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21 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PAINTING YOUR NAILS! You should know all of these if you want to master doing your nails at home! Don’t miss out on the techniques! ARE ‘MAN’ICURES BECOMING A THING? It is becoming a trend for men to wear nail polishes. Is it acceptable? Why do they wear them? Would you be attracted to those that wear them? Would you date them?
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2. YVES SAINT LAURENT GRIS DECO
3. CHRISTIAN DIOR BLACK JADE
5. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ROUGE
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Top 3 colors you must have this Autumn. Choose which one and buy it today! NUDE CHANEL 559 FRENZY This color matches with any thing and that is why all of the ladies love this color! It is a perfect color for you to have on your nails with your autumn outfit! Who doesnâ€™t want this amazing color? This color is a must-have color this autumn! Get it, and you wonâ€™t regret having this color to your palette!
BLUE DIOR 803 MONTAIGNE This blue is amazing, because it is not too bright or too dark. There are many shades of blue, but this is what you have been looking for! If you ever want to use the right kind of blue, here is one just for you! It is a calm, relaxing color of the deep blue ocean. You can use lighter colors to make accents to your nails!
RED MARC JACOBS JEZEBEL It is really hard to choose the right kind of red that matches well with your fingers and with your clothes. This Marc Jacobs Jezebel is a perfect color for you this autumn! Just by having this color on your nails will increase your stylishness!
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BLACK WHY CHOOSE RED? A classic red—think crimson or cardinal—contrasts with pale skin just enough to leave your hands looking crisp and clean. If you want to go a bit darker, try a rich raspberry or make a statement with a deep cherry red. Just make sure it doesn’t look too close to black against your fair skin.
WHY CHOOSE BLACK? It is old to think that black nail polishes are Gothic! Instead of looking goth, the black nail polish looks grown up and sexy. The black nail polish has been popping up everywhere:recently. There are a lot of pretty girls around town, celebrities at events that wear black nail polishes.
AQUARIUS 1/20 - 2/18
2/19 - 3/20 MARC VEGAS
12/22 - 1/19 NARS DRAGON
11/22 - 12/21 BUTTER ORANGE
3/21 - 4/19 D&G AMETHYSIT
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10/23 - 11/21 JH SALMON
9/23 - 10/22 DEBORAH MUSCLE TONE
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4/20 - 5/19 MT PURPLE
5/20 - 6/20 YSL BLUE STAIN
6/21 - 7/22 S&C BABY BLUE
8/23 - 9/22 ESSIE SNOW
7/23 - 8/22 ZOYA ARM CANDY
21 THINGS YOU
MUST KNOW ABOUT PAINTING YOUR
With these tips, you can nail any mani.
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1. THREE STROKES ARE ALL YOU NEED. As you’re painting your nails, it’s best if you use three strokes to apply the polish. “First, you want to dip the brush into the bottle and get a decent-sized bead of polish at the edge of your brush,” nail pro Simcha Whitehill says. “You want the polish to do the majority of the work and spread out as it’s placed on the nail — the brush is there to just guide the dot of polish into place. Starting at the base of your nail, stroke the brush to the left, to the right, and then down the center.” There you have it!!
the lines, but when you do it with nail polish, you want to be precise in your clean-up technique. Whitehill suggests dipping an old lip brush into nail polish remover and swiping it around your nail bed to clean up the edges. 4. FIND THE RIGHT WHITE. White nail polish couldn’t be cooler than it is right now — it’s a super-mod, must-wear shade. But when you’re choosing a bottle, you want to make sure the formula is thick and creamy, so that it doesn’t go on too sheer or streaky. To make sure it’s opaque, take the brush and wipe it against the inside of the top of the bottle; if the polish is sheer against the inside of the bottle, it’s not pigmented.
2. ALWAYS USE BASE COAT. “It might take you some extra time, but it gives the colored polish something to adhere to, making your manicure last a couple of extra days longer, and it prevents staining on your nails from pigmented paint,” Whitehill explains. Try it out!
