What should your nails look like in 2019?
Jun21

What should your nails look like in 2019?

Are you keeping up with the nail art trends? While the pressure applied by society to keep up with it is not always a good feeling, keeping up with how to look as good as others around you is definitely something you can invest time and think on. While aligning your behaviour and opinions to what others subscribe to is not always the wise thing to do, keeping track of changing fashion trends is fun, engaging and healthy. Trying them out and being appreciated even more so! So take the plain shades out of your nails and dig them into what’s trending in nail art this year. Here are some curated nail art trends to start off with. Fisthtail Nails This trending nail art looks like you spent a lot of time on it. It looks like you used tapes and masks and a lot of drying time in between. Not so. All you have to do is decide on a base coat, apply it, and dry it. Now three more shades, imagine you are making a simple plait, and make the strokes on each nail accordingly and in order. Voila. Intricate and colourful nail art. Simply done. CD nails This trending nail art design mimics the holographic look that is characteristic of CDs. In a way this is retro. And it also is ultramodern in its application. In order to achieve this, apply a transparent base coat on your nails. Then paint the crescent tips of each nail a deep blue. Once it all dries, apply longitudinal streaks of a mix of light blue and white to mimic the shine. Finish off with a transparent top coat. Jelly nails This trending nail art makes your nails look like jelly and are promising to be the rage this year. To add to the trendiest jelly handbags, jelly shoes and jelly scrunchies. Achieving them is again fairly simple. First, enhance your nails by sculpting tips onto them in your desired shape with a nail gel. Make sure it is hard enough after drying. Then simply add a translucent coloured nail polish over it all. So the part on your fingers look opaque but the extended part looks like wobbly jelly. Rose quartz marble nails This trending nail art makes your nails look mesmerizing in their naturally veined marble effect. To achieve this striking look, choose a pale, ideally pale pink, nail polish with a jelly finish. Before it dries, paint on thin streaks of white nail polish where you want the veins to go. Top off with a clear top coat. Voila. You have marble fingers. Subtle glitter nails This...

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16 simple things to make your waxing painless
Jun12

16 simple things to make your waxing painless

Should good things only come at a cost? Why is it that waxing makes you look so good, but feel so terrible during the process? That’s because you didn’t know what precautions to take. Yes, painless waxing is possible. If only you remember a few things the next time you head for a session. Try and follow them and see how much more painless your waxing can get. 1. Go at the right time If the length of your unwanted hair is too short, it will slip out of the waxing strip’s grip and not get removed. The result will be pain with nothing to show for it. If your hair is too long, the waxing strip will just tear the follicles from the middle instead of from the roots. The result is more painful than normal. Ideally, you should go when the hair is a quarter of an inch long for the most painless waxing session possible. 2. Go right after taking a yoga class Doing yoga will make your limbs flexible. This will cut down on the positional pain caused by waxing. It will also cut down the ripping pain because with your limbs turning the way the beautician wants it, the time taken to wax will be much less. 3. Take a warm shower right before waxing A warm water shower not only helps soften your hair but also opens your pores. This makes waxing much much more painless as the hair follicles come right off. 4. Use an exfoliate scrub before waxing While in the warm shower, use an exfoliating scrub. This will remove your dead skin and release any untrapped hairs. This will make pulling out of these hairs much more painless. 5. Find a good numbing cream There are numbing creams available at the chemists which are effective enough to see you through a waxing session. Go for a good brand, and use it half an hour before waxing. You will wonder when the waxing happened! 6. Take a mild pain killer Find a mild pain reliever that is available over the counter and have this half an hour before waxing in case you don’t want to go for numbing cream. 7. Distract yourself while waxing If at home, keep your favourite movie on. If in the salon, chat with your beautician. This will keep your mind off any pain. After all, everything can be controlled by the mind. 8. Start waxing small areas If you are waxing your leg, instead of starting with the whole length of your leg, start with your ankles and work slowly up. Same for your arms. Start...

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Choosing the right compact powder for your skin tone and type
May30

Choosing the right compact powder for your skin tone and type

Why do you need compact powder any way? 1. Compact powder keeps the grease off and the glow on your makeup 2. Compact powder helps the foundation set and not run into lines and edges off your face 3. Compact powder acts as a great lasting base for blushers, bronzers and shimmers 4. Compact powder helps set creamy makeup to last longer But one compact powder does not suit all. You should choose yours based on your skin tone and your skin type. How to choose the right compact powder for your skin tone 1. To match your compact powder to your skin tone, test it on your cheek or jawbone. Never on your hands. 2. Blend your chosen compact powder into your skin to make sure the shade remains the same even after it. 3. Choose a yellow based shade if your skin tone is fair. This will make you glow and not look chalky. 4. Choose a copper-based shade if your skin tone is tan. This will make your complexion look brighter. 5. Choose an apricot based shade if your skin tone is medium. This will prevent your complexion from looking darker. 6. If your skin tone is dark, choose your compact shade very carefully. Take into consideration the undertone of your skin while trying out various shades to see which suits you best. How to choose the right compact powder for your skin type For oily skin Choose a compact powder that has added oil control and an extra matte finish. Don’t use those that enhance radiance or glow, enough of which you already have. Also, look for compact powders that are waterproof and hence sweat proof. Some other things to do to help your compact powder work better is to apply an extra layer on your T-zone and using a primer under it. For dry skin Choose a compact powder that is oil-based. Go for a translucent type of compact in order to make your skin look less flaky. Avoid a matte finish powder. Some other things to do to help your compact powder work better is to start with moisturisation, not use too many layers of foundation, and using less compact on your T-zone. For sensitive skin Choose a compact powder that is mineral-based. Make sure it does not have waxes, oils, fragrances or preservatives on its ingredients list. If you find words like non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic on the pack, all the better. Choose carefully, and test-try on a patch of skin before using it on your whole...

