The Latest Body Part to Get Madeover by Contouring Is Totally Unexpected
Instagram has given us many a fab nail trend, from marble manis to half moon stunners, but we must admit that the latest one, which is straight out of NYFW, has taken us somewhat by surprise: introducing the fine art of nail contouring!
Though traditionally reserved for makeup, this new, for-your-fingers incarnation of the popular technique first showed up at the Chromat Fall 2016 NYFW show back in February (pictured above). Now, a new take on the trend is taking off after popping up at the Vera Wang SS 2017 show courtesy of Jin Soon Choi.
Making the rounds on social media, this hack sees fashionistas making their nail beds look thinner and longer with help from nothing more than their polish.
Whereas Jin opted for a dark stripe of polish down the middle of her nail to create the illusion of a smaller bed, the trend actually comes in two incarnations. Basically, you can go dark on the inside and light around the edges (either leaving your natural nails exposed at the sides or opting for a lighter color), or you can do the reverse.
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French beauty pro Pierrick Beringer was way ahead of the fad, posting his expert use of black and white Essie polish to pull off the trend a whopping 84 weeks ago.
But contouring is by no means reserved to neutrals. @NailTheDay, who gushed “I love nail contouring!” took things one step further by playing with complementary hues of blue, placing a darker shade right at the cuticle and covering the rest with a lighter tone: The sky’s the limit when it comes to color combinations!
No matter what color you choose, however, the biggest draw of nail contouring lies within the ability to change your nail shape in a flash, without the need for press-ons or hours of filing.
Chic results for half the work? Consider this one beauty hack we can get behind!
Will you give nail contouring a try? Tweet us @BritandCo.
(h/t Elite Daily, photo via Monica Schipper/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)