5. STAY AWAY FROM QUICK-DRY NAIL POLISH. It is tempting, but stay away! It’s typically dehydrating and can dry out your nails.
REPURPOSE YOUR OLD LIP BRUSH To help tidy up the edges of your nail. We’ve all colored outside of the lines, colored outside of
6. SWIPE ON CUTICLE OIL RELIGIOUSLY. “An instant way to look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon is to use cuticle oil,” Whitehill says.
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“It instantly hydrates them. Then, apply it over your entire nail after you’ve painted your nails. If you accidentally hit them against something, the oil offers some slip, so they’re less likely to nick.” 7. HOLD YOUR HANDS UNDER COLD WATER Holding your hands under cold water or dipping your fingertips into ice water for a bit helps them dry faster. Good tip to know. 8. MAKE YOUR NEON POLISH POP. To get your neon paint to be even brighter, apply a white or an opaque nude shade as your first coat of polish. Neons tend to be sheer, so this helps make them seem thicker. You’ll have cute nails! 9. APPLY THIN — NOT THICK COATS OF POLISH. Make a note! Anytime you’re painting your nails, to get your polish to dry faster, apply three thin coats compared to one or two gloppy layers, because they’ll never dry. 10. KEEP YOUR PAINT IN YOUR FRIDGE. Storing your nail polish in the refrigerator helps the formula to last longer. Especially since heat and sunlight can alter the thickness and color. 11. THIN OUT TOO-THICK NAIL POLISH This happens all the time. “You can pick up nail polish thinner at your local beauty store — a few drops added to your polish that’s too thick is all you need,” she says. 12. NEVER SHAKE YOUR NAIL POLISH. “Instead, roll it back back and forth between your two hands, holding the polish vertically,” Whitehill notes. “This ensures there will be no air bubbles in the lacquer or on your nails as you paint it on.”
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18. GO FOR GLITTER. Everyone loves glitter nail polish. Glitter polish or shimmery nail polish lasts longer on your nails than regular formulas.
13. NEVER CUT YOUR CUTICLES. IT’S A NO-NO. “Your cuticle is like a delicate flower—it’s like a virgin on prom night, so you want to be gentle,” New York City nail pro Simcha Whitehill, who goes by Miss Pop, told me recently. “You should never cut your cuticles, only push them back.” Okay, but why? They always look so much nicer when they’re cut and polished-looking, right? Wrong. “The thin sliver of skin along the bottom of your nail bed serves an important purpose, which is to protect you from infection,” she explained. “Otherwise it’s a point of entry. And when it’s sliced open, because you or some salon tech doesn’t know what he or she is doing with the nippers, the flood gates are immediately opened for bacteria and fungus to get inside and infect you.”
19. USE A COTTON BALL Glitter polish is a bitch to get off of your nail. For that reason, Whitehill suggests soaking a cotton ball in acetone remover, forming the cotton ball over each nail, and then letting it sit on your fingertips for a few minutes. Then, gently apply some pressure and wipe the polish off with the cotton ball. The glitter should slip right off with it.
14. USE NIPPERS WHEN YOU HAVE A HANGNAIL. This is the ONLY time you should be reaching for the cuticle nippers. “Hangnails are inevitable, even if you use moisturizer often, and unfortunately the only way to get rid of them is to trim them away,” she says.
20. ALWAYS USE THREE-FREE POLISH. Formulas labeled as such are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) — ingredients that can raise health concerns if you’re exposed to them over a prolonged period of time — are safer and healthier to be using over the course of your life, she says. Try brands like Essie, Butter London, and Deborah Lippmann to name a few.
15. NEVER SAW YOUR NAILS BACK AND FORTH “Always stroke the file in one direction, otherwise it will tear the tip of your nail and leave it jagged,” Whitehill explains. “Filing them incorrectly can also lead to splitting, peeling, and breaking.”
