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  • Use Valentine's Day colors to paint these charming holiday nail designs. Romantic Valentine’s Day nail designs

    These days, every holiday seems to spur a wide array of charming, elaborate and funky nail designs, and Valentine's Day is no exception. Between the bright red and pink colors, cute hearts and many other adorable design options, Valentine's Day nail art is the perfect way to embrace the holiday. If you love finding new and exciting ways to show some personal style, these Valentine's Day nail art ideas will be right up your alley:

    Putting a little love on your nails is a surefire way to embrace the holiday and get plenty of compliments. Choose two contrasting Valentine-themed colors and one accent color – like deep red, pale pink and silver – and use one to paint a base coat. Then, with a thin nail tool or toothpick, lightly sketch one cursive letter on each finger excluding your thumb, so that each hand reads "love." Make the letters as thick as you'd like, then use the accent color to shadow or outline the letters. Add a couple of extra details with the accent color, and if you want, paint a heart or French tip onto your thumb nail.

    A glittering kiss
    This design works best with a bright, glittery red and a neutral like nude, white or black. Use your glittering red to paint your pinkies, and ring and pointer fingers on each hand. Paint the middle fingers and thumb nails with your neutral color. After the first coats have completely dried, use the bright red to draw the bottom of a pair of lips onto your thumb nail and the Cupid's-bow-shaped top lip on your middle finger. When you put your fingers together, your nails should resemble a pair of glittering lips ready for a romantic kiss!

    Songs about love
    Gather white, black, red and pink nail polish for this cute sheet music design. Paint your nails white, and use a thin tool or toothpick to draw four or five straight lines across each nail like you're drawing a staff for musical notes. Then, on each nail draw one or two tiny heart-shaped notes with stems using your red and pink polish – extra points if you draw them to the tune of a love song! To make tiny hearts, dip a toothpick into your polish and lightly put two small spots near each other on your nail. Drag the toothpick from each spot to a point between them to create the point of the heart.

    These classic Valentine's Day candy hearts with sweet messages make for a perfect holiday nail design. You can either paint your whole nail a different candy color or, if you're feeling creative, draw hearts on each nail. Then use a toothpick or tool to write messages on each nail or heart with white polish. Short messages like "Call Me" and "Be Mine" are charming and easy to fit onto your nails.

    If you love learning about new nail trends and playing with fun designs, you may want to consider nail technician training. Start your career as a nail tech today, by contacting Marinello online.

  • Take a look at these no-heat curling methods for keeping your hair healthy. 4 foolproof no-heat curling methods

    Using hot styling tools like blow dryers and curling irons on your hair daily can cause a lot of breakage, split ends and other damage. That's why it's a good idea to give your strands a break from heat every few days. Luckily, there are still plenty of great ways to style hair even without your straightener, curling iron or whatever other tools you use. Take a look at these four no-heat curling methods that will keep your hair healthy:

    1. Twists
    To start, lightly spritz your hair with water or styling spray, or let it dry almost all the way after a shower. Then separate your hair into two sections on either side of your head and twist them away from your face. You can either leave them loose and continue to twist them as they dry, or coil them into buns and pin them in place. Leave them in twists for half an hour or more, then shake them out and comb your fingers through for beachy waves. Use more than two sections if you want tighter curls. 

    2. Headband curls
    Again, start with slightly damp hair. Tie a thin scarf around your head like a headband, with the bow on top. Starting with the front sections of hair, begin wrapping the hair up and over the headband. Continue wrapping hair around the headband on either side, and once you reach the nape of your neck, tuck your remaining hair into the bottom of the scarf. Leave it in place until your hair fully dries, then untie the top and slip the scarf out of your hair.

    3. Vintage rag curls
    This method is great for ladies who like vintage-inspired curls, but don't want to use a curling iron. Cut a T-shirt, towel or rag into six strips of fabric, about 3 inches by 9 inches. Then, split your hair into six sections. Take one section and, starting at the ends, wrap it around one of the strips of fabric. Continue wrapping the hair until you're close to your scalp, and tie the ends of the fabric together to keep the wrapped hair in place. Repeat with the other five sections, leave them in until the hair dries or overnight, and untie them when you're ready to go!

    4. Braided waves
    For this style, start with damp hair, and divide it into sections (remember that the smaller the section, the tighter your waves will be). French braid each section, starting as close to the scalp as possible, and keep the braids until your hair dries. For a style that looks more curly than wavy, you can use rope braids instead. Divide each section you want to braid into two smaller sections and twist them both tightly in the same direction. Then wrap the two twists around each other in the opposite direction of the twist to make the rope-looking braid. Let the hair dry, then comb your fingers through the ropes to loosen the curls. 

    If you're interested in learning more about new and exciting hair techniques, you may want to consider cosmetology training. Do you want to enroll in a Marinello cosmetology program? Click here.

  • Here are some tips for cleaning your makeup brushes. How to clean your makeup brushes

    If you're interested in a cosmetology career, you probably already love experimenting with professional hair and makeup techniques. However, part of being a licensed cosmetologist is knowing best health and sanitation practices. That applies to your hair and makeup tools – including your makeup brushes.

    Knowing when and how to clean your makeup brushes is important for a couple of reasons. For one, along with the leftover makeup, bacteria and dead skin cells can become trapped in the bristles, which will lead to breakouts or skin irritation when transferred to people's faces. Also, makeup brushes are expensive, and properly maintaining them is the No. 1 best way to ensure they last as long as possible. Plus, clean brushes are softer and easier to use. If you aren't sure how to get started, take a look at these tips for cleaning your makeup brushes:

    How often should you clean your makeup brushes?
    When working on clients, your makeup brushes must be sterilized after every use. Using an alcohol-based spray will ensure that you are killing any bacteria that resides in the brushes. Simply spray two or three quick spritzes directly down into the brush, then swirl on a dry cloth to dry. Since it is alcohol-based it should dry quickly.  For deeper cleaning, your makeup brushes should be cleaned two to three times per week. If you are applying cream or liquid products your brushes should be washed more often and you should find time daily.

    Your brush-cleaning options
    There are a few different ways that beauty professionals recommend cleaning brushes. Take a look: 

    • A professional brush cleaner: The best way to clean your brushes is by using a professional spray brush cleaner. Simply spray the product on your brushes' bristles, soaking them completely, then brush the bristles back and forth across a dry washcloth or paper towel. 
    • Baby shampoo: Since baby shampoo is gentle, you can either apply it directly to the brushes or swirl their bristles in a shallow bowl of lukewarm water mixed with baby shampoo. If you apply it directly, swirl the bristles over the palm of your hand to spread the baby shampoo completely over them, then rinse.
    • Dish detergent: Dish detergent is much stronger than the other options, but effective for cleaning brushes used for cream, gel or liquid application. Squirt a small amount onto a clean, damp sponge, then swirl your brushes in it and rinse.

    Tips for proper brush cleaning
    When cleaning your brushes, make sure to use lukewarm or cool water, since hot water can damage the bristles. Apply soap and water only on the bristles, and avoid getting any water into the handle. If water gets into the area where the bristles are attached to the handle, it could cause them to fall out of the brush over time. Also, dry your brushes upside down or flat to avoid water seeping into the handle area, this will avoid rusting your tool. If your brushes feel stiff after washing, it probably means you did not rinse out the cleansing product completely, rinse the brush again, and use a tiny amount of crème rinse and this will make the bristles soft again.

    Learn more about how Marinello can help you start a career in cosmetology by visiting us online.

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