make the glitter stand out, apply a gold polish to the tips of your nails before applying a coat of glitter polish.

Quick tip: if you want to recreate the triangle shape of the red polish, wait until the red coat is dry and then apply a stencil or triangle shaped outline before painting on the gold hue.

 

Don’t tone down everything!

Just because you’re toning down the manicure to make it a bit more practical, doesn’t mean you have to tone down your entire look. These nails would go perfectly with a red lip and flicked out eyeliner.  And of course the one thing you never have to tone down is a confident white smile, so make sure to use Colgate Optic White Toothpaste to ensure a consistent pearly white shine. It’s formulated with the whitening ingredient used by dentists* and can deliver three shades whiter teeth after four weeks use.** 

*Gentle, lower strength hydrogen peroxide (1%) formula for everyday use.

**Individual results may vary.

 

Is this nail look something you’d like to try to recreate? How do you ensure your nails are practical but pretty?


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Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

Love this look! Very bold.

Posted on: April 16, 2014 (10 hours ago)

Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

Stunning! I would love to recreate the look, but without the length.

Posted on: April 16, 2014 (9 hours ago)

Styling innovation: customised hairspray

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Do you love reaching for a fragrance that reflects the way you feel each morning? I know I do. It’s great because it allows you to tie together the look you’re trying to create and complement your personality in one fell swoop. 

It’s for this reason that I’m so excited that hairspray heroes Cedel have launched its very first range of scented hairsprays. Yep, three unique hairsprays that not only set your style in place all day, but also smell amazing, and leave a delicious scent lingering in your hair long after you’ve finished styling. 

 

Introducing… 

Coconut Bay: this scent is like an escape to the tropics in a bottle thanks to the cool coconut hit.

Raspberry Punch: a fresh and fruity scent that is spot on for anyone with even the smallest sweet tooth. 

Oriental Blossom: reminiscent of a bouquet of beautiful freshly cut blooms. So divine!

 

Even better is that these scented hairsprays are housed in brilliantly bright, beautiful packaging that is sure to catch your eye, so you’re bound to find one (or three) that you, your locks, and your bathroom counter just can’t live without!

 

 

Top tips for styling your hair with hairspray:

 

  • - Check that the hairspray nozzle is completely clean before use to prevent blockages from causing an uneven spray. 
  • - Keep the can at least 30 cm away from your head when spritzing, as this will ensure you avoid any wet, sticky patches from forming on your hair.
  • - Use your hairspray to give your hair more volume by simply lifting up your strands and tousling them as you spray the hairspray on the underside of each section. 
  • - To create brushed-out curls that last, use a tong to create tight curls all over your head, then spray them liberally with hairspray. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before brushing them out with a paddle brush.
  • - Tame flyaways in a second by spritzing a little hairspray onto a tissue and gently running the tissue over stray hairs.

 

Which Cedel hairspray scent do you think you'd be most likely to love?

 

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I hope Cedel has not discontinued their Original Hairspray in the pink tin.
I know this will sound strange, but the Original Hairspray smells just like my Gran.
I buy the hairspray just to spritz in the air to remind myself of her.
Gran passed away 30 years ago and I still think of her everyday.
I miss you Gran.

Posted on: April 16, 2014 (14 hours ago)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Oriental blossom sounds the best for me. Great idea and the packaging is fun.

Posted on: April 16, 2014 (14 hours ago)

How-to: easy Easter nail art

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Easter is a wonderful time for many reasons. Mainly because of the long weekend and all the chocolate, but it’s also a great time to get together with the fam and have some fun on an Easter egg hunt.

Anyway, whatever your reasons for loving it, Easter is a great time of year. And there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit of it all than by sporting an Easter manicure – inspired by all the decorate Easter eggs of course!

You’ll need:

-    White nail polish (we used: Rimmel London Brit Manicure in Porcelain.)
-    Some nail art pens (we used: Glam by Manicre Nail Art Pens.)
-    A few bright nail polish shades (we used: SinfulColors Polish in Pink Forever, Revlon Parfumerie in Sunlit Grass and ELES Polish in Lime Sorbet.)
-    A bobby pin.

STEP ONE:

Apply two coats of your white polish to your nails. This will create the canvas for your base. All enough time for your nails to fully dry.

STEP TWO:

Using one of your nail art pens, draw a zigzag from one side of your nail to the other (horizontally). Do this on your thumb, middle finger and pinky.

STEP THREE:

Take another colour nail art pen and draw another zigzag above your first. Repeat with another colour once you’ve done all three nails and keep going until each of your three nails is filled with different coloured zigzags.

STEP FOUR:

Pour out a small amount of each of your coloured nail polishes onto a piece of paper and get your bobby pin ready.

STEP FIVE:

Dip the end of the bobby pin (so the ball-y bit) into your first shade and lightly make a few dots on your forefinger and ring finger.

STEP SIX:

Clean the bobby pin and repeat this process with your second colour. Then follow it with a few dots of your third colour. Leave the dots to dry completely and finish with a topcoat.

Would you try this nail art look for Easter? What design would you like to try for Easter nail art?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Very pretty!

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (1 day ago)

Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

this sounds like fun!

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (1 day ago)

The celeb that’s gone all ‘Cindy Crawford’ on us

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Cindy Crawford and Kate Upton.

 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Kate Upton, star of new flick The Other Woman was channeling supermodel Cindy Crawford at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

It’s the blood-red lips, the kohl smudged eye and the defined brows – but most of all, it’s the voluminous hair that makes Kate look just like the famous supermodel.

So how do we get the look ourselves? We already know how to get that amazing front curl (find out how to do it right here), but we wanted to know the secret behind the amazing shimmer, texture and volume.

Luckily, we were able to discover that celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler and a range of Moroccanoil styling products were behind the look. To copy it at home, you’ll need; Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, Moroccanoil Treatment Light (perfect for blondes) and Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine.

 

What do you think of this look? Do you think Kate is beginning to look like Cindy? 

 

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Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I think there's too much going on with Kate's look. The make up suits Cindy though!

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (1 day ago)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

I think it's a bit too much makeup on Kate. I think on Cindy, for that decade, it was correct.

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (1 day ago)

Nicki Minaj like we’ve never seen her…

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Once upon a time Nicki Minaj’s red carpet looks would shock me. The brightly coloured hair, the wacky make-up, the, um, interesting outfit choices – it was all just a little odd.

But then I got used to the kookiness and it all just became part of Nicki’s persona. It was expected.

And then she rocked up the MTV Movie Awards yesterday and I was blown away by her red carpet beauty look.



Not only was she dressed in a tasteful, elegant (and gorgeously figure-hugging) frock, she kept her make-up simple and beautiful. No bright colours, no bizarre hair ‘do. Instead, she completely nailed her winged eyeliner, subtle balayage and neutral lips. She actually wore a make-up look that (gasp) I wanted to immediately recreate.

And if you find yourself wanting the exact same thing, here are some handy hints on how to achieve the beautifully understated look:

-    Brush your brows with a spoolie and fill them in. Groomed, bold brows will help give your neutral make-up look some definition and will keep you from looking washed out.
-    Use a creamy gel liner to create your wing. Keep the line on your lash line and as you reach the outer corner, flick up towards the end of your eyebrow.
-    Use a shimmery bronzer under your cheekbones to give your cheeks definition and your skin some extra luminosity
-    Pick a nude lip colour with a hint of gloss to it – this will help balance your look.

What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s make-up? Would you recreate this look?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I love the toned down Nicki. This look really suits her.

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Golly gee I don't recognise this girl. This is certainly a very chic Nicki, I'm loving it.

Posted on: April 15, 2014 (2 days ago)