The Nail Files: 10 Unconventional Ways To Use Polish

Sure, nail polish does wonders for our tips. But this beauty accessory can offer much more than sparkly nails – just check out the list below.BLG-Mani-Monday-8

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August 26, 2013

Nail It: Find the Best Polish Colors For Your Skin Tone

Fact: Picking a polish is no easy feat. One that looks great in the bottle or on a friend might not work with your skin. But how do you figure that out before committing to a color?

First, determine what undertones your skin has. To do this, simply glance at the veins on your wrist: blue = a cool undertone, green = warm. Can’t tell? Take this quiz to figure out your undertone in seconds. Once that’s all squared away, check out the skin and polish pairings below.

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August 19, 2013

Mani Monday: 4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

Looking at your nails can indicate a lot about your health. When they’re a different shade than normal, your body may be telling you something’s up.

Take a look at the guide below, wipe off that polish, and do a quick a nail check. Your tips will thank you.

4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

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August 12, 2013

Mani Monday: The Lowdown on Gel Manicures

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When gel manicures became the new beauty craze, I thought my days of chipped nails were (finally) over. But then I heard some sour news – my beloved gel manicures could be hazardous to my health. So I decided to do some digging. Here’s what I discovered:

The Pros
This trendy manicure keeps nails glossy and chip-free for about three weeks. Sure, you have to be pretty committed to your color choice, but there’s no more worrying about fitting a nail appointment into your jam-packed agenda every other week.

The Cons
According to Dr. Anne Chapas, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and guest on The Dr. Oz Show, the ultraviolet light used during the gel application process can cause sun damage (and possibly even skin cancer). As for the removal process? The chemicals and scraping can thin nails and potentially cause cuticle infections.

Safety Tips
First, mix in a classic manicure every now and then and get gel manicures in moderation. When you do get one, scope out a salon that uses LEDs instead of ultraviolet lights and have the technician apply sunscreen to your hands prior to application. During removal, rehydrate nails with petroleum jelly.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2013

Mani Monday: Cutting vs. Pushing Back Cuticles

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When I get a manicure, I tend to zone out and let the nail artist work her magic. However, come cuticle-clipping time, I always snap back into focus. Friends tell me that getting your cuticles cut is a no-no, so I decided it’s finally time to do some digging and find out whether cuticle cutting is actually bad for your nail beds.

The quick answer? Yes, cuticle cutting can be potentially harmful. Manicurists cut cuticles to make your manicure look more polished and clean, but according to The Huffington Post, this also increases the risk of inflammation and infection. The cuticle is essentially a barrier that protects the nail from bacteria. Once cut, there isn’t anything to protect your manicured tips from a not-so-fabulous infection.

The solution: pushing back your cuticles. It’s just as effective – without the risk of infection. The best part about going the non-clipper route is that you can even do it yourself. Imagine trying to clip your own cuticles? Yikes. Simply soak your hands in warm water (doing this will soften the cuticles), apply cuticle cream, and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles. Check out this great tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to do a clean, safe manicure at home.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2013

Mani Monday: Pedicure Polishes to Avoid (and Flaunt)

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Let’s face it – toes are weird. And putting a bad polish color on them is, well, just a recipe for disaster. So this summer, before slipping on your favorite sandals, get to know which hues are pedicure-approved and which shades to skip.

Skip Them

French
Yes, a French manicure is classic, but on your toes… not so much. No need to visually elongate your toenails with that white strip of polish.

Textured
Nobody loves a 3D polish more than me, but on your toes it just looks unusual. Can you picture a velvet or caviar pedicure holding up in the sand? Oh, the horror.

The Dirty
Bright polishes can look great, but certain colors are not so fabulous. Steer clear of colors like green and lemon yellow, as they can make your feet look dirty. Same goes for colors like brown and grey. Leave those hues for your fingernails.

Flaunt Them

Christian Dior has a great selection of pedicure-approved colors. My personal favorites are “Riviera” (a pretty salmon hue) and “Plaza” (a bold pink). For the more daring, try a bright blue like butter LONDON’s “Slapper” or essie’s “Mesmerize.”

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2013

Mani Monday: The Modernist Manicure

Forget a single hue. Victoria Shen, graduate of Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and creator of the Modernist Manicure pop-up nail salon, is all about replicating popular 20th-century paintings onto nails. Rothko. Mondrian. Pollock. You name it, Shen does it.

And (drumroll) she does it for free.

Too good to be true? I had to try it and see for myself. When you arrive, you’re welcomed warmly and asked to pick a modernist painting from a catalogue provided. Apparently Piet Mondrian’s paintings are a big hit with Shen’s clientele, but I opted to get Ellsworth Kelly’s “The Meschers” canvassed onto my nails.

The verdict? I adore it, and applaud Shen’s efforts to fuse the worlds of art and beauty. In her own words, “I want to have conversations and give people an art experience that they may not get in an art gallery.”

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To to learn more about Modernist Manicure or book your own appointment, click here. Or try creating your own “Modernist Manicure” at home using a Rothko painting and this ombre manicure tutorial for inspiration.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 15, 2013

Mani Monday: Job Interview–Appropriate Polish

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If you really want to nail a job interview, it’s important to be sure your tips are in top shape. So before extending your hand for a firm handshake, take note of what constitutes an office-appropriate manicure below.

Stay neutral.
Say no to wild patterns and neon hues. You want the interviewer to take notice of your experience and professionalism, not your nails. Colors like O.P.I.’s Bubble Bath or essie’s Jazz make for a polished and sophisticated look – as does a simple French manicure.

Consider your audience.
If you’re applying for a job at an insurance agency or office, neutral nails are the way to go. But if you’re going for a position in a creative field or the fashion industry, try rocking an on-trend hue, like, say, emerald.

Go polish-free with care. 
If you’re planning to forgo polish altogether, make sure your nails are clean. That means whip out your nail file, cuticle clipper, and buffer the night before.

Avoid the “Lady Gaga manicure.”
Just trust us on this one.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 8, 2013

Mani Monday: Nautical Nails

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Beaches, barbecues, and fruity beverages – that pretty much sums up my agenda for the Fourth of July weekend. And this year, I’m letting my fingers get in on all the festive action with this easy-to-recreate nautical manicure. To do it yourself, simply check out the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • Colorful Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens (I used blue for the anchor and red for the nautical steering wheel)
  • Clear top coat

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the white polish and let dry completely.
  2. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create the perfect anchor with the blue nail pen.
  3. For the nautical steering wheel, take the red nail pen and draw a circle in the center of your nail.
  4. Inside of the circle, draw an asterisk (*).
  5. To complete the wheel, add little dashes outside of the circle.
  6. If you want to be extra adventurous, use a gold nail pen to draw a thin curvy line across each finger for a nautical rope.
  7. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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July 1, 2013

Mani Monday: A Musical Manicure

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Put on this upbeat tune and make your nails dance with a few super-easy music notes. If this doesn’t cure your case of the Mondays, nothing will. Just follow these steps.

What You’ll Need:

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of white nail polish and let dry.
  2. Using the black nail pen, draw three straight lines at the base of each nail.
  3. Next, draw two dots diagonally on the top line and again on the middle line for the “music notes.”
  4. With the music note template as a guide, continue to draw different notes on each nail.
  5. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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June 17, 2013