After seeing Dior‘s spectacular Couture show earlier this week, one thing (aside from the collection, that is) stood out: the brightly hued lashes on each model. Created by makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath, hot pink, cobalt blue and lime green eyeliner was applied over silver shadow, with matching mascara to make the neon colours stand out even more. Basically, it was impossible not to turn back to Sally Singer’s eyeball manicure for Nail Corner inspiration. This design may have more of a cartoonish than couture feel, but it’s one way you can get away with neon eyelashes for everyday wear.
1. To keep the focus on the eyes, I left the rest of the nail bare. But as always, a good base coat is the best thing you can do for any manicure. (I used <b>Revlon</b> ColorStay Longwear nail enamel.)<br />
2. Start with the silver polish and paint it on diagonally to cover just half of each nail.<br />
3. Next, paint the white of each eyeball. You can use a regular polish bottle brush to do this—rounded edges are much easier when you let the bristles fan out across the nail!<br />
4. Pupil time! I used a black nail art pen for this step, but a dotting tool and black polish will work just as well. <br />
5. Now, paint on the eyelashes. Use a striping brush for this step and pick two (or three, or five!) bright colours of polish.<br />
6. Add a white dot to the centre of each pupil for extra depth and finish with a generous application of top coat. Voila, your Dior eyes are done!
Nail Corner Dior Couture Fall 2012 makeup manicure
<b>Polishes used:<br />
Ciaté</b> Paint Pots nail polish in “Mojito” (<i>$14, <a href="http://www.ebeauty.ca/search/ciate">ebeauty.ca</a></i>)<br />
<b>Essie</b> nail polish in “Lights” (<i>$8, <a href="http://www.essie.com/">essie.com</a></i>)<br />
<b>Art Club</b> nail art colour in “White” (<i>$6, <a href="http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/">nailpolishcanada.com</a></i>)<br />
<b>Kiss</b> Nail Artist Fine Art Pen in “Black” and “White” (<i>$11, <a href="http://well.ca/products/kiss-nail-artist-fine-art-pen_34046.html">well.ca</a></i>)
Nail Corner Dior Couture Fall 2012 makeup nail polish