Keeping up with nail trends just got a little easier with this list. Here are some nail design ideas that should inspire you for your next salon visit.
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Lipstick shape nails– This shape which was created by South- Korean nail artist Park Eunkyung has quickly gained popularity. This uncommon shape can turn any basic style into an eye catcher. This nail shape has even become a staple of Megan thee Stallions’.
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Funky minimalistic nails-If you’re looking for a little color while still having a clean look, this nail design is for you. This design is simple enough that you could DIY!
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Tortoise shell nails– With the tortoise shell design currently trending, these nails are the perfect way to keep up. If you want a more subtle look, this design can also be done as a French tip.
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Retro pattern nails– These 70’s themed nails have gained many fans for their simplicity. This nail design looks good on both short and long nails. You can make this nail design your own by choosing your favorite color scheme.
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Lined French nails– This spin on a classic design is an elegant and simplistic option for a nail design without too much fuss.
I’ve got to admit that although I am a follower of beauty products and the occasional trend, I tend to stay true to myself. Trends are great, but some are fleeting, and the only person who really knows what’s best for you is yourself. In reality, I do most of my care routine at home. If you’re a beauty addict and do spend a lot of your money on products and treatments, that’s fine, too. We all have our preferences and our priorities. Being so self-sufficient, there are select times when I wonder which professional services are actually worth paying for, and which beauty trends are ones that are worthy to follow. Since the microblading trend began, I was increasingly curious. So, what is it like to get your eyebrows microbladed?
What Is it Like to Get Your Eyebrows Microbladed?
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First of all, some people aren’t really clear on what microblading is. Maybe you’ve never heard of microblading before, or if you have, you haven’t had it explained to you. Some compare it to tattooing your eyebrows. This is essentially correct, but microblading is a semi-permanent treatment, which means that it will last about 12-24 months. What’s the difference, then, between tattooing your eyebrows and microblading?
The difference is the process of the procedure. Instead of a tattoo gun, microblading technicians use a blade or needle tool. Microblading is intended to enhance your natural eyebrow shape, making them look fuller and more even. You can opt for the natural look of hair-like strokes or a mix of strokes and a makeup-like blending technique. The blending technique is similar to what you would do for your daily eyebrow makeup. If you’re sick of filling in your brows, the blending technique will save you a lot of time.
So how is microblading done? A technician takes a microblade—a tool with either a single or multi-blade to make small incisions—and uses the tool to insert pigment into the top layers of your eyebrows. Because they aren’t reaching the deeper layer of skin, like one would with a tattoo gun, the results are not permanent, but last about a year or two. You can go in for touch-ups or a complete re-application after the mircoblading has faded.
I went into my cousin’s studio, upon which she presented me with the standard paperwork: a consent form like one signs prior to getting a tattoo. She then took some before photos and began measuring my eyebrows. During the measurement, the artist finds the spot of symmetry between your brows and draws a frame around them. From there, she let me sit with some numbing solution on my brows for twenty minutes. The numbing solution is the same type of thing you might request from a tattoo artist if you’re afraid of experiencing a lot of pain.
Obviously, I was a bit nervous. I’ve had tattoo artists work on me before, but never anything on my face. It is a nerve-wracking thing to trust someone, especially with your eyebrows, so choosing an artist is an important step, as well as making sure you are happy with the shape that they plan for your brows.
After twenty minutes, I laid down and she began the process. Overall, I was astonished at how completely painless my experience was. There were a few moments that I realized she was making little cuts on my brows. But for the most part, I didn’t feel much pain, thanks to the numbing solution. She worked carefully for about an hour or so. The process as a whole took about two to three hours, and I’m sure this varies from technician to technician, but remember that this is a sort of art form, and you should plan to surrender a couple hours of your time.
After she finished, I was prompted to check the work and point out any places I thought might need more strokes. I was then given aftercare instructions. I will be going back for my standard touch-up in six weeks. The healing process is about ten days to two weeks, give or take, and scabbing is normal. Remember not to touch your brows, not to scratch them, or get them wet outside of your aftercare instructions. Your touch-up is usually around six weeks. The touch-up is as important as the initial process, as this is when you will see the healed brows and know what needs adjustment or filling in. The touch-up appointment basically seals the deal and concludes the look of your finished brows.