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The secret weapon for those of us who love makeup
May14

The secret weapon for those of us who love makeup

Exfoliation No, we did not give the secret away yet. It’s not just exfoliation that makes all the difference to your skin and hence your makeup. While exfoliation is the process of removing dead and dry skin cells from the top of your skin, the secret lies in how and when you do it. Just buying an exfoliator off the counter, or making one at home does not do the trick. Here is what you need to know to make it work best for you. Understand first how exfoliation helps your skin It removes dry dead skin. It unclogs pores. It cleans the skin of residual makeup and dirt. It makes your skin less prone to infections, pimples and acne. It makes your skin glow. Choose the right Exfoliator for your purpose Choose a physical exfoliator or a chemical exfoliator according to your skin type and need of the day. A physical exfoliator is great for quick spot treatments. It works through the mechanical process of gently abrasing your skin so the flaky layer of dead skin comes off. They come in the form of scrubs, masks or even as simple sugar granules. When choosing physical exfoliators opt for natural ones and not the synthetic ones. A chemical exfoliator is good for more heavy duty exfoliation with more professional results. Chemical exfoliators work by making chemicals do the hard work of taking the dead cells off your skin as opposed to physical rubbing. Again while choosing to opt for those with natural ingredients. Now for the secrets! Do not scrub too hard Don’t assume that the harder you scrub the more the dead skin cells will be removed. It will result in a lot more things which you would not want. Your skin would get dry. It would strip the lipid barrier of your skin. It would get inflamed and red. It would lose its softness and its gentle texture. Do it moderately just enough to take the dead cells off. With a soft cloth applied in gentle circular motions. Exfoliation is great for sensitive skin While many treatments cannot be done by people with sensitive skin, exfoliation is something they will actually benefit from. This is because the exfoliating process not only clears away dead skin cells but also cleans out pores, hydrates and removes foreign matter and thus lead to fewer chances of infections and breakouts. Do not exfoliate more than once a week While you need to exfoliate regularly, it does not mean you do it every day. This will make your skin too dry and harsh. If your skin is oily you might consider exfoliating...

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Easy guide to smokey eyes using only kajal
May07

Easy guide to smokey eyes using only kajal

Smokey eyes are, just as they are named, hot and how! Sultry, sensuous and sizzling, it’s always a success anywhere. But while the smokey eyes look is sophisticated, achieving it could be simple! Sure you could go the longer route by using the ‘right’ things like an array or eyeshadows, brushes, moisturiser and what not. Or you could get simply lovely smokey eyes using just a kajal. Here’s how you do it. First draw a thin line of kajal on the insides of your lower eyelash line. Turn the kajal over and use its blunt end to smudge it a bit. Next draw a thicker line along your upper eyelash line. Again use the blunt end of the brush to smudge it out. Lastly put a few dots of kajal on your eyelids. Use your finger to blend it into your brows on one side and the smudged kajal below. And you are ready to sizzle....

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Everything you need to know about gel nail services
Apr30

Everything you need to know about gel nail services

Gel nails are fantastic in so many ways. The gloss they offer is unmatched. They last longer than you need them. They don’t chip every time you even snap your fingers. They are strong. But… While you would be tempted to go for gel nails all the time, given that they are almost too good to be true, you should keep in mind some negatives, and work around them consciously. These are the things to know, consider and watch out for the next time you want that fantastic stuff called gel manicures on your hands. Don’t make gel manicures a habit By all means, go for them, but not all the time. This is because gel manicures have a tendency of thinning out and drying your natural nails. Too much of this good thing, and you will end up with discoloured brittle nails sitting on very painful nail beds. Even infections cannot be ruled out. So every time you go for a gel manicure make sure once you remove it you go polish free for a few weeks. Remove the gel nails as soon as they start colour fades With normal nail polishes one is often tempted to pick at it once it starts chipping without waiting for a nail polish remover. The same if done on gel nails is very bad for the nails. Gel manicures tend to thin your nails. The gel polish also tends to strongly adhere to your nails. So trying to peel them off will result in thin layers of your nail getting removed with the polish. Repairing this kind of nail damage can take over half a year. Also, water seeping in between the peeled polish and your nail can cause fungal infections. To protect yourself from all this, remove gel nails the way they are supposed to be removed as soon as they start falling apart. Select the gel polishes carefully Some gel polishes contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. These are carcinogens. They, if overused, might cause disturbances in proper liver and thyroid functions. Fortunately, most gel polishes do not contain these ingredients any more. But always do an ingredients-check before going for the gel manicure. Do not expose your nails to the UV and LED lamp more than necessary While the amount of exposure you get to UV rays when curing your gel nails under the UV lamp might be small. But it is intense. Too much of it might lead to skin damage and more. LED lamps, which emit UVA rays, are no less harmful under concentrated exposure conditions. But given that this is the only way to cure...

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