Tuesday, August 12, 2014

One Shade Wonders: Simple, Stunning Mono-Manicures

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
I’m more of a nail polish kind of girl than anything else. I love lip colours, but they’re just so hard to carry well, y’know? Nail colours are way easier to play with, and there’s no need for re-application after meals.
But one can never indulge as often as she likes in intricate manicures, because a) nail art is freaking expensive in salons and b) my skills leave much to be desired.
So, I usually end up with a solid-coloured manicure that’s easy (for both hands! Woohoo) and quick. And who says they’re boring? There are so many ways to rock the look – go for the same shade throughout, or add a statement nail in a contrasting colour. Feeling creative? Use a different colour on every nail!
You save so much $$ in the long run if you do your nails yourself. I’ve paid RM10 extra on top of the existing manicure price just to have someone doll up my nails in alternating colours without nail art, and to be honest I could have done a much better job at home. I’ve felt the pinch, but you don’t have to!!
Be a smart and sassy consumer! Never feel inclined to pay for something that you feel is not worth your hard-earned cash.

Pastel Punch
Pastels are not for girly girls who like Hello Kitty and frilly stuff. Not if they’re done correctly. Instead of a baby pink manicure, choose interesting pastel shades like baby blue, lilac, mint green or even peach. We’re really feeling Game of Thrones star Maisie William’s pastel blue manicure – it’s cute without being overly so.
As seen on:
Chloe Grace Moretz
10th Anniversary Of Teen Vogue And Aeropostale's Celebration Of Chloe Grace Moretz's Sweet 16 At Aeropostale Times Square February 7, 2013 In NYC

Maisie Williams

Tropical Thunder
Time to get summer-ready with these happy-coloured nails. Choose sheer textures like Barbara Palvin’s juicy tangerine manicure, or go matte like Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Also try other tropical shades like azure blue, flamingo pink and bright green, but veer away from shimmery finishes as they can seem a tad too ‘dressy’.
As seen on:
Barbara Palvin

Aishwarya Rai
aishwarya rai

In the Nude
The perfect shade of nude nail polish should be one or two tones lighter or darker than your own skin colour. Lighter nudes look better on short, square nails whereas darker nudes fare better with slightly longer oval shapes. For nude tones, always go with opaque textures without shimmer in them, and finish with a high-gloss topcoap for maximum impact.
As seen on:
Eva Mendes

Jennifer Garner
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

White Out
The full-white manicure isn’t easy to achieve, but when it’s done right, it can be really classy. Light opaque colours require more skill during application so that they don’t appear streaky, so practice makes perfect. It goes both ways, really – highstreet ala Miley with long square nails, or red-carpet ready like JLaw with short squovals.
As seen on:
Miley Cyrus

Jennifer Lawrence
Red Carpet inspired Prom Nail Designs

Mad about Metallics
For beginners, here’s the best place to start experimenting with DIY manicures. You can’t go wrong with metallic shades, because any mistakes are automatically rendered invisible. There’s no wrong or right technique for metallic or glitter-infused polishes, because every coat delivers a different effect, so they best way to enjoy this is to not stress out over the minute details.
As seen on:
Selena Gomez


Move over, reds – oxblood, the cooler (and more fashion-forward) sister is here. This dark reddish-brown shade has celebrities going ga-ga over it, especially during the end of last year when virtually everyone sported the oxblood lip at events. As oxblood lips can be a little hard to achieve on normal days, why not go for the same shade on your nails instead? After all, VB wears it, so it’s legitimately a fashion colour.
As seen on:
Cara Delevingne

Victoria Beckham

Neon Magic
Be loud and proud! If you have a larger-than-life personality, match your nails with an unabashedly in-your-face shade that says you’re not afraid to stand out. Fluorescent nail colours are great for the weekend (bonus points if it glows in the dark!). One word of caution, though: keep it quirky (not tacky) with matte finishes and stay away from high-shine topcoats.
As seen on:
Katy Perry

Rita Ora

Now, get crackin’ because it’s time for a new manicure, courtesy of yourself, of course!

(Images: Driu + Tiago for Amica, pinterest.com, kissandmakeup.tv, stylebistro.com, aceshowbiz.com, fruitybeauty.com.au, glamour.com, stealherstyle.net, inspirationail.com, primped.ninemsn.com.au, beautystat.com, huffpost.com)

1 comment:

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