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Halloween Nail Art from Illamasqua

Illamasqua US Nail Art Ambassador Fleury Rose created three easy DIY nail art designs to get your talons ready for the most creative holiday there is. Featuring Illamasqua’s highly pigmented, long-wearing Nail Varnishes, these designs will have you counting down the days to October 31st one perfectly manicured finger at a time.

Evil Eye
Illamasqua products used: Nail Varnish in Scorn, Scorch and Serenity (top coat optional)
Tools needed- Dotting tool, tooth pick
1. After applying base coat, paint nails with two coats of Scorn black matte polish. Allow nails to dry for 3-5 minutes
2. Pour out a small amount of scorch onto tin foil. Dip the large end of a dotting tool into white polish and dot onto nail. Repeat step 3 times on each nail.
(Pro tip: if polish gets stringy, pour a fresh puddle of Scorn onto foil and continue process.) Allow white dots to dry 3-5 minutes.
3. Pour a small puddle of Serenity onto foil. With the small end of a dotting tool dip into rubber blue polish and dot in the very center of each white circle. Repeat on each nail. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes
4. Dip the point of a tooth pick into Scorn and gently dot a tiny black point into the center of each eye.
5. After drying add optional top coat for a shiny finish, or stay matte.

Vampire’s Kiss
Illamasqua products used: Nail Varnish in Aorta and Boosh, Precision ink in Scribe
Tools needed- small brush
1. After applying Base coat, paint nails with two coats of Aorta and let dry 3-5 minutes
2. Dip small brush in Boosh, and paint a tiny triangle at the top of the nail. This will create the bow of the lips.
3. Next, paint an oval shape in the center of the red nail to create the opening of the mouth.
4. Allow to dry for 5 minutes (Pro tip: Allowing polish to dry before drawing on nail is very important, or you may smudge the whole thing and ruin your design!)
5. Draw on fangs and lip highlight with Precision ink in Scribe. Precision ink can be layered over its-self to create desired opacity of white.
6. Allow precision ink to dry 3-5 minutes and apply Top Coat.

Witching Hour
Illamasqua products used: Nail Varnish in Phallic, DWS, Scorch and Blow
Tools needed- Small brush, disposable makeup sponge
1. After applying Base Coat, Apply one thick coat of Phallic. (Pro tip: Do not worry about getting this layer completely even, it will add dimension to the sky we are creating!)
2. Allow this layer to dry 3-5 minutes. Dip the small brush in Blow and create a tiny crescent moon. Next dot on very tiny stars with the tip of the brush.
3. Allow to dry at least 5 minutes.
4. Pour out a small puddle of Scorch, then a small puddle of DWS next to it so they are touching.
5. Dip the corner of your makeup sponge into the polish so you get a little of each color on the sponge. Gently dab on clouds.
6. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes, and apply Top Coat.

MUD’s Halloween Makeup Tips – Queen Ravenna!

Ahh, Halloween…a modern-day excuse to dress like your favorite alter ego. Compliment your doppelgänger this season with standout make-up looks that are fabulously monstrous, dramatic and scary…in a good way.

Although vampires and zombies are always trending, impersonate some fresh characters inspired from this year’s hottest movies. Sean Conklin, lead make-up artist at Make-up Designory (MUD) provides expert tips that’ll leave you looking like a striking queen not a repulsive maiden.

Queen Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman -

The fairest one of all! Recreate her enchanted look here with these easy steps:

Face: For longer-lasting make-up, evenly apply MUD’s Face Primer with a sponge or Brush 940. Next, sweep the HD Air Foundation on the entire face with a sponge or Brush 940 for an ageless appearance. To reduce the reflection on the skin, lightly dust the Loose Powder with the 510 Fan Brush.

Eyes: Queen Ravenna’s eye treatment is soft and subtle. To achieve a rich, long-lasting brow suitable for a queen, transfer the Taupe Eye Pencil onto Brush 210. Follow the natural direction of the hair to fill in the brow. To recreate the soft smoky eye, use the Taupe Eye Color with Brush 810 to completely fill in the top lid and on the outer corner of the lower lash line. Blend the hard edge with Brush 800 and drag the color outward in a wing like upward fashion. Be sure not to droop the outer corner down. Blend the lower lash line with Brush 800 to finish the smoky look. For definition, follow the upper lash line with the Black Cake Liner and Brush 100. Finish with a couple coats of Volumizing Mascara.

