Monday, 10 November 2014

Choosing Colour Combinations

liverpoollashes liverpool lashes cnd nail technician best north west beauty blogger shellac nailsToday's post is about helping your client choose what they want on their nails.  For most of us, we get so excited for the clients that don't just want one straight colour and are keen to experiment.  That aside, we can sometimes get a little stuck when the client seems to indicate that they want you to take the lead in what they want.  Some of my clients freely admit that they have no idea what colours would look good together and perhaps you might not have many ideas or need some inspiration so I've put some colour combinations together.  



From there I then work out how far the client wants to go with combination for example, a single nail accent, perhaps their index and ring finger with nail art or even their thumb, middle and little fingers and leaving the others plain.  I often find that picking two contrasting colours and then adding a metallic shade is a big winner and takes the overall look to a whole new level.  I do encourage my clients to try to choose three colours as I think that that is generally best.  

It's difficult for clients to image how their nails would look and there's nothing worse than choosing something and then deciding you don't actually like it once it's applied so I think it's good to put everything together so they can see it.

I'm going to run through a few ideas for you to hopefully be inspired with to take it to another level with patterns, print, glitter and whatever else you fancy!

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First up is classic nautical colours, anyway you like it.  I've chosen Shellac Studio White, Wildfire, CND Additive in Midnight Tide and Swarovski Crystals in Sapphire.  The combination of the cleanness in the white and the striking blue and reds is truly fantastic.

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Next up is Shellac Asphalt, Tropix and Silver Chrome which may be surprising but it's also eye catching.  Some aren't as keen on grey although it's one of my favourite shades, until you pair it with a bright shade like orange it just makes it so exciting and then the metallic of the Silver Chrome makes the pairing complete.  

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Shellac Rubble and Bicycle Yellow are pretty much like the previous suggestion, some are yet to fall in love with Rubble but I have adored it for a long time.  Pairing it with the bright Bicycle Yellow makes it very high fashion.

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There's something about purple and silver that's just got a magical feel to it.  Pairing two shades of purple make it even better with Shellac Lilac Longing, Rock Royalty and the the metallic Silver Chrome.

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Another favourite of mine is Shellac Asphalt and Wildfire.  Just like the pairing with Tropix, the red gives an interesting twist to the grey but....

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... Shellac Steel Gaze completes the look with that mysterious "not quite silver, not quite gold" steel glimmer.  

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For the spring and summer months or the client heading for warmer climates you can never go wrong with three bright shades like Shellac Bicycle Yellow, Cerulean Sea and Lush Tropics.  It makes me want to draw parrots in a forest or something..!! 

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I would call this next combination a "sophisticated pairing" as it's probably worn by the trend setting client who may possibly own a camel coloured Michael Kors bag - you get my drift!  I've put together Shellac Cocoa, Cream Puff, Lecente Stardust Glitter in "Milky Way" and Locket Love which I think is truly stunning.

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For the clients that want something season appropriate but wants to avoid red, Shellac Serene Green, Locket Love and White AB Swarovski Crystals create a timeless elegance. 

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I do feel like Shellac Steel Gaze doesn't receive enough love so picture paired with Tango Passion and Lecente Showgirl glitter which would be perfect for the party season.

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There's a hint of Disney princess Jasmine here with Shellac Pink Bikini, Rock Royaly and Gold Starburst foil. 

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Finally I like the bold colours of this foursome containing Shellac Asphalt, Wildfire, Cream Puff and Black Pool with Light Siam Swarovski Crystals.  This is another extremely trendy but sophisticated colour combination.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post.

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