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Today’s New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2015) beauty look is inspired by the Creatures of the Wind show. Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, created this insanely-simple-to-replicate silver nail that was inspired by a mirage. It’s essentially a deconstructed manicure. Fantastic in all of its imperfections. She did that intentionally to prevent the sparkly silver nail color from looking “too costume-y”. I recreated it because it’s pretty much the ideal style of manicure or nail art for my busy lifestyle. I did this look in about three minutes. No joke. Here’s how to get the look: (more…)
It’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.
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?
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.
Many 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:
Step 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.
Step 6: Add a clear top coat for protection and shine.
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?
The annual Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art brought out some of the best (and worst) in beauty. Not sure what Miley Cyrus was thinking, but at least she stayed true to the punk theme. But, the deep burgundy lips, bold hair color streaks and nail looks were so worth copying.
Take Emmy Rossum’s lace nail art. So fun and actually easy to copy. Katie Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, created the look using scraps of lace and crystals from the dress Donna Karan designed and Rossum wore. Here’s how to recreate it:
Step 1: Apply your favorite base coat.
Step 2: Swipe on two coats of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy, $15.
Step 3: Apply one coat of a quick dry top coat like Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat, $19.
Step 4: Gently press small pieces of lace on top of your wet polish.
Step 5: Let your nails fully dry.
Step 6: Use nail glue to secure crystals in a random pattern on top of each nail to create a look that’s “both delicate and edgy,” says Hughes.
People have a strong reaction to Gwyneth Paltrow and especially Goop. I for one love her and the fabulous — if not all that accessible — products and tips she shills on goop.com. However, lovers and haters should be in full agreement when they see the exclusive colors Butter London created for Goop, $36. They are fabulous. A collection of three holiday-perfect nail shades that covers the spectrum for all you would want in a winter nail polish: Hampstead Heath, a rich deep green and gold sparkle; Abso-bloody-lutley, a cherry opaque red; and Bread & Butter Pudding, a sheer ivory cream. I’m personally going for the cream for Thanksgiving, the red for the many holiday parties I have and the green for New Years. If this is your cup of tea, better hurry because it’s only a limited edition and it won’t last!
Most guys I know wouldn’t be caught dead getting their nails done at a spa. But buffed and filed nails look really nice on a man — especially compared to the dirty, scraggly nails I spot on some guys. Nails and cuticles get dry when guys do things like pull their hands in and out of their jeans, like my husband does a thousand times a day. And that’s just the least of it. As the weather cools, it’s a good time to suggest a little hand grooming to keep them looking healthy. Backstage at the J. Lindeberg spring 2013 show, the male models had their hands quickly, and magically transformed by Katie Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London. She offered a few quick tricks you can suggest to your guy:
Tip 1: Cut nails short and mimic the shape of his cuticle line — that will make them look natural. Then have him buff the free edge to take away roughness and hard edges.
Tip 2: Don’t touch the cuticle. “The more cuticles are cut, the thicker they grow back,” says Hughes, so your man should avoid messing with them if he can. If the cuticle bothers him, Hughes recommends just gently pushing them back with his thumb nail.
Tip 3: Moisturize. Hook him up with a cuticle oil, like Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil, $18 to use around the nail bed as a moisturizer when hands and cuticles are dry, suggests Hughes. It’s a good habit to apply right before bed to make sure nails look nice and supple by morning.
Does the guy in your life get manicures?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
If I were to predict a beauty trend that’ll come out of the Spring/Summer 2013 New York Fashion Week shows today (which is a bit early), it would be out-of-this-world-looking nail art. Earlier this week Carrie posted about the “Galaxy Glam” manicure seen at the Nicole Miller show and today I’m here to rave about the “Bespoke Cosmic Nail” seen at Veda. Katie Hughes, Global Colour Ambassador of Butter London, created this graphic, holographic manicure to complement the tie-dye pieces in the collection. Here’s how to copy it:
Step 1: Apply a base coat and two coats of olive nail polish on all but one of your fingernails. Try Butter London 3-Free Lacquer in Sloane Ranger, $14.
Step 2: Paint your remaining nail (the accent nail) with two coats of mauve nail polish. Try Butter London 3-Free Lacquer in Toff, $14.
Step 4: Top all of your nails with a glittery top coat that has very fine flecks of glitter. Try Butter London 3-Free Lacquer in Knackered, $14.
Step 5: Using black nail polish, paint a stripe down the middle of your nail starting a quarter of the way up your nail. Let your polish dry for a few minutes and finish with a top coat.
What do think? Will you try it?
— Kristen Oldham Giordani
With the Olympics starting today (USA, USA, USA!!!), I can’t help but wish I were in London cheering on our athletes. For those of you who are lucky enough to be there, be sure to stock up on the very best beauty the UK has to offer. Here are our top picks of the most iconic brands — lucky for you, they are all available stateside. Cherrio!
Molton Brown: A totally sensory bath experience, this English company produces the most beautifully fragrant products that are so pretty you just want to keep them on your vanity for looks — until you smell them and then you’re addicted and use them up immediately. With a luxurious lather and exotic fragrances, you’ll want to try them all. Check out their limited edition Global Heroes Collection, $45, a travel-sized shower gel set, so you can.
Jo Malone of London: Timeless and elegant, with a cheeky side too, the fragrances developed a cult following because of their simplicity — distinctly British qualities, no? Try the unisex Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne, $55 (30ml). With hints of fresh lime and zesty mandarin undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme it makes an alluring blend.
Rimmel London: Not only on the cutting edge of fashion, Rimmel London is known for their edgy colors and especially their dramatic mascara formulations. With Kate Moss as the face of the brand what could be more cool? Check out their homage to their UK heritage with Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow, $6, and new Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick, $5.
Burberry Beauty: With English beauties in mind, this a comprehensive collection of foundations, powders, bronzers, lipsticks and eye shadows that aims to give a natural, just-a-trace-of-makeup look. They are packaged in iconic Burberry plaid, which is adorable to boot. Try Lip Cover in Rosewood, $30.
Illamasqua: This UK-based richly pigmented color cosmetics line that promises “make-up for your alter ego,” has a big following among the beauty-insider set. These bold colors are perfect for a big night out. Try their Cream Pigment in Mould, $24 to wear alone or under your powder shadow.
Butter London: With a high-fashion pedigree, this nail enamel brand makes the most of-the-moment shades and all their lacquers 3 free (made without Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). Environmentally conscious and fashion forward is our kind of polish. Try Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Macbeth, $14, for a perfect summer watermelon shade.
What are your favorite British Brands?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner