Need chic hair but your in a massive time crunch? Good thing our resident Beauty guru Breann is showing us how to master the chicest low bun. It takes two steps and about 10 seconds and you’ll look like you’ve lived in Paris all your life. Try it out & see what we mean! – xoxo, LK

My favorite style as of late has been the low, simple bun. This effortlessly chic look will take you just a couple minutes to style. I’ve even done it in my car on the way to work! A similar look was spotted on Jennifer Lawerence at a recent movie premiere, and with her new platinum locks, I couldn’t be happier to call her my hair twin. (P.S. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, let’s just be best friends already. I’ll share my fries with you.) With just a hair tie and a spray of dry shampoo or texture spray, you’ll have celebrity status in no time!low bun 1


I prefer second or third day hair for this style because after sleeping on curled hair you get a nice textured look. Spray a bit of dry shampoo on your roots to soak up any oils, and a bit of texture spray on your ends to give your locks a piece-y look.


Pull your hair towards the nape of your neck and using an elastic, tie into a pony tail, tucking the end under. You can of course opt for a more messy look, but I love the simple chignon style shown above.


Pull a few wispy pieces to frame your face, and lightly pull at your roots for a bit of lift. Finish off with a light hold hairspray.


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Oh, hello! Fall is one of my favorite times for many reasons, but one of them is that I seem to get an itch to overhaul my life. I clean out my clothes, organize my shoes, and re-vamp my beauty haul. Thankfully, Beauty Editor Breann is here to show us what is good to keep, where to splurge, and why the cheaper item might be better! Check out her recommendations – especially the brow tools! They are fantastic. – xoxo, LK

Hell0, beauty babes! Breann here and today is going to be really fun. Now that we are past Halloween and all the fun makeup experimentation, it’s time to start preparing for those dreaded dry winter months! I’ve been researching some new products, and maybe spending a little too much money at Sephora, to share some of the best products for hair, skin, and makeup!

So pull out those baskets, drawers, and trays of blush, bronzer, skin serums, and hair product – it’s time for our autumn beauty overhaul!


IMG_6615Guys, you know brows are serious business around here. Finding the right filler could mean the difference between just an “okay” or “fabulous” day! From color to consistence, most of us won’t hesitate to drop a little extra coin for the perfect product. I knew that Anastasia Beverly Hills was the favorite filler brand for brow enthusiasts alike, but having used their Brow Whiz and not liking it, I was hesitant to give another one of their products a whirl. I decided to try their Dip Brow Pomade and man oh man did it change my world! Not only does this stuff glide on like a charm, it’s waterproof and lasts for hours! No more worries about sweating or smudging! The only thing I would tell you to beware of is to put the cap on the product between brush dips. Since it’s waterproof, it’s meant to dry quickly – so if you don’t keep everything closed up you could start to get some clumps.

Just as important as the actual brow product is the application brush. I splurged a little and picked this 266 brush from MAC. It’s the perfect angle brush for brow application, or even cream eyeliner if you’re so inclined. Just make sure to clean it off between makeup applications to avoid build up.BEAUTY1

Now I know I’ve talked about it before, but I can’t get over how much I love the Studio Fix Fluid from MAC. It has incredible coverage and looks flawless! The application is very smooth and when it dries it has a great matte finish. If you’re looking for more of a dewey glow, I recommend using a setting spray or highlighting powder afterward. If your skin is on the drier side, I would use a good moisturizer beforehand, otherwise this product has the potential to look cake-y.



