Monday, December 30, 2013

Easy Ombré Nails How-To

Nail art can be daunting for many of us, but we've found that achieving an ombré effect is surprisingly easy. All you need is two bottles of nail polish and a sponge eyeshadow applicator. We used Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vamp and Black Satin, which is a great color combo for winter. Start by painting all of your nails in the color that you want to appear at the bottom of your ombré look. So in this case, we painted on a full coat of Vamp, and then allowed it to dry completely. Once dry, brush the darker polish onto just the tips. While still wet, use the sponge eyeshadow applicator to blend the color downward, creating an ombré effect. Do this slowly and gently! Finish with a clear top coat. 

For a more festive look, try a swipe of sheer, glittery nail polish on top of just the darker shade you chose for the tips. We love Essie's Set in Stone, which we have previously blogged about (here).

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chanel Double Dipped Nail Tips

Nail art is more prevalent than ever on runways, so we thought we'd get a little experimental with ours. The inspiration: Chanel's classic cap-toed, two toned ballet flat. The polish: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige, Black Satin, and Particuliere. We opted for double dipped tips, which are more interesting than a single strip of color at the tip of the nails. With a nude base, the result is classic and clean. The black tips keep the look from being too sweet. To start, you need three colors - a light, a medium, and a dark shade. Here, two coats of Beige were used for the base. Next, a swipe of Particuliere was painted across the end of the nails, mimicking the nail shape. Finally, a skinny sweep of Black Satin was added to the tips. It helps to have a steady hand if you're going to try this on yourself. Otherwise, let someone else do it for you!

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