The Cost of Microblading
Microblading cost varies. The median is around $300-400, with variants depending on the artist and businesses. However, consider the amount of money you spend on your brow makeup. Microblading makes your makeup time less daunting, especially if you’re all about those eyebrows. While this semi-permanent makeup isn’t for everyone, it definitely helps those who feel that their natural brows could use a little help feel better about their eyebrows.
My brows are still in the process of healing, but I can already tell how amazing they will look whenever it’s said and done. In fact, even though they look a little dark due to the healing process, I have already received compliments on my new brow look. And the best part? They look natural.
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last year, it’s that I love South Korean beauty products and I’m definitely not alone. The cutesy, colorful packaging may be what drew me in (and the rumors that their innovative ingredients would make my skin glow), but the quality is what has enslaved me to the SoKo beauty lifestyle. We should thank the beauty and internet gods for making it possible to have these wonderful things sent directly to our door. Known for their bizarre ingredients, powerful serums, moisture-obsession, and amazing facemasks, these are some of my favorite (soon to be yours, too) SoKo beauty products.
1. TonyMoly Sheet Masks Okay, I know you’ve seen these around, but these sheet masks are honestly amazing. Koreans are obsessed with skin hydration, and looking at their seamless porcelain skin, I’m thinking we should be too. Whether you’re nursing dried out skin during winter or nursing a hangover, these masks will give your skin new life. They come in an array of flavors, all of which have different properties and benefits. The lemon is my favorite, and my skin looks noticeably brighter after leaving the facemask on for 20-30 minutes. Bonus: they’re cheap. Buy a bunch! Your face will thank you.
Photo Courtesy of Tony Moly | $6 for 2
2. Erborian BB Cream I am an avid lover of BB creams. They’re the perfect product and we are lucky to have them. However, I had no idea just HOW lucky we were until I tried Erborian’s BB Cream, a gift sent to us by the beauty gods. It has a super light, no-makeup look but has amazing coverage, leaves your skin looking natural, and moisturizes like a dream. The South Koreans seriously know what they’re doing when it comes to skincare, and this BB cream proves it.
Photo Courtesy of Erborian | $39
3. Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream
I mentioned the use of bizarre, make-my-skin-glow ingredients, right? Well, this moisturizer has one of those: snail slime. I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t know there was snail slime involved when I tried this. Yet here I am, fully aware, and a worshipper of my steam cream. It uses the snail mucin to moisturize, and bee venom to boost collagen production and the skin’s healing properties. A little goes a long way and leaves you looking fresh all day.
Photo Courtesy of Soko Glam | $20
4. Son & Park Highlighter Cube Despite being obsessed with moisture, the SK beauty industry is also very weary of oiliness, and thank goodness, because so are we. Not totally surprisingly, oily-looking skin is a cross-cultural no-no, and highlighter can sometimes enhance oiliness. We’ve all seen someone whose highlighter has gone a bit off the rails, and a lot of that has to do with poor application. Enter: the Son & Park Highlighter Cube. It never looks oily and always looks uber-natural. This highlighter is totally fool-proof and super easy to work with. It always looks fab, and you need it.
Photo Courtesy of Soko Glam | $12
5. PERIPERA Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher: Though the name sounds like a poorly translated Korean-to-English sentence, this liquid blush is perfect. I’m a total sucker for adorable Korean packaging (which lead to my initial purchase), but I was actually sold on this because of how light it goes on and how long it stays on. Again, doesn’t look oily, and looks super natural. It’s packaged in a tube with a large cushion on the end where the blush comes through, allowing your liquid blush to have a really natural-looking application.
Photo Courtesy of Peach & Lily | $16
6. Peripera Oil Capture Pact: For anybody who has oily skin, this compact is a must. It mattifies your face immediately without giving you an ashy, powdery look. It blends into all skin tones and undoes the damage that a hot day + makeup can do (we’ve all been there). Like so many SK products, it’s small, and is perfect to bring with you on-the-go. This compact will help prevent an oil slick and keep that skin looking fresh!