I’ve never been a huge fan of facial cleansers because they either don’t clean my skin as much as I’d like, or they just dry my face out. This Purity cleanser from Philosophy is hands down the best I’ve ever used! I discovered it when I was in New York traveling with my friend Laura. I desperately needed to wash the sweat and makeup off my face and wasn’t about to use hotel bar soap. So I stole a little bit of this dreamy stuff from her (Sorry Laura!) and was hooked! In the humidity of the east coast I didn’t need to follow up with a moisturizer after using the Purity cleanser, but here in the desert I use one to battle the arid climate. I think my favorite thing about this cleanser is a little bit goes a very long way! This is a travel size bottle that I’ve been using for over a month and it’s not even halfway gone!BEAUTY2

Bloke Body was kind enough to send me this package of their limited edition Island Coconut body scrub. The only thing that makes me sad about it is that it’s limited edition! Bloke makes hands down the best body scrubs, there’s no arguing it. This scent will whisk you out of the chilly wind into a warm coconut heaven. You better believe I will be rationing this stuff throughout the fall and winter months until it comes back!



Lastly, hair care. Most of you have probably seen that in the last month I’ve gone from being a light golden blonde to icy platinum! I am so in love with my hair transformation and finally feel like I have the hair color that suits me. What I haven’t loved is the damage and maintenance it takes to keep my locks the same color as Queen Elsa’s. Bleach damages hair – it’s a hard truth nobody can change. Luckily, my favorite hair care company, Living Proof, has the best moisturizing shampoo and conditioner on the market. The Restore line has saved my hair from drying out after washes, and it’s color safe! That means I can stretch out the time between toning a little bit longer. Plus it’s light citrus scent will surely make any shower better!


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I LOVE HALLOWEEN SO MUCH! Dressing up is so fun & prepping your house for Trick or Treat-ers or a fun gathering with friends. But there is a stigma out there that the older you get, the less fun it is (meaning 20s & 30s or pre-kids). I say that’s garbage! It’s fun to let loose & play dress up. Whether it’s for an office party or a neighborhood block party, not all adult costumes have to be “adult” if you know what I mean. Case in point, Princess Leia. Not sexy Princess Leia, just good, old, classic, bad-ass Princess Leia. Breann’s got the full details… – xoxo, LK

Whether you like to admit it or not, everyone likes Star Wars a little bit. We’re each a bit nerdy and can’t help but get a little excited when that theme music begins to play. Perhaps one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Star Wars themed costumes have always played a huge role in our culture. Maybe it’s the buns, bikini scene, or her love of Han Solo that made Princess Leia such a beloved character. Either way, her hair and simple makeup create one of the easiest and most adored Halloween costumes. You’re sure to be the talk of the party, and you’ll be so happy that it took you less than 15 minutes to get ready!



To start with makeup, apply a concealer under your eyes to brighten them up, then sweep a peachy pink blush across your cheeks.



Take a highlighting powder and lightly apply to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and just beneath your brows for a nice dewey look.



Simply curl your eyelashes and add a coat of mascara for a bit of depth. Nice and simple.



For your hair, part all the way down the middle and tie off into pigtails just next to your ears.

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Take a hair donut and slide each pigtail through. Split the pigtail in half then secure around the donut with a second hair tie/ elastic.

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Spread around the donut until completely covered, pining the hair into place along the way.


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Once you are done, finish the look off with hairspray and a rosy lip balm. Don’t forget to wear a white turtleneck to complete the look! Happy Halloween!



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Hello & Happy Thursday! Breann here and let’s be real, I love textured hair. There’s nothing better than looking like you have some natural curl, or like you just got home from the beach. Sea salt sprays are all the rage in replicating that textured style, but a lot of them can easily dry out your hair. With all the damage we get from heating tools, hair color, and the sun, the last thing we need is to dry out our locks. That’s where Bloke Body’s Sea Salt Mist comes in. It’s infused with coconut and other oils to help hydrate your hair! The best part is, you can also apply it to your hair while it’s dry to give you that messy, matte finish. Here’s how I used it on my lifeless hair that needed a bit more body.

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I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days before this post, and didn’t have time to shampoo and blow it out before I left for the day. It was pretty dull and on the verge of being thrown up into a bun.

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Taking the Sea Salt Mist from Bloke, I flipped my hair over and sprayed all over, concentrating on my roots.


After it was applied, I scrunched my hair and rubbed a bit of the product into my scalp… that way it could really settle into my hair. IMG_5270.JPGAfterward I used the curling iron on a few different pieces to give it a bit more texture. Concentrate on the pieces surrounding your face. I you feel like you need it, spray a bit more of the mist on your ends, and you’re done!