Cheeks: Use the Soft Peach Cheek Color to give the illusion of a softer appearance and an overall glow. With Brush 510, apply from the hairline and dust a light application downward to magically soften the shape. Next, lightly dust on the apples of the cheeks.

Lips: To complete the soft, subtle, bewitching recreation of Queen Ravenna, conjure a mixture of Rose Clay and Just Peachy Lipstick. Apply to the lips with Brush 310 and you’ll be appointed fairest one of all.

You can find all the products used to create your own Queen Ravenna look at www.mudshop.com.

Clairol Professional’s Summer Hair Color Handbook‏

Clairol Professional Colorist Nico of NYC’s Mizu Salon provides his must-know tips to get you and your readers hair color ready for summer. From hair color application methods to maintenance and protection techniques, he’s got you covered.

Have any questions or would like to interview Nico, please let me know!

Tip #1: “Before spending a day in the sun, slick hair back with a leave-in conditioner that contains SPF. This will protect the hair while intensely nourishing it.”

Tip #2: “Products with low pH levels- between 4.5 and 5.5- are safe for your hair color. Anything with a higher pH will strip your color.”

Tip #3: “If you’re a blonde and don’t have time or money to visit the salon every 4-6 weeks, use Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are great for preventing brassy tones and maintaining vibrancy in even the palest of blondes.” (Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights, $8.99, clairolpro.com)

Tip #4: “A big trend we’re seeing this summer is dipped ends in fun, bright colors. If your ends are already light and you want to add a pop of pink, blue, etc., dip them in a semi-permanent color like Clairol Professional Jazzing for a bright hue without the damage.” (Clairol Professional Jazzing, $5.99, clairolpro.com)

Tip #5: “Shampoo less or try a dry shampoo to keep your color looking radiant for longer!”

Tip #6: “To maintain bright blonde locks during the summer, anticipate the effects of sun, saltwater and chlorine on your hair. Consider getting a gloss treatment post-color service for a protective shell. This gloss will be first the first layer to wear down, which will keep your hue intact for longer.”

Tip #7: “To protect your hair color from pool and salt water damage, rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the water.”

Tip #8: “One of my favorite products to protect radiant color and to enhance your hair’s health is a color safe leave-in conditioner. What works for you may not work for your best friend, but there is a great color safe product out there for everyone with color treated hair.”


7 Tips for Flip-Flop & Fabulous Feet!

Shedding your shoes for the summer is so liberating! Yet, it comes with the risk of exposing your toes and feet to hot and potentially harmful elements. Renowned podiatrist Dr. Alphonse Tribuiani, co-inventor of Deep Cover Nail System™ (www.DeepCoverSystems.com), the world’s first high-fashioned nail polish designed to prevent, treat, and heal unsightly finger and toe nail fungus, shares his top 7 tips for keeping your feet in tip-top and healthy shape all through the summer:

7 Tips for Flip-Flop & Fabulous Feet!

Tip 1: Protect bare feet or exposed feet and toes with a minimum SPF 50 (yes, 50) moisturizing sunscreen with vitamin A and E;

Tip 2: Pumice your soles with exfoliating creams. Avoid stones and graters—they are breeding grounds for fungus;

Tip 3: BYOP (Bring Your Own Polish) to nail salons and spas. (Sharing bottles = infections);

Tip 4: If you’ve gotta wear super-skimpy sandals, choose ones with better support and balance for your feet;

Tip 5: If you want callous-free feet, don’t walk barefoot! (Insert cushions into shoes, too.);

Tip 6: Cut toenails straight across, not rounded. Rounded nails are entryways to infections; and

Tip 7: Always use foot powder, even when wearing socks! (After removing socks, don’t forget to free your feet and toes of all sock lint.)

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