My third installment with Suave® and Q-tips® for their awesome ManiCure Pinterest sweepstakes is all about texture! I’m sharing with you one of my favorite hot new finishes, matte, along with a little bling to bring it up a notch. Not only that, but I’ll also be sharing tips on keeping skin moisturized and nails looking clean and healthy.
Up first, a little detail about the ManiCure Pinterest sweepstakes– make sure to head over to the Suave Beauty Pinterest page and pin one of my featured looks (or any other looks by my fellow influencers) and copy the pin URL to the Suave Beauty Facebook page to enter for the chance to win Suave® Skin Solutions Body Lotions and Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs or $500 for the ultimate day of beauty and style!
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been trying out Suave® Skin Solutions Soothing Body Lotion with Aloe. I tend to have some redness in my skin, and I am happy to report that this formula works to calm any irritation caused dry skin and frequent hand washing. I can tell my nails and cuticles really do look richer and healthier. After moisturizing, I pushed back my cuticles and prepped nails with a base coat. Before the base coat, I used a little alcohol on a Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab to make sure my nail beds were oil-free.
Next, I applied a matte black polish. You can also use a tradition shiny polish with a matte top coat (more on that next week). Particularly with these darker shades, I appreciate the Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs for cleaning up any mistakes on the cuticle and around the nail.
Allow the base matte polish to dry completely. I waited a couple hours to ensure it was totally dry. To add a little interest, I took an opaque white polish and added small graphic areas of shine. Using a nail art brush, I outlined the desired shape with the white polish and then colored in with a larger brush.
To really go Black Tie, glam it up with some rhinestones for a 3D effect. You can find these at any beauty supply story. Pick up the stone with tweezers and lay it onto mostly wet polish. Use a Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab to press the rhinestone firmly onto the nail.
Generally, you can seal in these rhinestones with a top coat, but since we are going for a matte look, I skipped the top coat all together. I still find I got great staying power with both the polish and stone. And I certainly feel glam and festive!
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