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Whether you’re a new reader of LK Beauty or have been following along for a while, most of you know I’m all about effortless and simple beauty. After working in a salon and learning the in’s and out’s of hairstyling, there’s hardly anything I can’t stand more than spending an abhorrent amount of time on my hair. AKA, longer than 15 minutes! Braids are my go to, but with all the different styles, learning how to do them can get a bit tricky. Enter the knot braid. If you know how to tie your shoelaces, you can do this!

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Take a section of hair and split it into two pieces. (P.S. Please pretend that you can’t see my hideous roots!)

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Take the two sections and tie it into a knot like you would your shoelaces. Bobby pin into place if needed.

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Grab a bit more hair to add to the two sections, similar to a french braid. Then tie into a knot.

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Repeat until you reach your desired spot to stop.

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Tie off with a small clear elastic, and try not to get into a fight with the wind resulting in a tangled mess as shown below! Pin the end into place, and remove any bobby pins you used to secure the knots.

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Finish off with some hairspray and you’re done!

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Plan on trying out this easy DIY Knot Braid? Snap a pic and make sure to tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty!

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Processed with VSCOcam with c3 presetWe’ve all been there. You’re at a beginning of Summer pool party/ BBQ, ready to soak in all the rays and enjoy a little home-cooking. You’ve worked on your swimsuit body for months and are ready to show off the fruits of your labor. As you’re getting ready and put on that cute new swimsuit, you look in the mirror and realize one thing: You are paler than the freaking moon.


This has basically been the story of my life for the past seven years or so. I was addicted to tanning beds my senior year of high school, and was never seen without a golden hue of skin. I loved having a sun-kissed glow – until I learned about a little thing called melanoma. Ever since then, I’ve sworn off of almost all contact with the sun and am a huge advocate for sunscreen. While I no longer worry about the health of my skin, I still crave having a dark tan when the warmer weather appears. While I would never step foot back into a tanning salon again, there are quite a few ways to get a perfect faux tan at home! Today, I’m going to share a few of my tried and true tips for achieving the perfect sunless tan.

My first and most important piece of advice is to take it slow. Too many times I’ve seen girls attempt to go from their ivory skin to “I just spent two weeks in Hawaii” tan in one go. This will almost ALWAYS leave you with streaks, spots, and uneven color. I suggest picking up a tanner that works gradually, like this one from L’Oreal.

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Start with shaving your legs (or arms if you feel so inclined) either a couple hours or even the night before you apply self-tanner. The reason being is that you always want to scrub and exfoliate your skin just before applying the self-tanner. If you shave and then scrub, you can irritate your skin, creating a hostile surface for the tanner. Not to mention, the scrub can even burn your new smooth legs if it has ingredients like salt in it, which most products do.


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Step 2.

Find an exfoliating scrub that has moisturizing elements in it, such as coconut oil. I highly suggest using the coffee and sweet orange scrub from Bloke Body. Most folks will tell you to avoid anything oils in it before applying tanner, because it creates a barrier between your skin and the faux color. While that is true, I don’t necessarily believe they should be avoided entirely. Most of us do not have perfectly even skin. You very likely have dry patches on certain surfaces – I know I especially do on my shins. By using a scrub that has a bit of moisturizer, you will help to even out those parts of the skin. If you’re worried about it not allowing the tanner to really soak in, wait a couple hours after scrubbing for your skin to dry completely.

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Step 3.

Apply the tanner in a well lit area – preferably in natural sunlight so you can see exactly what you’re doing. I always start with quite a bit of the tanner in my hands so I can cover a large area quickly. Use large strokes and plan on blending in afterward. Small strokes and only covering small areas will cause overlapping and streaking. If you see any streaks or weirds spots near areas like your ankles, take a damp washcloth and gently rub in until blended.

