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The Oscars, those most craved for movie awards, were already given away to those who most deserve them with their outstanding contribution to cinema in 2013. Apart from the movies, the celebrity fashion and beauty looks are being discussed with passion all over the internet and I think this is the most natural thing to do after the Academy Awards reception :) So I cannot pass this major event without making a closer inspection of celebrities looks from manicure perspective. So welcome back to my Red carpet nails column where we discuss celebrity manicure and do some trend spotting.

If I had to choose one word to describe celebrity nails at the Oscars this year and I was not allowed to choose ‘boring’, I would say ‘classic’. All the glamour at the 2014 Academy Awards was saved for the spectacular dresses and gorgeous beauty looks so nails had to lay back and quietly wait for all this to pass in nudes, pastels and the classic reds :) These were the three categories all celebrity manicures at the 2014 Oscars can go to. Here, it was all documented on these buzzfeed.com photos and I am sure if you can take your eyes away the haute couture dresses and flawless beauty looks you will notice nails… somewhere… there.

Nude nails at the Oscars 2014
Sure, nudes and off-whites are a total nail trend for 2014 so actually the ladies who chose them made a somewhat trendy pick. Olivia Wilde, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Jessica Biel were some of the celebrities who went for the natural look.

Shy pastel shades at the 2014 Academy Awards
Pastel shades are another key nail trend for 2014 so some celebrities chose pretty pastels for their nails at the 2014 Academy Awards reception. Jada Pinkett Smith, Julia Roberts, Olga Kurylenko and Robin Roberts were some of the ladies who went for pastel manicure for the big event.

Classic red and burgundy nails at the 2014 Oscars
Classic red is always a safe choice when it comes to nails for a formal occasion. If you do not want to play it safe but  still want to stay in the classy feel, burgundy is an option too. Anna Kendrick, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Jennifer Garner and June Squib were some of the celebrities who chose the reds for the Oscars.

There were some exceptions of the categories above like for example Charlize Teron and Sandra Bullock’s black nails but it was pretty much it.

The stiletto nails
Regarding nails shape, stiletto nails are still a top trend and it is not so hard to guess why, they are absolutely gorgeous! Lady gaga, Anne Hathaway,  Kelly Osbourne, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lupita Nyong’o and Kate Hudson were some of the celebrities who rocked the stiletto nails on the read carpet.

If I were a celebrity, I would choose the nude look for the Oscars event. How about you :)

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Hello lovelies!

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous Katy Perry manicure and I absolutely loved it!

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry nails are always gorgeous and this gradient pink tiger manicure proves it again. Stay with me to see the tutorial and tips how to recreated this roarin’ look on your nails.

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

First, paint your nails pink.
This manicure needs a vibrant deep pink shade for a base. You can see that Katy Perry nails are not a true red shade but sort of a deep pink with a red undertone color. I figured Covergirl Outlast nail polish in Reliable Red would fit the design.

Then, add a soft pink gradient.
To add the soft pink color to my nails I used the good old makeup sponge. I have featured the sponging technique in some of my previous posts. You can take a look at my Galaxy nails and Galaxy nails tips for nail designs, tutorials and tips featuring the sponging technique.

For this tiger nail design you need to add some pale pink color to a makeup sponge and transfer the nail polish onto the sides of your nails. I used Covergirl Outlast Constant Candy which turned a little whiter than I planned, but I still love the result. You aim to cover one side of your nail and make sure to leave some of it clear so that the deep pink shade will be visible. At this point we are not aiming at a perfect gradient because tiger stripes will steal the show from the base anyways :)

Then, add tiger stripes.
Tiger stripes are easy to add free handedly with a striping brush. I used the brush which comes with a black nail art color and is specifically designed for adding detail but you can use a DIY striping brush as in my free manicure products post. Tip! Make tiger stripes thicker at the beginning and thinner at the end. This will help mimic the animal skin better and will avoid your tiger look too much like a zebra :)

Last, add a fat top coat.
The sponging technique as well as the tiger detail may make this nail art look a little patchy. Use a fat gel look top coat to blend the design together and smooth away any bumps and lumps that may have appeared.

Voila! You got that wild Katy Perry tiger manicure!

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Hello lovelies!

The Golden Globe awards are a huge event for movie fans and art of cinema lovers but also in terms of fashion and beauty. When it comes to trends I have learnt one thing: if you see it on the red carpet, it is definitely in! So let’s take a look at celebrity nails from the Golden Globes event and spot the trend.

You probably remember my Nail trends for 2014 post series and the 5 posts which defined the key spring/summer nail trends as seen on runway fashion shows in 2013. It was very interesting for me to see which trends in particular celebrities chose to complement their red carpet looks. See what I have found!

Go natural: nude and pastel nails
Looking at the Golden Globes red carpet pictures you cannot miss it: nude is all over the nails :) Natural shades, pale beige, soft pink pastels are the top celebrity choice for this red carpet event. I love the nude look for how easy it is to go with all the looks out there and how suitable it is for a huge range of occasions. Take natural nails to the office, for a weekend walk or to a wedding reception, they will be a perfect fit.

A whole lot of celebrities chose natural nails for the Golden Globes event with Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Heidi Klum, Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Zooey Deschanel, pregnant Drew Barrimore and Taylor Swift being just a few.

Go precious: metallic nails
Metallic nails are one of the key trends spotted on fashion week runway shows. Precious gold and silver were top  celebrities choice for Golden Globes 2013 event. Kelly Osbourne, Tatiana Maslany, Savannah Guthrie and Kaley Cuoco rocked metallic nailson the red carpet.

