Madeline Poole and a behind-the-scenes pic of nail art from her new book 'Nails, Nails Nails.'
Photo: Madeline Poole's Facebook/Tumblr
You may think you don't know nail artist Madeline Poole, but we can guarantee you've seen the LA-based manicurist's handiwork within the past year—whether you meant to or not. She was the mastermind behind Kelly Osbourne's killer digits for FAULT's fall cover shoot (among many, many others!), the gal who created all those dope American Apparel nail tutorials, the genius behind Nasty Gal's campaigns, and has done so many celebs' nails we can barely even keep track (our faves? Ke$ha and Kreayshawn). Even if you don't follow fashion mags, you might've also spotted her name in Sephora thanks to The New Black x Madeline Poole nail art kits. (Psst: We've even showcased her work right here on the blog!) Believe it or not, Madeline has even more amazingness up her sleeve—she's releasing a book which gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete all her signature designs this spring. YASSS.
Ciaté's Very Colourfoil Manicure in Wonderland.
Photo: Courtesy of Sephora
Man, is there anything you can't do with your nails these days? UK-based nail brand Ciaté (you know, the peeps who brought you the caviar and velvet manicure) have released yet another kit to deck out your digits with—this time with foil! OooOOooh. Their Very Colourfoil (heh) Manicure collection (which is currently available to purchase on Sephora.com for $19) includes three different kits of foil sheets and polish to create an oh-so-glam look. Each kit contains foil fix glue, a paint pot, 30 foil sheets, and a "Colourfoil Canvas" to try out a design before you put in on your fingers. SMART. The description says, "Ciaté's Creative Director Charlotte Knight was inspired by gleaming metallic accessories, models wrapped head-to-toe in luxe foil shades at London Fashion Week, and unique-fashion street-styling to create this inspirational nail kit." The Wonderland set, above, comes with a slate grey Cream Soda color polish and the foil sheets Flash, Fizz, Feisty, Fling, Flirt, Frost. Fun!
Clockwise from left: mini nail files, a thin wallet, Benefit's Posiepal, Chapstick, and long-wearing concealer.
Photo: Tweezerman/Wintercheck Factory/Benefit/Chapstick/Make Up For Ever
If you're going out on New Years Eve you're probably carrying a clutch or small purse, because seriously, who wants a big bag getting in your way when you're are simultaneously counting down to 2013 and trying to kiss your date? Unfortunately fancy bags are about the size of Cindarella's glass slipper and hold things just as effectively, so we have to think efficiently when packing our purses. Along with a couple $20's in case your debit card falls out of your bag, and your debit card in case your cash falls out of your bag, here are the most important items to put in your cramped clutch!
The whole NYE beauty look.
Photo: Annamarie Tendler
Shine bright like a diamond- or rather, like the New Year's Eve Ball- this December 31st! As you get all dolled up this year to ring in 2013, skip the dark smokey eyes; everyone and their mom wears that look to a nighttime party. Instead, make your eyes sparkle with layers of gold. Get step-by-step instructions after the jump!
Will Oldham and his Bonnie Billy perfume.
Photo: Getty/Sanae Intoxicants
Ok, so there are two possible reactions you might be having right now, after reading the name Bonnie "Prince" Billy. One is that you're like, "who dat?" and scratching your head and maybe moving on to another post (don't move on! This is going to be funny, swear!), or, you're thinking about the last time you got sad, put "I See A Darkness" on your iPod, and cried into your pillow. The stage name of legendary punk folk songwriter Will Oldham, the music of Bonnie "Prince" Billy is emotional and singular, and those who love him, LOVE him a lot. But we're not here to tell you what to put on your sad days playlist (although you totally should work him into your rotation). No, we're here because we got our grubby little perfume loving paws on a vial of his Bonnie Billy fragrance, and OBVIOUSLY subjected our office to the MTV Style smell test. As we all learned when they gave their olfactory critiques of Rihanna's Nude, our loyal coworkers are getting pretty good at the smell test game, but they were not prepared for the curve ball we threw them with Bonnie Billy. When we first got the sample, perfumer Sanae Barber of Sanae Intoxicants, the lab behind the smell, warned us of its intensity, saying "It's slightly reminiscent of gasoline when you first take a whiff. It's intense!" she went on to explain, "I'm using 80% pure perfume oils, attars, resins and absolutes. After applying, wait about 20 to 30 min. It warms, softens and a prism of scents are released, most people especially notice the jasmine, tobacco and oud." With this in mind, I volunteered myself as guinea pig, and put the fragrance on both of my wrists. Gaby Wilson also got some on her hands, and we went slowly around the office, gauging people's reactions as the scent changed.
