The Perfect Angled Manicure

With spring weather finally starting to make it's appearance, I went on a nail frenzy (meaning I painted my nails three times over the past two weeks).

Today, I tried out something different: an angled manicure. 

I was inspired by The Beauty Department's Gold Leaf manicure and would've done it, but being a first-year college student with lack of craft supplies, I made it work with my nail polish. 

All you need are two of your favorite nail polishes. It's more fun if you choose contrasting colors (try color-blocking with pink and orange or blue and green!) or a metallic and a light polish.

I used essie nail polish in chinchilly and Revlon Top Speed in Metallic 860.

 

STEPS:

  1. Use your favorite base coat before you paint your nails! Super important to keep your nails looking beautiful. Also, if you have a buffing block, buff your nails! If not, I suggest you get one because they are wonderful for smoothing and shaping your nails. Check out this one from Sephora.
  2. Choose the polish that will be your base and paint two coats.
  3. Take whatever color you choose to angle your nails with. On your left hand, the angles will be going from bottom left to top right. On your right, angles go from bottom right to top left. 
  4. Angle your brush and just swipe it from the middle of the length of your nail to around the middle of the tip of your nail.
  5. Finish with a top coat and voila, the perfect angled manicure!

 

Enjoy your spring days with beautiful nails!

xoxo, Leila

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Saturday Faves: Nail Polish

Don't you love when you take a glance down at your toes and see such a beautiful color painted on them? I am obsessed with nail polish and it takes a lot for me to refrain from buying each and every color I find.

This week, I'd like to introduce you to my current favorite: O.P.I. in Comet Loves Cupid.

O.P.I. nail polish in Comet Loves Cupid

I love all of O.P.I.'s nail polish but this one is just perfect at the moment.

It's a beautiful cherry red that's bright and sexy - perfect to pep up your toes for the upcoming spring weather (or to feel a little brighter in this currently dreary weather)!

What's your favorite color for your toes?

 

xo, Leila

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Pastel Nails – A Spring Must

The spring 2012 runways were filled with pastel colors - blues, green, pinks, oranges ... I think you get the idea. This is my favorite

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Nail Polish

trend because absolutely anyone can work pastels. They work with many colors and keep you looking springy, which is obviously how you want to look during the spring time. And because I love pastels and absolutely love painting my nails, here's my favorite pastel nail color this spring.

 

The color is from the Love & Beauty collection at Forever 21 - Aqua Blue. I'm not really a fan of the nail polish from Forever 21 just because they can be really thin and chunky, but this color I picked up goes on perfectly. And for $2.80, who could really resist?

So dress up your nails this spring with a pastel shade like this these many shades from Sephora by O.P.I. or this pastel essie nail polish in bangle jangle from Drugstore.com.

What's your favorite pastel shade for your nails?

 

xo, Leila

ToW #6: Half-Moon Spring Nail Trend

All over the Spring 2011 Runway, the inverse french nail manicure has proved to be a lasting spring trend as it's everyone on the runway.

So here's a step-by-step tutorial for the half-moon manicure as it's definitely a hot trend to try this spring.

Falling in love with the manicure itself, I decided to try it out with a silver moon at the base of the nail and a navy color for the rest. I'm happy to say that I'm completely satisfied with my nails and I do think they look really classy.

It's actually an extremely easy manicure to do yourself. If you have hole reinforcements, they'll help immensely with making the half-moon at the base of the nail.


So as a DIY:

1. After painting a base coat, choose a color that you would like to be your half-moon. Whites, silvers, grays, or any neutral will work perfectly. Paint your entire nail with this color.
2. Let the color completely dry then take your hole reinforcements and stick them to the bottom of the nail, creating an arch that will be your half-moon.
3. Take your second color, a complement to the one you chose as your half-moon, and paint the rest of the nail.
4. After it has dried, peel the reinforcements off slowly and polish a top coat over.

Photo: Joey D'Arco for StyleCaster