21. ALWAYS USE A TOP COAT. Don’t forget!! And when you apply it, always swipe the very tip of your nail. That way, when you’re typing and hitting your tips against the keys constantly, you’ll be less likely to get chips.
16. STAY AWAY FROM HOT WATER. “Don’t do your nails and then do the dishes or hop into the shower,” Whitehill says. “Hot water is nail polish’s natural-born enemy — it causes the nail bed to expand, forcing the polish to expand with it, typically causing it to crack in the process.” 17. USE NON-ACETONE NAIL POLISH REMOVER “Non-acetone isn’t as drying to the nail, so if you have a problem with peeling or dry nails, you’ll want to use this formu- la especially when trying to strengthen your nails.
YOU FEEL LIKE A LARGE PART OF YOUR SOUL IS MISSING WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE NAIL POLISH ON.
For those ladies that prefer going to the nail salon! here are some tips for you!
5. TAKE A LOOK AT THE MANICURE AREA. Make sure your manicurist is cleaning and disinfecting after each client. Towels should be replaced; used cotton balls, disposable nail files, and wooden tools should all be thrown out. 6. BE EXTRA CAREFUL Pay attention to this one. Make sure the manicurist washes her hands before getting started and applies an antibacterial spray or gel to yours. She should be using properly sterilized tools — even nail files should be disinfected after each use.
9 Ways to Make Sure
Your Nail Salon Is Safe 1. ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY. Allow yourself some time to look around the salon pre-pedi (even if you’ve been there before). It may seem obvious, but if the salon looks professional, it’s a good indication that it values cleanliness and is more likely to sanitize the equipment. If the trash cans are overflowing or dust is collecting on shelves, you do not want to trust the footbaths and nail clippers.
7. DON’T LET THEM CUT YOUR CUTICLES. Your cuticles provide protection against infection in your nail bed, so have your manicurist gently push them back or just leave them be. Also, if the skin tears it will increase your risk of infection. 8. BRING YOUR OWN MANICURE KIT. Salons will let you bring your own tools (files, manicure brushes, and buffers) and some will even let you leave them in a bag with your name on it until your next appointment. Make sure they are cleaned and sterilized before and after each use, and that the bag is not closed airtight.
2. LOOK FOR A LICENSE. The salon’s license of certification along with each of the nail technician’s should be posted near the entrance where everyone can see them.
4. CHECK OUT THE PEDICURE AREA. The employees should be cleaning and disinfecting the footbaths after each use with hot, soapy water. After which, they should be filled with water again, as well as with disinfectant. The spa should run for at least 10 minutes before being emptied out and wiped clean.
9. GO TO A MED SPA. If you are still concerned about the risk of infection, you should try a med spa. They are overseen by a physician who ensures that the environment, tools, and equipment are cleaned and sterilized properly.
3. SEE HOW THEY STERILIZE THEIR TOOLS. This is important. You do not want to go to a salon that uses UV sterilizer (devices that resemble toaster ovens) because they don’t kill bacteria. They should use liquid disinfectant. Make sure the solution is not cloudy; if so, it needs to be changed. You can also ask if they use test strips to make sure the disinfectant is working.
FEATURE October 2015
ARE ‘MAN’ICURES BECOMING A THING?
Why do they wear them? Are they acceptable?
