Nail it! - Campari Pop Style Winner Kristia Franklin Readies For Xmas

Part 1

Saturday, December 02, 2017

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Making a fashion statement isn't just about having a bomb outfit; it's about looking good from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. Nails on point. Hair slaying. Make-up looking fleeky. Jewellery making all kinds of statements. Outfit turning heads Shoes ah seh one.️ Ready for the Christmas holidays.

Don't get overwhelmed, because I'm about to break it down, nice and easy, to make this To-Do List a slice of cake for you.


First, let's talk nails! Ladies, if your nails aren't done for the Christmas, you are not ready for this season at all! Christmas is the time for you to go all-out on your nails! I've had a long chat with Shannon March from Get Nailed JA and she gave me all the details for this Christmas. Yes, the traditional white, red and gold nails are a never-dying trend, but let's be more fun and add some art trends to the mix. If you are modest and not too flashy, head over to your nail technician and tell her that Kristia said to give you a mermaid manicure. It's festive but it's not loud; it's a soft shimmer, to be exact. Now for my flashy ladies, let's glitter it up, baby! You can do the plain polish on four nails, then the loose powder on your picked design nail. A cool design for my statement-making girls is foil as another option for your design nail. Now for my extremely festive ladies... drum roll, please! Holo flakes or Swarovski gems, that's all I have to say; you can thank me later. Now you can smile bright and feel confident as you take that wine glass to your lips knowing that your nails are on point!

Shannon March Breaks it Down

Mermaid and chrome nails are specifically done over dried gel polish as the application would require literally rubbing the powder on the nail with a rubber applicator. It's done on gel polish because the polish would have to be completely dry for this application.
I primarily work with gel polish, but foils, loose glitter and galaxy holographic nails are a few of the embellishments that can be put on regular polish and/or gel polish.
A few tips I usually give my clients to maintain nail health (because this ultimately helps your mani last, as well) are to avoid biting the nails and skin around the nails (I know this is a big habit among a lot of us) and don't forget to take breaks so your nails can get a chance to breathe. I also recommend regularly applying cuticle oil to keep the cuticles hydrated. Coconut oil is a great source of hydration for the cuticles, as well. For the ladies with soft nails or ultra-sensitive nails, I recommend Biotin tablets, or prenatal tablets for those who may encounter negative effects after taking the Biotin (breakouts, hair growing too fast, etc). I also offer a nail treatment for strengthening and repairing nails that are soft or stripping, which can be done under the gel manis or dip powder manicures (a healthy and lightweight acrylic alternative for those who may be reluctant to do acrylic because of the damage, or those who want to transition from acrylic back to natural nails but may find it difficult because their nails have undergone extensive damage thus far) for those who opt against taking a break. The treatment I offer works within the nail plate instead of on top of the nail like a base coat and is to be done consistently for the recommended time. For those who may not be interested in the treatment or taking the supplements, a simple fix for nail strengthening would be cutting a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bare nail; this aids in the strengthening of the nail, not repairing (ie the stripping and peeling). 
Essentially, healthy nails contribute greatly to maintaining a great mani. I don't do many regular manis but I have received amazing feedback about the gel manis as my clients have mentioned repeatedly that they seldom have problems with chipping.

Chrome Manis: I usually warn my clients about this, as it is known to start fading within the week or even a few days of getting it done. Chrome manis are strictly for an occasion, not longevity.
Mermaid manis are known to last longer — on average, the same amount of time recommended for your gel mani (2 weeks). To maintain them, I would recommend not having your hands in water too often (word to the doctors, nurses and chefs).
Foils and loose glitter are known to last the longest and stay in the best shape; whether your hands are in water all the time or not, they're the most durable.

Next on the list: hair! I had to go straight to hairstylists Brittany-Rae and Gaye from WeaRebel to get the best tips for that hair slaying that's about to go down this Christmas. Here are two tips for my braid lovers, two for my straight-hair chicks, and one for my transitioning sistas.
My favourite drink has turned into the name of a hairstyle: 'Lemonade', thanks to Queen B herself. If you want your braids to be slaying in all sorts of ways, just tell your hairdresser that you want Lemonade today, and not the drink; Beyoncé won't have anything on you, hunny!
For a quicker braided hairstyle, you can tell your hairdresser or stylist that Kristia said to tell her to put two mermaid braids in your hair, make it fast and make them big!
Now for my straight-hair ladies, please get your brush, teasing comb and some elastics ready because we are about to make a four-tiered ponytail!  Do not be afraid to use that comb and tease! If the four-tiered is too much for you then just stick to a normal ponytail and add some braids to it. You can join the braid trend by doing a mermaid or fishtail braid and leave out the end by tying at the nape.
If you aren't feeling that, then bun it! Make it high, make it low, double it up, mess it up, choose one. Don't make it too neat; go with that effortless effect and you will be right on trend.
If you are transitioning back to your natural hair this Christmas and want to do an edgy and out-of-the-box hairstyle, do a deep side part with three cornrows on the side, use some gel and create some waves with the hair that's left out. This will show off your facial features and give you all the attention at the party.
Ladies, remember to use your accessories. You can make some cool DIY ribbons, headbands and pins for your hair. If you aren't into doing it yourself, just buy some hairpins and create a design on the side of your head.

Next on the agenda: Make-up!
For the lips, 'vampy' lip colours are in: deep purples, deep reds, deep pinks; the deeper the better, and keep your lips glossy. Glossy lips are back to steal the spotlight this Christmas; matte lips are now a thing of the past making way for a shiny Christmas.
Speaking of “bye bye matte lips” this also goes for your foundation, a matte face isn't in this holiday, it's all about that 'dewy' look. This does not translate to shiny! Just dewy done the right way.
Also, out with the one-toned gold highlighter and in with the rose gold giving a more feminine touch. Tie this in with a soft, shimmery, glittery smokey eye and your make-up is certified 'fleeky'.

See All Woman Fashion on Monday, Dec 4 for Part 2 of Kristia's style tips.




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