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As soon as you have applied the tanner, get to a sink and wash your hands as quickly as you can with soap, warm water and a washcloth. Make sure to wipe in between your fingers – there’s nothing more obvious about a faux tan than orange hands.


Step 5.

Let it dry for a couple of hours before putting any sunblock or lotion on.  To build up your tan, wait a day to shower and apply again. It will always come off when you get your skin wet again, but if you’re consistent it will definitely start to stick!

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Plan on trying out any of this tips for a faux tan at home? Be sure to snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty

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IMG_3634.JPGWith Spring coming to an end and Summer finally arriving at our doorsteps, we approach one of my favorite seasons of the year. The Summer months are nothing short of brutal here in Arizona, so I try to seize every opportunity I can to get out of town to cooler temperatures.

Vacations are always the best, but as you know, they take a bit of planning. After you have your flights and hotels booked, you’re left with only one thing – packing. I myself am a complete minimalist when it comes to packing for trips. I only travel with a carry-on bag and leave as much room as I can for new purchases while abroad. But what about beauty supplies? For many of us, we have a strict skincare routine, certain makeup we can’t live without, and hair products to keep our manes looking pristine. We know we can’t bring along our entire cosmetic collection, so how do we choose what stays at home? Well my friends, today I’m going to share my tips to packing beauty supplies like a minimalist for your summer vacation.

Hair Care


First and foremost, consider what you’ll be doing most on your trip. If you’re going to the beach, chances are, you don’t need to be packing a flat iron and lots of styling products. The ocean water will give you enough glorious texture to last for days. Some shampoo and conditioner should do the trick, and a little coconut oil on your ends won’t hurt.

If you’re going to be out and about in a city playing tourist, chances are you’ll be wearing your hair up quite a bit. Again, just some shampoo & conditioner, and a mini bottle of hairspray to control fly-aways.


If you really feel like you need to blow your hair out and do a full on style while you’re out of town, consider the products and tools you only absolutely need. For me, a blowdryer, roundbrush, shampoo & conditioner, and Living Proof’s Style Extender are all I need to get by. Maybe a bit of hairspray considering the weather. Don’t forget to pack liquids in plastic bags just in case something leaks out in your suitcase. There’s nothing worse than finding conditioner all over your clothes.

One last piece of advice – travel size products are your best friends. Many professional hair care lines carry travel sizes, and can be found in stores like Sephora and Ulta. Even Target has some great options!

Here’s a lineup of my favorite travel size Hair Care products:

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner;

Living Proof Style Extender;

Tresseme Aresol Hairspray

Skin Care

Skin care is something that should never be neglected, even while travelling. But where do we draw the line when it comes to the products that make it through our so-called packing security? I like to break it down to the following necessities: Cleansing, Moisturizing, and Protecting.

If you have a particular cleanser that you love, see if the producer makes it in a travel size. If not, pick up some travel size bottles and fill them up. Your life will be so much easier when you don’t have to force a big bottle of cleanser into a quart size bag, then praying it makes it past TSA. Try to avoid packing any sort of brush or tool for cleansing – like a clairsonic for instance. If you’re only gone for a few days, your skin will survive without being polished. Pack a cleanser with exfoliators if you feel like you need a good scrub.


For moisture, do the same thing when it comes to size. If you use a night cream or any sort of serum, ask yourself if your skin can go a few days without, or find a product that can work as both a night and day moisturizer. I like to go the organic route and just use straight up coconut oil. Apply liberally at night for a nice glow in the morning. You can also use as body moisturizer in place of lotion.

As far as protecting goes, we all know we need to be using SPF on our skin. Try to use a moisturizer that has SPF in it if you’re not already. If you’ll be in the sun quite a bit, sunscreen is a must. There are a million travel size options at Target, but if you need a big bottle and are strapped for space, don’t sweat it. Chances are, there will a convenience store near where you’re vacationing for you to drop by and pick some up.

Make Up


This tends to be the hardest of categories for me. It’s hard to decipher what you do and don’t need. I’m going to share exactly what I pack, with a couple of flexible options for those who need variety.