On Sunday, Brad Pitt showed up at the Palm Springs Film Festival flashing some seriously colorful nail polish. One might assume his fingers are painted because he lives with a brood of six children who may enjoy using their dad’s nail beds as a canvas from time to time. (Don’t you recall Angelina’s wedding veil covered in her kids’ drawings? It’d make sense.) But if my recent observations speak to a larger trend, this MANicure may be more of Brad’s doing than some people might assume. You see, I have come across a lot of dude polish lately. A lot. Over the holidays, a guy I know showed up at the house our group of friends rented with fully painted nails on both hands. They didn’t look like the nails he might have drawn on with a pen in class as an emo ‘90s kid; instead, he had a proper, chip-free, mint green manicure with one black nail on each hand (maybe for nostalgic purposes?). Meanwhile, on this same trip, a girlfriend of mine was looking through a Tinder prospect’s Instagram feed, only to find a photo of him getting a gel manicure in an actual salon. Yes, in a salon. And now Brad!?! Something must be going on here. It’s not that we’ve never seen painted nails before. Sure, on the earlier mentioned ‘90s emo kid, on rockers, and on, umm, Zac Efron. But could this look be hitting the mainstream? Will man polish be the man bun of 2015? It’s a little too early to tell, but the trend sure seems to be picking up steam...
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Why I wear nail polish A teenage girl sat across from me on the tram today. “Excuse me,” she asked, “are you a boy or a girl?” “Boy,” I replied. She leaned back and said, “So why are you wearing nail polish?” I stared at her, taken back by the venom in her voice. “No reason,” I eventually responded. She and her friend shared an ugly look. “Honestly,” I heard as they got up to leave, “a boy who wears nail polish what a queer.” WHAT I DIDN’T TELL HER “Hey,” I didn’t stand up and call after her, “you really want to know why I’m wearing nail polish?” “The first time I wore red nail polish it was smeared on my fingers by a group of laughing kids in a small village in the Andean mountains. I paint it on when I’m feeling sad or lost as a visual reminder of a time that I was happy and fulfilled. It’s a piece of self-identity, and it gets me through hard days.” And said “How dare you try to take that away from me,” I didn’t snarl. TO BREAK RULES AND CHALLENGE POWER She didn’t have a problem with nail polish itself. It was only after I had affirmed my identification as a boy that she verbally punched me to the periphery of acceptable society. By painting my nails red, I had broken a normative rule; I had asked her to recognize my subjectivity and distinct gender expression. She said no. Of course she did. Our society is built on an imbalance of power that makes it far easier to reject the other than to adapt to unfamiliar realities.
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WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH FEMINISM Femininity in boys blurs the black-and-white boundaries of the social order, which is why a 2011 clothing ad featuring a young boy wearing pink nail polish was called blatant transgender child propaganda. It’s seen as a danger to good and proper binarism—a challenge to traditional power structures.
Effeminate boys are viewed as having given up power, because masculine concepts of physical and emotional toughness have largely remained unquestioned as a
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femininity with weakness. By displaying a typically feminine trait, I was seen as abandoning a superior position as a man. As Lori Duron asked: “How come when girls play with gender it’s a sign of strength and when boys play with gender it’s a sign of weakness?”
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boyhood ideal. Somewhere along the line, feminine qualities have become “weaker.” For the girl on the tram, being queer meant being less. “Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short and wear shirts and boots because it’s okay to be a boy; for girls it’s like promotion. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, according to you, because secretly you believe that being a girl is degrading.” — Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden (1978) My polish really didn’t have anything to do with my gender identity, but so what if it did? Why are we so afraid of those who don’t conform to rigid binaries? Why do we consider boys who are effeminate to be “lesser than?”
inkling that I shouldn’t be doing it and they are curious as hell. That’s how societal change begins— by breaking a few rules, teaching a few people that it’s okay to be different. Stand up for those who can’t. Defend equality and all that. Most importantly, be your queer self.