Guys, nail art can be hard. We get it. You need a steady hand, a teeny tiny brush, tons of time--whew, we're getting tired just thinking about it. Lucky for us, the geniuses over at China Glaze created a set of polishes that transform into a new color with the swipe of a clear top coat--meaning, yes, it doesn't take much skill to create a fresh new design in seconds. I know, I know, it sounds INSANE, but believe us when we say it's absolutely, 100% true. (We even have video evidence!) Their collection, appropriately called Tranzitions, includes six color-changing polishes that will literally change hues before your eyes as you apply a clear layer on top. The best part is that ANY top coat works, meaning the options are endless, y'all!
Editors Note: Phew! Can you believe we're exactly one week away from Christmas? And only two weeks away from New Year's? The time is FLYING and it's probably because we're having so much fun sharing our 2012 faves with you (sorry, we had to). Yesterday we brought you a sillier one, our the biggest cat ladies of 2012, and tonight we bring it back to something you might have expected a little more of us, which is the best red carpet beauty looks of 2012. To narrow down our immense list of much-loved looks, we enlisted beauty correspondent Annamarie Tendler, who you might know from The Daily Face, and her halloween makeup tutorial on House Of Style! We commend her for being able to pick her top 5. There were so many good ones, we were about going crazy just thinking about having to choose!
While the dress reigns king when stepping out on the red carpet, we can't forget how hair and makeup can make or break a look. A bad chignon or over done face can destroy everything, while an amazing updo or knockout red lips can save a boring dress. Here are my top five favorite beauty looks from the red carpet this year. Oh, and the dresses aren't bad either.
CAMILLA BELLE, THE MET BALL
Camilla Belle at The Met Ball.
This is a gutsy look and it totally worked, not many woman could pull off something this harsh. This is a perfect example of dress, hair and makeup complementing each other perfectly. Camilla Belle looks like she walked out of a party in The Great Gatsby
. I want to dress like this every day.
If you're a serious fan of HBO's Girls TV series (like us!), then be prepared to fuh-reak out, y'all. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann created a set of nail polishes inspired by the 20-somethings' lives, which will be released in January. Eeee! The four colors, which represents the Brooklyn girl gang—Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), and Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet)—each has its own personality to coincide with each on-screen character. And, to be TOTALLY honest, the colors are right on-trend for next season, too. Hannah's polish is a rich "Hopeless Hunter Green," while the oh-so-uptight Marnie inspired a "Prim and Proper Pink" in a pale pastel hue. Shoshanna's shade, "Virtuous Vivid Violet," represents a goody two-shoes, girly-girl lavender, and Jessa's "Bohemian Burgundy" color runs dark and deep, just like her. Whew, we can't even pick a favorite!
Ahhhh, we're almost halfway through December, friends, meaning our "Best Of 2012" posts are almost halfway done. But before we get too sad, let's look back on all the awesome stuff we've covered so far. We dished on the best campaigns, best grills, best band style
and best celebrity nail art, just to name a few. So, sit back and relax as we keep all the goodness rolling out!
If there's one thing we're experts on here at MTV Style, it's HAIR NEWS. Some of the biggest hair transformations (see: Miley Cyrus) have caused the biggest waves (heh) on our blog, and we SO aren't mad at that. From killer retro updos to statement ponytails to super-short shaved 'dos, there wasn't as shortage of highly-talked-about locks over the past year. So, let's take a look back at all the best hair trends from 2012, shall we?
Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, and Ke$ha.
Photo: Getty Images
2012 was ALL about the bleached 'dos—the brighter and more platinum the color, the better. Our favorite bottle blondes included Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani and Ke$ha. Rita went for an old Hollywood look with soft, deep-parted waves, while Gwen rocked her sleek signature blonde hue. Ke$ha went all-out glam rock with her stick-straight platinum 'do, which carries tons of killer volume.
Listen, winter doesn't have to be so bad. Yeah, sure, the days are getting WAY shorter, and all that layering is starting to get annoying/sweaty/cumbersome, but, you guys! 'Tis the season for snow! We LOVE those super wintery days, and since it's mid-December we think it's time to celebrate those oh-so-beautiful snowflakes by transforming them into killer nail designs. First up, is a '60s-inspired teal, white and black snowflake set that definitely gives us mod-era vibes, which we love. The best part, though, is that there's a video in how to recreate this entire look in under 4 minutes. Hope you have that tiny brush handy, y'all!