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5 FAVORITE PINK & NUDE NAIL COLORS

When it comes to nails, pinks and nudes are my absolute favorite colors! For some reason, I've never really liked polishing my nails with dark colors, so I've collected quite a few pink and nude nail polishes these past couple of years. From my collection, I've gathered 5 perfect shades of pink and nude colors that are guaranteed to go with any outfit! I'm sure you'll find a new favorite shade for this summer from this bunch, so let's get started! ;)

TOPLESS & BAREFOOT

Topless & Barefoot is one of my absolute favorite pink polishes. It's not really a baby pink color but it's a bit of a muted, light pink color. It almost has hint of beige in it and is definitely not a bright color that would pop. It's perfect for any occassion and is also a perfect pink that matches with other nail polish colors if you'd want to mix and match! 

SAND TROPEZ

Hands down, this is my go-to polish for any occassion and any season. I LOVE Sand Tropez and it has never let me down! It's the perfect nude color and is a very mature color, as well. I defintely recommend 2 coats of this color, but once applied, you will not regret this color choice! Have I mentioned, that I absolutely love this one? ;) 

LADY LIKE

Now this is a bit of a dark, rose colored polish but also works with any outfit during any season. I'd definitely say this is like a dusty rose color and I've realized it's a beautiful shade for any skin tone. This color, especially, looks beautiful when you wear darker shades of clothing such as black or gray! 

PEAK SHOW

Peak Show is such a fresh and crisp color! In the bottle, it looks almost white but there's a slight tint of baby pink in it which makes it that much more fun and whimsical. When I don't want to wear a blatantly pink color on my nails, this is the color I resort to and absolutely love it! 

BETWEEN THE SEATS

Last but not least, Between the Seats holds the last spot for being one of my favorite pink and nude colors. It's as if you took a white polish, and added in hints of lavender, pink and gray to create this wonderful concoction of a nail color. I adore it and is perfect for the summer! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim

BEAUTY

A HOW TO ON FALL NAIL ART

Alas, fall is here! Just about a week ago, it seemed like fall was in full swing here in the city but as of yesterday, it went back to being warm and humid. Nevertheless, in honor of one of my favorite seasons I thought I'd do an easy fall nail tutorial. For the fall season, I usually like to wear darker and warmer colors on my nails. I've always been a huge fan of the color 'oxbood' and it especially seems to be the trend color for this fall season. This particular nail art I'll be showing you today, is a fun and feminine twist on french tips. It's not as difficult because you don't have to be as precise and it still looks uber feminine because of the shape it gives off... so let's get started!

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • An oxblood or deep red polish (Mine is: Essie's Bordeaux)

  • A nude pink polish (Mine is: OPI's Put it in neutral

  • A clear base and top coat polish

HOW TO:

Apply a base coat to your clean nails. Don't put any lotion or oils on your nails beforehand because that may cause air bubbles in your polish. 

After the base coat dries, apply a coat of your nude pink polish. This will help your nails to have a gel finished look and it'll look much better with this sort of nude color as opposed to your bare nail colors! 

You're going to angle  your brush (with only a little bit of polish) so that from one side of the nail you're going to draw a diagonal/right angel triangle shape. You can do all this with just the normal brush that comes in the bottle. As you go in for the second coat, you're going to want to curve your stroke a little like you're drawing an upside down heart. 

Go in ahead with a second coat of the actual nail art design. This is when you can clean it up and really make the shape pop. Make sure to get all the sides of your nails as well! This design looks so pretty with rounded shaped nails as well!

It may look a bit messy but you can clean it up with another coat and I also like to take a Q-TIP dipped in nail polish remover to remove any polish smeared around my actual skin. And VOILA... we're finished! Go ahead and finish off with a top coat so it can look extra shiny and fresh. 

You can do this kind of design with any nail polish color. I love this look because it's delicate, feminine, and looks complicated but is super easy! Hope you're enjoying the fall weather and be on the lookout for some of my favorite fall nail colors, coming soon! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito