3 Must-Try Summer Manis From Glamour’s Lipstick.com (+ Free Essie Polishes!)

In need of some of-the-moment mani inspiration? Check out the super-chic looks editors Lindsey Unterberger, Nikki Ogunnaike, and Julianne Carell from Lipstick.com  Glamour’s new beauty site  created exclusively for Gilt using Essie’s Summer Collection, which can be yours free when you spend $50 or more on Gilt. They’ve also provided easy-to-follow steps, so you can recreate their looks at home. Free polishes and expert how-tos? Now you have zero excuses to not having fab nails at all times. 

Lipstick.com     [From left: Nikki Ogunnaike, Julianne Carell, and Lindsey Unterberger]

Lindsey

Lindsey Unterberger, Executive Editor
“Summer nails usually scream bright colors—as they should!—but sometimes a pop of bold orange or blue can be too much next to a statement outfit for me. I love the sophistication this twist on a reverse French manicure brings to my hot pink dress!”

Recreate her look:
1. Apply base coat.
2. Turn your left hand to the side so your thumb is pointing toward you, and using the thinnest nail art or paint brush you can find, draw a C-shape as close to the cuticle as possible. I used Urban Jungle here. Repeat on the right hand by making backward C-shapes on each nail.
3. Apply a coat of Fierce No Fear to the rest of each nail, getting it as close as possible to the C-shapes you drew.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Apply top coat and let dry. So cute!

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Get the Runway Look With Redken: Guido’s Step-by-Step Hair How-To

The fashion world’s most in-demand hair stylist—Redken Creative Consultant Guido—creates insanely covetable looks for designers like Marc Jacobs, Valentino, and Prada each season, and now, he’s working his magic exclusively for Gilt. We’ve teamed up with Redken to show you how to get four of summer’s hottest no-fuss hairstyles, and the perfect wardrobe to pair with each. Get the step-by-step, then shop the sale and score a free gift with your purchase of $50 or more.

redken boyish charm

Look #1: Boyish Charm
- Apply Redken Guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to dry hair from roots to ends and comb through until hair is completely saturated.
- Divide hair into two sections (top and bottom) in the back. Make three or four parts if hair is very thick.
- Clip the bottom section down and out of the way, and then using a finishing brush; start to brush the top section flat against the head, following the round of the head in one direction. Repeat this with each section, making sure it’s very clean and neat-looking when finished.
- Blow dry hair until completely dry. Apply Redken Control Addict 28 high hold hairspray and then place wig cap on so it completely covers the head.
- Once the wig is secure, apply Redken Forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to add texture.

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Bold Summer Beauty: Tips from Top Makeup Artistry Brand Laura Mercier

lmercier4The best part about beauty rules these days? There are none — especially when it comes to color. And much like traditional sun-kissed highlights have made way for turquoise dip-dyes and lavender ombré fades, barely-there makeup takes a backseat this summer to usher in a fresh color palette that’s hotter than the rising temps. Surprise yourself with bold blues, playful teals, and on-trend purples. For those ready to embrace a more vibrant look, A-list makeup artistry brand, Laura Mercier (whose coveted cosmetics are on Gilt today), gave us the scoop on how to go bold and pull it off flawlessly.

Start off skin deep:  “Look at your veins. If your veins appear more blue-ish, you’re cool-toned and should pick blues, fuchsias, and pinks. If your veins are blue-ish green, you’re neutral, and you can pick almost any shade. If your veins are green, you’re warm-toned and look best in bronzier shades,” says Alexis Comforti, Laura Mercier Global Makeup Artist.

Colors to crush on: “Blues are in this summer: bright blue, blue-green, jewel-tone blues. Also, sea-foam green colors look good on all skin tones.”

Match made in heaven: “You can match a red lip with your dress, but it should complement the colour of your wardrobe. For example, red lips look great with a white, black, or navy outfit. Or you can try fuchsia lips with an allover bronzed glow.”

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Spring Cleaning for Your Makeup Bag: The Only 5 Products You Need

beautybagThere’s a universal theme of de-cluttering come spring, and it’s time it trickled down to your beauty stash. Say your goodbyes to those long-empty lotion bottles, prehistoric lip liner pencils, and glitter eyeshadows collecting dust — we’ve rounded up the five absolute essentials to streamline your makeup bag.

1. Caroline Chu Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($40)
A lucky few have yet to deal with the woes of fine lines, but for the rest of us, a hydrating eye cream is a must. Rich blends of meadowfoam and cucumber extracts and Vitamins E and B5 keep those pesky lines at bay, while decreasing irritation for the perpetually sensitive-skinned.

2. Tweezerman Full Bling Gold Slant Tweezer ($25)
With bold-browed beauties like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins stealing the spotlight these days, we’re officially within the age of the statement brow. Keep yours in check with the precision tweezers you’ll find in any glam squad’s arsenal. Gold Swarovski crystals give this pair a playfully glamorous punch.

3. Jouer Instant Chic Collection Customizable, Portable Palette ($52)
Bronzer, cream blush, eyeshadow, and lipgloss in one easy place? Yes, please. This all-in-one wonder features the brand’s signature snap-and-slide packaging so you can tote along whatever palette combo you need for the day.

4. ESUM Face Brush Duo ($42)
These pro-grade favorites are the perfect companions to the Jouer palette, seamlessly applying and blending at once. Better yet? Each brush is handmade from the finest materials: Think natural fiber hair and cured birchwood handles.

5. La Roche Posay Substiane + Firming Moisturizer ($45)
Your complexion would be lost without a top quality moisturizer, and this daily treatment is just what the doctor ordered — literally. French dermatologists created the unique formula with healing thermal spring water to treat redness, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Now, don’t your latest additions deserve a stylish new home? Opt for Jouer’s pastel pink leather bag, which conveniently doubles as a luxe night-out clutch (genius). Get your hands on everything here — plus more of our best beauty steals up to 75% off — in our Skincare & Cosmetic Essentials sale today.

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