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TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT And, at the end of the day, should any of this really matter? Quite honestly, it’s up to you. The world is a cruel place; there’s brutality and intolerance everywhere you turn. And you know what that means? All we’ve got is each other. The very least we can do is treat each other with respect and acceptance. “AT STAKE HERE IS NOTHING LESS THAN HOW WE MEASURE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, AND HOW MUCH THAT WELLNESS HINGES ON GENDERS THAT COINCIDE WITH NORMATIVE EXPECTATIONS.” — KEN CORBETT
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When I wear nail polish, you know who asks me about it most often? Kids. Most of them already have some
Something we all need to acknowledge: gender norms oppress everyone. Men, women, and possibly a few highly evolved cats (cats are people, too, guys, and they are secretly plotting a take over, just wait for it). Now I get as quickly bored as the next person by all those “But What About The Menz” arguments, and I think that the Men’s Right’s Movement falls somewhere between creationism and Holocaust deniers on the scale of logical arguments. But that doesn’t mean guys don’t face their own unique challenges when it comes to gender expression, and in a recent post on Medium, Jonathan Reed manages to sum this up beautifully. It all started innocently enough with Reed making the choice to wear some red nail polish in public. But for one girl sitting across from him on the train, this choice was more than just a guy’s innocent desire to put some pretty stuff on his fingers, and her violent rejection of this choice clearly upset Reed very profoundly. Recalling the incident later, Reed writes what he should have said to her instead of remaining silent. “Hey,” I didn’t stand up and call after her, “you really want to know why I’m wearing nail polish?”
“The first time I wore red nail polish it was smeared on my fingers by a group of laughing kids in a small village in the Andean mountains. I paint it on when I’m feeling sad or lost as a visual reminder of a time that I was happy and fulfilled. It’s a piece of self-identity, and it gets me through hard days.”
So what’s the solution to the fact that we have basically oppressed women so much that it is actually oppressing men by extension? Well Reed has an idea about that, too: When I wear nail polish, you know who asks me about it most often? Kids. Most of them already have some inkling that I shouldn’t be doing it and they are curious as hell. That’s how societal change begins — by breaking a few rules, teaching a few people that it’s okay to be different.
“How dare you try to take that away from me,” I didn’t snarl. Cheers to that! Because in my book, anyone should be allowed to express themselves however they choose, and screw the gender norms that might be violated in the process. If girls tend to prefer certain things, well so what? That means everybody is bound by the average? That’s like saying that most kids today run more slowly than they used to and so no kids will be allowed to run quickly.
Would you date a guy that wears nail polish?
But Reed delves deeper into the problem, pointing out that women and girls are, by and large, now allowed traditionally masculine modes of expression in ways that are not true for men and boys when it comes to female modes of expression. And why is that? Reed writes that when men and boys try out something “girly,” [it] clashes with patriarchal values, which associate femininity with weakness and inferiority. By displaying a typically feminine trait, I was seen as abandoning a superior position as a man. As Lori Duron asked: “How come when girls play with gender it’s a sign of strength and when boys play with gender it’s a sign of weakness?”
Oh, no way! That’s what I thought when I recently stumbled on a how-to video for men about how, and why, to wear nail polish. We’ve all seen guys who lacquer up on occasion, for reasons that probably have more to do with youthful rebellion than wanting to look their best. But according to this promotional clip for a nail polish line called Alpha Nail, coloring your nails is also a good way to pick up women. I do give the brand props for putting the polish in click-pen dispensers—I’m thinking big man hands aren’t the most dexterous with little brushes and goopy lacquers. But I can’t forgive them for altering the polish names to sound more masculine. Even if you call it nail armor and describe the colors as Concrete, Smoke, or Gasoline, it’s still nail polish.
The answer to that question is, of course, deliberately obvious: because we have assigned femaleness a position of implicit inferiority in all things. Which is ridiculous. When it comes right down to it, what exactly is weak about things like, say, the color pink? Or dresses? Or shampoo that smells like fruit? What exactly is weak about nail polish? It’s a tiny film of color that goes over the now-totally-useless vestiges of claws from our evolutionary ancestors, and if Jonathan Reed or any other guy wants to wear it, they have every right to. Nail polish is about the only useful things human can do with their fingernails.
It’s all way over-the-top for my taste. Women are attracted to guys who take care of themselves, but using a beauty product like this catapults a man into high-maintenance territory. If I have to wait for his polish to dry before we go to dinner, I’m out of there. So, are you attracted to guys that wear nail polish?
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