Monthly Archives: October 2013


Ghosts and Pumpkins Halloween Nail Art

There are some things that just make me think of Halloween - a pumpkin, a bat, ghosts, and candy corn are just a few reminders of this awesomely fun holiday.  For this nail art, I wanted to include anything and everything that symbolizes Halloween.  Sure, I love color matched minimalist, pretty nails, but this design gave me the chance to play around with colors, patterns, and cartoon-like drawings.

The nail polishes I used are Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear and American Apparel Nail Lacquer (AA polishes are very affordable and the color options are great).  Because the colors have to pop, I recommend using a white base for your nail art (the rest is up to you, add whatever design you’d like and vary it for each hand!).  These festive nails are sure to have everyone giddy and ready for a spooky trick or treat.  Have a happy Halloween!

Stay Pretty (Spooky), Mackenzie M. 

Skull Halloween Makeup Tutorial - Pretty Skull Makeup

I adore Halloween celebrations because it gives me a chance to play with makeup and come up with exciting, fun costumes (plus, going out with friends and my boyfriend is another perk!).  I will say this though - deciding on one costume only is a tough decision and it involves lots of Pinterest research. This Halloween, I created a two-face makeup look featuring a pretty skull and a glamorous Lana del Rey look (from her Young and Beautiful video). And because a flower crown ads the finishing touches, I pinned a ribbon in my hair to emulate red rosettes and styled soft hair waves.  Picking a Halloween costume is much easier when you create a two dimension makeup look. Happy Halloween from Pretty Squared!

Skull Makeup 

Materials - White face paint (purchased from Rite Aid), MICA Beauty Black Gel Liner, Wet n Wild White Eyeliner pencil, Johnson’s Baby Powder, Elf Foundation Brush, Catwalk Glamour angled eyeliner brush.

1.  Using a white pencil, lightly draw a skull image on one half of the face.  I was inspired by this lovely editorial image here.
2.  Using your fingers, spread the white face paint evenly on the white areas of your face. Afterwards, using a large brush, set the white face paint with baby powder (or a white eyeshadow).
3.  Using an small brush and black gel eyeliner, fill in the dark areas on your skull.
4.  Using a fluffy middle sized brush, I spread out the gel eyeliner and using the same brush I created shading for the teeth, cheek bones etc.  This way the shadows will be soft and easily blend into the white for a more realistic look.
5.  Set the black areas with a black eyeshadow to ensure a long lasting skull!

Lana del Rey Makeup 

Materials - MAC Studio Fix Foundation, L’Oreal True Match Naturale Powder Foundation, The Balm Meet Matte Palette, Wet n Wild Black Liquid eyeliner, L’Oreal False Fiber Voluminous Mascara, Wet n Wild White eyeliner pencil, Too Faced “Chocolate Soleil” bronzer, Rimmel Powder Blush “Pink”, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “Cruella”, Elf Liquid Gel Glitter liner, Diamond nail gems.

1.  Apply a full coverage matte foundation all over the face.  Conceal further if necessary for brightness under the eyes.  Set foundation with a matte powder.
2.  Apply a matte bronzer and matte mauvey pink hued blush.
3.  For the eyes, create a dramatic 50’s inspired look.  I used a dark grey shadow to create a cut crease and blended that out with a warm brown to warm up the look.  Apply a light matte shadow on the lids, inner eye and brow bone.  Draw a heavy cat eyeliner using a precise liner.  Using a white pencil, fill your waterline in to make your eyes look bigger and doll like.
4. Fill your eyebrows in, in a slightly arched yet still flat shape.  Lana’s brows are full and the flatter arches give her that Lolita glamorous look.
5.  Draw two tears under your eye with a black liner, and apply a dab of a clear gel (or eyelash glue).  Place three diamonds in the tear shapes in a pyramid shape.
6.  Fill your lips in with a red liner and lipstick and voila, you’re done! Enjoy your frightfully pretty skull makeup!

Stay Pretty (Spooky), Mackenzie M. 

Revlon by Marchesa Jewel Nail Appliqués

Revlon has begun a beauty-fashion revolution, and it starts at our fingertips!  From gold brocades, intricate designs, and colorful rosette motifs, Revlon is giving us all access to runway high fashion at an affordable price. Available starting October 1, Revlon has released Limited Edition Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Nail Appliqués. Inspired by designer Georgina Chapman, Revlon by Marchesa features stunningly beautiful designs that add depth and dimension to your manicure.

When Revlon reached out to us, we were very excited to try the jewel appliqués (what girl doesn’t love fashion and nails!). Revlon by Marchesa Royal Burgundy is a dark red and gold baroque pattern with relief accents on the gold. The 3D jewels are not overdone but are discernible enough to add shine to the manicure.  The pattern is reminiscent of royal velvet and would best be suited for an event or party.  Revlon by Marchesa Gilded Mosaic is a pattern of circles and miniature 3D diamonds arranged in the shape of sunshine rays.  The color palette for Gilded Mosaic includes yellow, gold, silver, grey, and brozne.  For all the intricate detail, this particular pattern manages to be simplistic and wearable for most occasions.

Now, you must wonder how to apply the Revlon by Marchesa nail appliqués to achieve a clean manicure.  The secret to flawlessly applying nail stickers is finding the best fit - the nail sticker should not be too big or too small.  The beauty of Revlon by Marchesa products is that you can make mistakes (and fix them!) - you can realign the sticker at the base, use the included file to define the shape, and use the included stick to smooth the surface.  Because the stickers cannot fit everyone’s nails, there may be wrinkling in application (for this, I wish Revlon would have included more than 18 pieces).  Lastly, I think the product is easier to apply on longer nails so I recommend having some length for filing and shaping. Once you’re ready to wear these appliqués, also be ready for compliments (the designs are quite eye catching)!  Revlon by Marchesa designs are available in eight variations at Walgreens, CVS, and other select retailers (more info available on Revlon web site). Revlon by Marchesa Crown Jewels, which is an elegant combination of black and gold, is next on my wishlist.

Thank you to Revlon for partnering with Marchesa - now we can stop daydreaming about the runway and start wearing couture creations!

Stay Pretty, Miranda and Mackenzie M.

Halloween Nails - Disney Maleficent Nail Art

Halloween is a beauty lover’s favorite holiday.  From spooky nail art to scary make up looks, Halloween is a great opportunity to put all those beauty products to use.  My sister visited New York this past weekend because of the government shutdown, and we decided to create a Halloween nail art design inspired by Disney Villains.

After much needed Pinterest Disney research, I based this Halloween design on Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.  Because I did not want a literal interpretation, I drew roses, thorns, magic flames, and an accent of the evil crow. Color Club The Uptown, reviewed here, provided the color palette of green, purple, rose, and black. The glitter in Color Club The Uptown was also perfect for outlining around the nail tips and adding definition and depth to the design. The other polishes I used are Revlon Posh and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes.

I loved creating this look, so keep a lookout for more Halloween villains-inspired nail art. On another note, it’s now time to re-re-watch some of my favorite Disney movies!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.