Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘nail art’

Nailed It!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The trend that has taken the world by storm, nail art is everywhere you look and we are all getting involved. Nails have taken over the beauty world and the shoe box we keep our nail varnish in is overflowing with every varnish variation that appears on the shelves. Whether its gel, neon, glitter or metallic the options are growing so fast, deciding which one to choose is becoming a near on impossible decision. Us girls (and some of the guys) at OFFICE HQ love everything to do with nails and wanted to share some tips we have learnt for beautifully preened nails this summer.

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First step is to decide on a shape, it’s not just round or square these days, a 50’s style sharp point which is called stiletto, also one of our favourite things!

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Next is the polish and tools needed to create some works of art. Our favourite brands are Models Own; Nails Inc; Barry M; Essie and OPI for every colour under the sun. Color Club for unicorn style holographic polish and Revlon Parfumerie collection for dreamy scented nails. You can also get some great tools from Topshop MakeUp with all the bits you need to create summer ready nails.

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You can get your hands on some great nail art books like Wah Nails and Nail Candy, available on Amazon, for some great on trend ideas.

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Nail delights have taken over Instagram and nail goddesses @wahnails are your go to girls for the latest look.

http://www.wah-nails.com/

A great Tumblr is the Illustrated Nail for high fashion styles and The Nailasaurus blog has a great list of tutorials to get you started.

http://theillustratednail.tumblr.com/

http://www.thenailasaurus.com/p/nail-art-tutorials.html

 

We have selected some of our favourite video tutorials from the web, so get practising on yourself and all your friends.

Marble Nails   (https://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish)

Palm Tree Nails   (https://www.youtube.com/user/SimpleNailArtDesigns)

Pastel Penguins  (https://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish)

 

Images Sourced: Hannah Fivian on Pinterest; www.1manucure.com; www.modelsownit.com; www.unnakednails.com;

www.juliebrown.co.uk; www.rialovespawlish.com; http://www.amazon.co.uk/

 

 

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Festive make-up trends

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

 

We’re in the thick of Christmas party season and if you really want to stand out from the crowd it’s all about ramping up the glamour with some statement makeup.

We take a look at the top trends we’ll be modelling in the coming weeks.

 

Berry red lips

Red is synonymous with Christmas and you should certainly be rocking the shade on your lips over the festive season. To ensure you stay mistletoe-ready for longer, opt for a matte lipstick and add a slick of gloss over the top.

Remember, if you’re opting for red lips, keep the rest of your makeup neutral so your pout really pops.

Office - Red Lips

 

Glamorous glitter

Tis the season to embrace sparkle. After all, when else can you get away with wearing full-on glitter?

Glitter works best on the eyes, especially when teamed with metallic shades. Use a darker eye shadow in a gunmetal grey on the lids and then add a lighter silvery shade to the inner corners. Finish off with a sweep of sparkling eyeliner.

 

Christmas glow

No one’s going to believe you’ve got a tan in December, so opt for a natural festive glow instead. Use a shimmery highlighter on the apples of your cheeks to give you a radiant glow. A sweep of gold on the areas of your face which usually catch the light; your forehead, nose and cheekbones will make you shine like a star.

 

Festive fingers

Don’t forget to add the finishing touches to your Christmas party look. Why not treat yourself to a manicure to see you through the festive season? You can match your nail colour to your lips and opt for a berry red, or choose a metallic shade which will complement all your Christmas outfits.

 

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