continuing on the texture trend, i’m tackling an easy and achievable nail art look. i love painting my nails as much as the next gal, but not everyone has the time or talent to work out a detailed design. texture is a piece of cake to achieve thanks to all of the amazing advancements in versatile products and handy tools like Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs. best of all for me, it takes no skill at all.
here’s how i got a rich berry manicure with a lilac caviar accent nail, including the essential steps of moisturizing skin and precision polishing with Suave® and Q-tips®:
i gave myself a mini hand massage while moisturizing with Suave® Skin Solutions Advanced Therapy Body Lotion. these lotions are light enough to absorb into my skin quickly (i hate waiting for lotion to dry!), but still keep me moisturized for up to 24 hours. they are definitely hydrating enough to tackle the dry skin that comes along with the rapidly disappearing virginia humidity. (hello fall!)
after removing the oils from the surface of my nails with a Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab dipped in polish remover, i painted on two coats of one of my favorite fall shades – an opaque, magenta pink shimmer. the shade is mature, but still fun and since my nails are my most favorite accessory, the right color choice is everything.
once my ring finger was painted, i immediately poured the lilac and silver pearls over top, completely covering my entire nail. i took a second to press the tiny balls into my nail so that they would set properly and then i used another Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab to clean up the shape.
after the pearls were safely in place, i layered a second coat of the berry lacquer on to my other four nails. my hands are less than steady (as we know) so a Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab came in handy again to clean up the wobbly edges and give me that precise painted nail.
i loved the sophisticated, girly tones in this one. normally I see caviar poured over a nail color that’s the exact same shade or at least in the same family, so going for contrast was a definite twist. the trick to getting caviar just right is pouring the beads on when the polish is wet and then compacting the beads with your finger to get them to stick. you have to paint one nail, then apply caviar, paint a second nail, then apply caviar. it’s a bit tedious and it makes a mess, but the finished effect is edgy and fun!
this post was created in connection with my appointment as an Influencer for Suave® and Q-Tips®. visit www.facebook.com/SuaveBeauty for the chance to win Suave® Skin Solutions Body Lotions and Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs or $500 for the ultimate day of beauty and style.
all photos by kate headley.