Photo Courtesy of Amazon | $10
7. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: Have I mentioned how much South Korean beauty companies value hydrated skin? Oh, I haven’t? Okay–they LOVE keeping their skin moisturized and dewy. This skin mist, which has been touted by a lot of notable beauty bloggers (and little old me) is unlike any other. It goes on and totally absorbs immediately, leaving no weird residue or wetness behind, but leaves your skin looking dewy and illuminated. Dewy and illuminated are two amazing words to have describe your skin. BE dewy and illuminated.
Photo Courtesy of Tatcha | $48
8. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: Among (many) other things, I’m also obsessed with facemasks. Just about any facemask that someone has showed me, mentioned to me, or advertised on Instagram, I’ve tried. This one is not only hilarious (it turns your face into a giant sudsy bubble) but it leaves your skin feeling taut, smooth, and looking amazing. There’s one thing I love more than a new facemask: one that works wonders. It totally cleans out your pores, gets rid of any makeup left on your skin, and leaves you looking fresher than ever. This one is a winner.
Photo Courtesy of Yamibuy | $11
9. TONYMOLY Petite Bunny Gloss Bar:If you’re a sucker for packaging, South Korean beauty products are going to seriously hurt your wallet, because they’ve nailed the cute makeup container game, and these gloss bars are no exception. These are not only adorable, but they’re award winning! They keep your lips feeling super-soft and looking super-luscious, and come in an array of colors that tint their sheer finish. At $6 bucks a pop you probably need the whole set.
Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters | $8
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Spring is not only my birthday season, but my favorite season above all others. The reawakening of the Earth gets me every single year as if it’s a surprise. You would think I’d be used to it know since I’ve experienced this season for 22 years (as of April 1!) already, but no. From the birds singing to the flowers peaking, this blooming beauty captures me each time it comes around. What puts the cherry on top of this being my favorite season ever? The gorgeous spring beauty collections that make their appearance! Adorned in light pastels to everyday neutrals, the spring collections from some of my favorite or newly discovered beauty brands are blowing my brain like no other, not to mention the eye-capturing swatches that come from the stunning lip shades created! You’ll fall in love with these collections just as much as you will with this season, just as I do every year. Did anyone say spring cleaning? Make room for these beauty bits in your makeup collection, and be out with the old!
(Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in Désinvolte $36, www.chanel.com)
Chanel Coming in with a bang is Chanel’s bright and pigmented Spring 2015 collection, featuring stunning corals to shades of pink and red. Chanel’s beauty products are made to be built up or smoldered down this spring. So whether you’re feeling vibrant and loud, or soft and muted, this collection will help represent that in a lip shade, eye shadow, polish, and more.
Colour Pop Cosmetics Looking to have bold fun with your beauty looks this spring? Colour Pop Cosmetics has totally got you covered! This beauty brand is new to me, but it may sound familiar to you because it has been spotlighted by many social media platforms, YouTubers, actresses, and many well-known faces. The Spring 2015 collection of Colour Pop is making a statement with its lippie stix and pencils, shadows and pigments, cheek products, and newest collaborations. Think tons of color from every shade of the rainbow.
Tarte Cosmetics The Spring 2015 collection of Tarte Cosmetics celebrates with a 15-year anniversary collection called Tartelette. In soft, beautiful tones of pink, tan, brown, and more, Tartelette products can be worn easily every day, from day to night. What makes this collection even more timeless? Its simple, gold-detailed packaging that adorns each product.
Glo Minerals Glo Minerals is another of my recently discovered brands that I haven’t been able to get over, especially with the launch of their new spring colors in the Suede Matte Collection. From the Suede Matte Crayon in a sorbet shade to the Suede Matte Stick in a punch shade, the colors are true to the eye and last longer than ever! These lip shades will totally become a part of you, and you won’t want it any other way.
Lancôme Lancôme’s French Innocence Spring 2015 collection features romantic rose and nude shades with pops of green and blue. The products create a fresh spring look that can be worn easily by anyone and everyone. Create a sophisticated or cute look from these precious colors all by your own hands.
Read more Beauty articles on ClicheMag.com Spring Beauty Collections “Spring Collections Column” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s April/May 2015 issue.