I am a gal who rarely goes a day without foundation. While travelling though, I try to find easier options so I’m not holding up precious vacation time applying makeup at the hotel. Rather than bringing the whole shebang of concealers, powders and brushes, I break it down to just 2 items for my face. The first is a good foundation. Sonia Kashuk Luminous foundation has great coverage while still giving me a fresh look. If you’re looking for something lighter, consider a tinted moisturizer – especially for anyone going outdoors. The second item I pack is a bronzer blush duo. Having both these products in one compact is the best, plus it takes up far less space.


For the love of all that is good, please don’t be the girl who packs an entire giant eyeshadow palette for her trip. Choose one light color and a darker shadow for contrast. If you really feel like you need a smoky eye, a sweep of eyeliner should do the trick. After that, choose your favorite mascara and call it a day. Don’t forget your ELF eyebrow kit thought – that is an absolute necessity in my book.


Choose one bold lipstick and a (tinted) lip balm. I doubt you need a different dramatic look while out and about every night. Not to mention, keeping it simple will only help in showcasing your natural beauty.

Plan on using any of these travel beauty tips? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.breann bowman



With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking of all the beauty tips and tricks my mom taught me. Like most girls, my mom was the first to introduce me to the beauty world. From the time I had enough hair for pig tails she took special care to make sure her little girl was the cutest thing. (Including making me sleep with foam/ plastic rollers in my hair – the torture!!!) From there, I remember my mom bought me clear mascara in 6th grade because I wanted to wear makeup SO bad, but was too young for it. As a teenager she always reminded me to wash my face to get rid of zits and use moisturizer so I don’t get wrinkles when I’m old. I’ll never forget watching her get ready on Sunday mornings for church, putting on Chanel No. 5 and a sweep of lipstick.


Growing up, I was always told “Oh my goodness, you look exactly like your mom!” Whether it was at family reunions or by the nice ladies giving us pedicures, I have always known I’m practically a carbon copy of her.

As a kid, I didn’t think much of it. Now as I’m older, it’s one of my favorite compliments. Maybe it’s because she has aged so well that I’m hoping those genes will manifest in me! Really though, I think it’s because she is my biggest role model, and I really hope that I grow up to be just like her.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to figure out the best gift to get her. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to really spoil mom and buy her the stuff she normally wouldn’t get for herself. This year, I’m opting out of the typical flowers and card, and treating my mom with some fun products from Flora Apothecary.

IMG_3606.JPGAfter a long day, I love taking a long soak in the tub, and I’m sure most of our mothers do too! What with trying to raise decent human beings and all. A candle is a perfect gift to tell mom to take a few minutes to herself and unwind.

IMG_3607.JPGAnother product to throw in the gift basket is this all-natural body polish. Not only will it leave mom feeling like a new woman, it smells incredible too!


Lastly, don’t forget to tell your Mother how much you love her. Let her know how grateful you are for the obvious stuff like giving you life, but also for the little things. For being understanding when you were a snotty teenager, or buying you lipgloss when you were at the cash register at Target. Mostly, tell her how lucky you are to have a built-in best friend.

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetAdmittedly, I am not the best at washing my face. The mascara stains on my pillowcase can certainly attest to that. When it comes to bedtime routines, most of the time I’d rather stay up and catch a few extra minutes of House of Cards. At any rate, cleansing your skin on a regular basis is a habit we should all incorporate into our beauty rituals.


I think one of the reasons I tend to forego washing my face before bed is because my skin is extremely dry. It seems like no matter what cleansers, toners, and so-called moisturizers I use, my skin is left feeling extremely dried out. That was until I stumbled upon Flora Apothecary. I know you guys have heard me rant and rave about their products, but it’s because they have honestly been the best things for my skin! Today I want to share with you my simple skincare routine. All I use are two products regularly, and occasionally supplement one or two others when I feel like pampering myself.

IMG_3555I start with trying to remove most of my makeup with a hot, damp washcloth. I don’t scrub, just simply wipe away what will easily come off.


