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Seeing Spots: Nail Art Look You Can Do in Seconds

nail art: spotsIt’s not just the hair, makeup and nail looks that strut their way down the runway at New York Fashion Week that have us running home to copy them. When we spotted Butter London global color ambassador Katie Jane Hughes backstage at the Lela Rose show, we were immediately obsessed with her super minimalist nail art. I’ve mentioned that simple, elegant nail art is an emerging trend, and this is a seriously perfect example of it. My sister Sam (BEOC’s newest trend guinea pig) was equally as into this look and tried it last night. She simply applied a clear base coat, created a black dot at the lower center of her nail using China Glaze in Liquid Leather, $7.50 and a toothpick (use a dotting tool like the Butter London one pictured for more perfect dots), and finished the look with top coat (Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat, $3.19). That’s it. Chic, yet a little fun and unexpected.

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The Next Big Trend in Nail Art is …


I caught up with Butter London’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, backstage at New York Fashion Week and she confidently stated that nude nails with really minimal nail art are going to become the next big nail trend. “It’s going to be huge,” she said about the trend before recommending looks like the one pictured on her right hand Lela Rose show. It was the look for the show. Another style she suggested trying: nude nails with floating white polka dots. “It’s so chic,” she adds.

What she (and I!) both love about this trend is how easy it is to do on your own nails. “There’s no base color, so drying time is faster and if you mess up you can easily clean up around the edges,” says Hughes.

Will you try this look?


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Which Nail Design is More Fabulous? You Decide…

New York Fashion Week kicks off today! That means fresh trends to look forward to in spring/summer 2014 and a whole lotta tips, tricks and amazing artistry from the pros backstage.

Want to get in on the party? You can. Butter London and Katie Jane Hughes, global colour ambassador, are asking the masses (ahem, you and me) what nail look should make its way onto the Nicole Miller catwalk this Friday at 6:00pm. Check out the looks below and make your way over to Nicole Miller’s Facebook page to vote. You’ll get a chance to win a $100 gift card for NicoleMiller.com if you do. Bonus.







Go vote! and look forward to more posts about New York Fashion Week as we get all the scoop from backstage.

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The Do-It-Yourself Pedicure For Gals Who Are Terrible At Do-It-Yourself Pedicures

carrie-pedicure-finishedMany years ago, I picked up a practically fool-proof trick to polishing toes yourself that gives a completely professional look. Instead of spending time painting your toes perfectly, stroke-by-stroke, try this:

carrie-messy-pedicureStep 1: I know it looks gory, but trust me, it works! Take your polish and slather it all over your nail, and around the outside in one thick goop. Yes, that’s right, go outside the lines. This ensures that all the edges are covered.

Step 2: Add a second coat to get full color saturation. But skip the top coat (you can add that later).

Step 3: Let the polish dry completely. This works best with fully dry polish so I recommend letting it set overnight.

Step 4: In the morning or the next day, take a warm bath and soak feet in the hot water to soften the polish on the skin so it comes off easily.

carrie-removing-excess-polishStep 5: Take an orange nail stick and trace the shape of the nail, peeling off the polish on the skin.

Step 6: Add a clear top coat for protection and shine.

carrie-finished-pedicureWhat’s left is a perfectly pedicured nail. Voilá!

A quick word of caution, in my experience, this works best with dark or bright shades, so steer clear of nude and soft pinks.

Do you give yourself a pedicure?

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