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

Mani Monday: Sneaker Nails

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Spring is upon us and we can’t let our feet have all the fun. Dazzle your tips with this DIY sneaker manicure – just follow the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored nail polish (I used SEPHORA by OPI’s “Metro Chic”)
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen, in both white and black
  • Clear top coat

 

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the colored polish and let dry completely.
  2. Using the white nail pen, paint the tips of the nails (like a thick French manicure).
  3. Make the lace holes by placing eight dots on each nail with the black nail pen.
  4. Line the nail tips with the black nail pen to create the look of a Converse sneaker.
  5. With the white pen, connect the dots with diagonal lines to make the laces.
  6. Finish with a clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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May 6, 2013

Mani Monday: Talon Nails

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To achieve on-trend pointy nails – as seen on Lady Gaga and Rihanna – without actually getting the clippers out, check out the DIY illusion manicure below (it also makes for a great April Fools’ trick).

What You’ll Need:

  • Two nail colors – one neutral, one bright (I used Sally Hansen’s “Nude Now” and OPI’s “Dutch Tulips”)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the neutral color.
  2. Apply a clear top coat and let dry completely.
  3. Cut semi-thin pieces of tape and place two strips on each nail, forming an open triangle.
  4. Using the bright polish, paint the inside of the triangle and let dry completely.
  5. Gently peel the tape off the right side, followed by the left. Doing this will help prevent smudging.
  6. Finish with another application of the clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 1, 2013

Mani Monday: The Lace Manicure

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From girl crush Blake Lively to the models of Houghton, lace nails are the latest mani must-have. So I, of course, just had to try it out. To achieve your own lacy nails, follow the simple steps below:

What You’ll Need:

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of polish, then let dry.
  2. Measure and cut 10 pieces of lace, one to to fit each nail.
  3. Apply Sally Hansen’s “Dries Instantly” Top Coat.
  4. Immediately place the trimmed lace onto each nail.
  5. Use a toothpick to smooth out the corners and edges of the lace.
  6. Apply Sally Hansen’s “Hard as Nails” to keep the lace in place (pardon the rhyme).

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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March 18, 2013