Must-Try Lip + Nail Color Combos for Every Spring Occasion
Whether you’re chopping off your hair or exchanging your floor-length parka for something new, spring is the perfect time to break out of your comfort zone and try some of the season’s top trends. Switching up your beauty routine is a super easy and inexpensive way to try out new looks without adding another pair of gauchos to your closet (why, fashions gods, why?!). We’ve compiled some sophisticated beauty looks to rock at every important event this spring. Add these looks to your morning rotation, and you’ll be showing your best face this season.
Even if your BFF’s wedding colors are blush and bashful, that doesn’t mean you have to be. Stand out in the crowd of well-wishers with a bold lip and nail combo that spells out confidence and life of the party with MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($16) and Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in Lola ($18). This bright beauty look pairs well with spring’s popular gingham trend.
Your Uber-Important Work Presentation
Office beauty can be a tough nut to crack, especially in conservative work environments. Stay polished during your big presentation with a neutral, barely-there lip and a modern greige nail color. The subdued look will keep the focus on your business know-how and outstanding public speaking skills. Pair your NARS Lipstick in Belle du Jour ($27) and your Deborah Lippmann Nail Color ($18) with a utilitarian-chic dress for a kick-butt look.
Your Cousin’s Graduation Party
It’s graduation season, which requires a beauty look that can go from commencement to celebration with ease. Stick with a soft rose lip like Marc Jacobs’ Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake ($30) and a playful pink nail — our favorite is Butter London Polish in Macbeth ($15) — that seem both classy and personable. Add an on-trend navy shift dress that will have a welcome spot in your closet for decades.
Your Coworker’s Baby Shower
What is it about babies that goes perfectly with spring? Celebrate your coworker’s bundle of joy with a fun and fresh beauty look. We’re all about Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Salmon Pink ($16), which glides on like a dream. Stay gender neutral with a classic taupe nail color, like this Formula X nail polish in Thrilling from Sephora ($11).
Your Easter Sunday Brunch
Easter is the perfect occasion to take advantage of all the beautiful pastels spring has to offer. Wear your best little white dress to better complement a bubblegum pink pastel lip like Urban Decay’s Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22). Wrap up your spring-themed look with Illamasqua’s robin egg-inspired nail varnish in Freckled ($24) and a pair of blue suede pumps.
Your First Picnic of the Season
Is the first outdoor fete of the season approaching on your calendar? Channel that “English Rose” beauty look with a muted, ladylike lip and nail combo. Tarte’s LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Rose ($24) won’t smudge on your vintage tea cup, and Ciate’s Twinset and Pearls nail varnish ($8) will let you leave your actual pearls at home.
Your Mother’s Day Luncheon
Head to a special luncheon in Mom’s honor with a clean, subtle beauty look that lets her shine. Benefit’s Cheek Me Out! set ($13) delivers a subtle pink lip tint and highlighter for a glammed-up version of your everyday look. The Formula X White Party set from Sephora ($23) gives your nails a modern update with shimmery, barely-there colors. Hint: These sets are mom-approved, so buy them for her as well!
What’s your favorite beauty look for spring? Share in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com