IMG_3550.JPGNext, I follow up with any of Flora Apothecary’s soaps. I’ve been using Padma, which is a Vanilla & Vetiver scent. I’ve been particularly enjoying this one because it’s so calming. Since all of Flora’s products are natural and handmade, it’s much less harsh on my skin than store-bought cleansers. Simply run the bar under warm water, create a lather, and rub onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse off with cool water, and pat dry with a washcloth.

IMG_3550For moisture, I simply spritz any of Flora Apothecary’s Facial Elixirs all over my face, neck, and decolletage. I would also recommend doing this immediately after getting out of the shower. Lately, I’ve been using Deva Facial Elixir, which is a Lavender and Hyacinth scent. I love how fresh and uplifting it is!

One of the great things about the Facial Elixirs is that they aren’t overly moisturizing. Too often I’ve used creams and lotions that certainly hydrate my skin, but leave a residue on the surface. The elixir’s sink right in, giving your face a healthy glow, that’s easy to put make up over in the morning.

IMG_3547One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about having a simple skincare routine, is not overloading my skin with a million products. In my experience, the more I use, the more my skin depends on. So when I run out, blemishes appear quicker than usual, and I’m stuck with spending more of my hard earned money on products that I don’t necessarily need. Ever since I have began this two-product routine, my skin is happier and healthier, and so is my wallet. 🙂

Plan on trying any of these products, or a simple skincare routine? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram and Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.

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IMG_3501.JPGLike most women, I love having my nails done. There’s an odd satisfaction in looking down as you type on the computer or point to an item on a menu and seeing freshly lacquered nails. When I really feel like treating myself, a mani-pedi is always first on the list. However, I am still a girl on a budget. When it comes right down to it, most of the time I’d rather spend that $25 on something less frivolous. I really can’t afford to be finding myself at the nail salon every other week, so what’s a girl to do? Well my friends, we learn to do it ourselves! Today I’m going teach you how to nail the at home manicure!IMG_3487.JPG

You’ll need:

Cotton Balls

Nail Polish Remover

Nail File

Nail Buffer

Nail Polish

Masking or Washi tape

Top Coat



Start with removing any polish from your nails. Putting polish over existing color will result in an uneven painted surface, and really look sloppy, even if it’s the same color.



Next file and buff your nails. Feel free to use a nail clipper if your nails are long and you don’t feel like filing them down for the next 20 minutes. I like to file the tops of my nails in a natural, rounded shape, but feel free to do square or pointed if that’s your jam! I always recommend using a buffer as well. This creates a rough surface for the polish to really stick to, similar to sanding down a car or piece of wood before you paint it.



Now painting, the toughest part of all. You’ll want to make sure you don’t have lacquer dripping off the brush. Trying to paint the nail in one fell sweep will typically result in a huge mess. When I was in cosmetology school, we learned that painting the nail in three strokes will result in a very clean nail, with very little possibility of it running over to the skin. Simply brush from the nail bed to the tip, up the middle, in one stroke. Repeat in the same direction on both sides. If you need a second coat, finish all your nails, then return to the first one. You’ll want to let them dry a bit between coats so the paint doesn’t clump up.



Just for fun, I decided to do a little design. Since it’s spring, I want to incorporate a little color into my life, and there’s no better way to do so than through my manicure. I wanted to go for a geometric look, so after I painted my nails with the base color and let it dry completely, I used washi tape to create the pattern. I prefer masking/ washi tape over scotch because the adhesive is less strong, meaning it won’t pull up the polish from my base coat when I peel it off. When using two colors, keep in mind you always want make the lightest coat your base color. Similar to painting your walls, the base color will serve as a primer and make the second color really pop.




Once both colors have dried, finish off your mani with a nice top coat to seal the deal and keep your fresh color from chipping. Now relax with some Netflix and ask your better half if they’ll whip up some dinner while your nails dry. Try to avoid putting your hands in warm water, like doing dishes or showering, for a few hours to prevent your polish from peeling up.



Plan on trying any of these tips for an at-home manicure? Tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.

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