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Valentine’s Day Nails – 4 Red Hot Manicure Ideas

By on February 10, 2015
in Essie, JINsoon, Milani, Nail Art, Red with 0 Comments
Valentine's Day Nail Art and Manicure Ideas via @alllacqueredup

Valentine’s Day Nail Art and Manicure Ideas

The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun and, while I don’t really celebrate it, I like dressing up my nails for the occasion. Creating hearts was one of the first nail art techniques I mastered so I take advantage of any reason I can whip out that talent. And even if nail art isn’t your forté, I have some fun Valentine’s Day nails for you.
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OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Nail Art Inspired by Lupita Nyong’o at the SAG Awards

By on January 27, 2015
in Gray, Nail Art, OPI with 18 Comments
Floral Watercolor Nail Art using OPI Fifty Shades of Grey via @alllacqueredup

SAG Awards Nail Art – Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab

Award shows are my idea of sports. I would much rather watch the red carpet action than the Cavs play, even with LeBron back in town. Between the E! red carpet coverage, Fashion Police recaps and the shows themselves, my DVR is a flurry of activity.

This past Sunday, the actor-centric SAG Awards aired and, per usual, I was live-tweeting the red carpetwaiting for my favorite film and tv show casts to win, and they did. Yay Birdman!

When Lupita Nyong’o stepped out on the carpet in this floral Elie Saab, I swear I could hear an actual gasp on Twitter. Her gorgeous gown stuck in my head and I just had to recreate it as nail art. And it just so happens that the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection was perfect for the task.

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Golden Globes 2015 – Negative Space Nails Inspired by Kate Hudson in Versace

Golden Globes 2015 Nail Art - Kate Hudson in Versace via @alllacqueredup

Golden Globes 2015 Nail Art – Kate Hudson in Versace

The Golden Globes is always my favorite award show of the season. The combination of television and film stars with free flowing booze usually results in a very fun night. Last night’s show fell a little flat but the red carpet was full of excitement. From Kiera Knightly’s gown that made me question what is going on at Chanel to Julieanne Moore’s liquid metallic ombre (with feathers!) it was a feast for the fashion eye.

While metallics were clearly a trend, what I really loved is a look that’s also big in nails, cutouts or negative space. Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt and Jane Fonda all worked the trend but it was Kate Hudson that caused me to gasp in this white and silver Versace design. It’s nail art as fashion and the inspiration for my Golden Globes Negative Space Nails.
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The Bronze Age – Bronze & Gold Lace Nail Art for My Blogiversary

By on January 2, 2015
in Bronze, Gold, Nail Art, Zoya with 29 Comments
Easy Lace Nail Art via @alllacqueredup

Bronze & Gold Lace Nail Art

Happy New Year! It’s crazy to think that it’s been eight years since I started All Lacquered Up. Eight years! It was a time when 3-Free was barely a thing. When I discovered a basically unknown brand at a Seattle airport kiosk called butter LONDON.

When I was the only nail blogger. When all of my nail polish fit in one cabinet as compared to needing its own room. So many amazing things have happened since then, so many changes. But one thing remains the same, my love of nail polish and desire to share it with you.

The traditional 8th anniversary gift is bronze and the modern gift is lace so I decided to combine the two in a bronze & gold lace nail art look. Take a trip down memory lane with me and enjoy my tribute manicure.

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DIY Nail Decals Tutorial – Winter Wonderland Snowflakes

By on December 23, 2014
in Nail Art, Sally Hansen with 16 Comments
DIY Nail Decals Tutorial - Winter Snowflakes via @alllacqueredup

DIY Nail Decals Tutorial

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It’s a beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland. Living in Ohio, I have a love/hate relationship with snow. For the most part, I appreciate the beauty of it and, given my hair’s hatred of humidity, I welcome the cool, crisp air. Granted, I’m fortunate to work from home so I’m not scraping ice off my car or shoveling my driveway on the daily.

Giving a nod to our current state of wintry bliss, I DIY’d a snowflake nail decal for a Winter Wonderland Manicure. When it comes to nail art, straight lines are easy-ish but, on a curved nail, a pattern like a snowflake can be a challenge to get even.

That’s why I like creating my own decals off the nail. I can perfect the pattern by having both hands free to steady the background and brush. Plus, I have a trick that takes the guesswork out of freehand nail art. Keep reading to see how I created this fun and simple look.
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