Go dark: Black and deep red
Black and deep Bordeaux colors were also a key nail trends on the red carpet. Just to name a few celebrities which picked the dark side choosing either deep red or black: Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana, Leslie Mann, Lizzy Caplan.

I must admit this deep red shade surprised me a little as it was not among the nail trends for 2014. It is a classic choice for polished events such as the Golden Globes so I can understand why many celebrities chose bordeaux for their nails but I find it a little too predictable :)

I got all photos from huffingtonpost.com, my guide for Golden Globes 2014 fashion and beauty. Browse the galleries to enjoy a carousel slideshow of celebrity manicure.

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Hello everyone!

I had so much fun creating my celebrity stiletto nails post that I could not help making another one! So welcome to another post dedicated to Stiletto nails and the way the famous wear them! I have created two inspirational galleries featuring the manicure of two other singers whose music I love: Lana Del Rey and Adele.

Lana wears her stiletto nails long and pointy. She prefers classic red shades, deep bordeaux or a more natural look with beige and skin tone colors. Having said that, you most probably won’t see her with colorful nail art decoration. I love how her manicure looks and lives up to what people say: style is always in trend!

Adele is another singer who prefers the stiletto nail shape. Her manicure is long and noticeable, usually a pop of an interesting shade contrasts her most preferred cloths color: black. Adele’s overall look makes the stiletto shape seem a bit more sophisticated and feminine, I love it!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is dedicated to Stiletto nails. They are trendy, they are exquisite, they are a true statement piece in your look. Celebrities love this long and pointy nail look and this of course made it really popular in the last few years.

The absolute trend setter of stiletto nails is undoubtedly Rihanna. This is her favorite manicure look since 2011 and she shows off her perfect claws in various occasions. Rihanna stiletto nails are a signature item of her celebrity image. Look at some pointy beauties which have been circulating the internet for a while.

Rita Ora is another music diva who loves her stiletto nail look. Her nails are not too pointy but a little rounded. This is still a great look plus she often has some interesting nail art to decorate her manicure. I love how fun her nail designs look.

I will be posting another portion of celebrity stiletto nails soon, so stay tuned!

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Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my Celebrity nails column to have a look at some stunning nail art creations. High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens shows off her divine embellished claws and knows how to make us nail art lovers jealous. Long and almond shaped, three dimensional and surrealistic, her manicure is for sure not practical, but nevertheless is 100% noticeable. Check out these nail designs created by nail artist Sara Nguyen which Vanessa often trusts for her manicure.

This white and gold manicure embellished with stones was created for a festival. Nail art is accompanied by henna tattoo on fingers. Long live festival spirit :)

Vanessa Hudgens nails

Vanessa Hudgens nails

Look at these eye catching metallic silver nails with stones and studs.

Vanessa Hudgens nail art

Vanessa Hudgens nail art

Vanessa seems to love black and gold combination and I can understand why. These nail art creations say it clearly. Vanessa walked these black French tip with golden details on the red carpet.

Vanessa Hudgens black and gold nails

Vanessa Hudgens black and gold nails

These black nails embellished with gold religious details may be a little on the bolder side but will surely make a girl to be noticed.

Vanessa Hudgens religious nails

Vanessa Hudgens religious nails

I like how these nails have been created with so much detail and precision. Although I wouldn’t show them off personally, I still admire the work and imagination in the designs. Just to let you know, in case you were wondering, Vanessa sometimes prefers a classic plain red manicure :) Vanessa-Hudgens-Long-NailsInspiration:

Vanessa Hudgens gif from tumblr

Vanessa Hudgens gif from tumblr

 
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Hello everyone!

As promised in my Glam it up! with Zendaya post, I will share with you how I recreated this beautiful monochrome nail design. I did not give up my nails shape for the sake of this tutorial but still like the result. This manicure is easier to do than it may seen, so read on.

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

First, paint your left hand nails black and right one’s white.
This is a monochrome design and black and white are the base colors it is built upon.

Then, use a makeup sponge to create a gradient effect.
Left hand ring and index fingers should have white gradient tip. Right hand ring and index fingers will have the opposite gradient effect, their tips should be black. I used a regular makeup sponge to create the gradient. This is my favorite gradient nails tutorial:

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Add the Replay sign on middle fingers.
This was the hardest part to me because of the circle shape, but I came up with an idea. Tip! Use a needle to dot out the replay sign. Gently push the needle into your base color, it will leave tiny marks you can use for a guiding line. Then trace this line with a striping brush using the opposite color – black for white nails and vice versa.

Add the word ‘replay’ to your thumbs.
If you are good with both your hands and you can write with them, add RE to your left thumb and PLAY to your right one in opposing colors. Personally, I am right handed and I cannot write with my left hand. Tip! I decided not to ruin the design at the last step and added the ► sign to my right thumb, it is basically a black triangle :) Call it cheating but I think this design looks fabulous even that way!

Last, add a top coat
Finish off with a gel look top coat. It will seal the design and smooth out the rougher areas, especially gradient. It will also make your work last so that you can show it off.

“Replay” is Zendaya’s second single which hit the charts on July 16th 2013, taking its highest position of number 3 hit in US Hot Dance Club Songs. Her manicure for the video shoot was created by ES nail LA, the studio Zendaya trusts for her nails.

Products:
Black: Essie Licorice
White: Essie Blanc
Top coat: Rimmel 3D plumping top coat
Striping brush

Inspiration:

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

 
Thanks for reading and see you soon!.