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The Violet Files
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Original Look
Original LOOK
Nails by Karen Gutierrez
Model Jennifer Missoni
Photography by Stevie and Mada
Nails by Karen Gutierrez and Model Jennifer Missoni in A Violet For The Red Carpet / Original Look Photography by Stevie and Mada for THE VIOLET FILES on VIOLET GREY
Jennifer Missoni, Model / Karen Gutierrez, Nails / Stevie and Mada, Photography
For centuries, royals have enveloped themselves in decadent violet hued capes trimmed with ermine and velvet crowns bedecked with jewels. It is a color that will always evoke a sense of power with a touch of unaffected elegance. For this year’s award season, nail artist Karen Gutierrez decidedly selected Yves Saint Laurent nail lacquer in Violine Surrealiste, a shade that is bold, vibrant, and so very violet.
Tutorial
By Karen Gutierrez

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Begin by applying a daily moisturizer to your hands to soften skin. Shape nails as desired with a file. An oval nail shape accentuates femininity and can accentuate and complement long or short nail beds.

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The base coat is a critical step to maximizing the wear-ability of any manicure. For the most effective application remove any excess oils from the nail plate by wiping each nail with an alcohol prep pad.

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Apply two coats of nail polish. Allow some time for the first coat of polish to dry before applying the second coat.

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Allow some time for the nails to dry before applying the top coat. Yves Saint Laurent Base et Top Coat Brilliance Extreme will give nails a brilliant shine by locking in your color using.
Artist Behind
The Look
Karen Gutierrez
Nail artist Karen Gutierrez was in the midst of fulfilling a career in research psychology when her passion for nails could no longer be ignored. Since entering the industry, Gutierrez has abided by a piece of advice her grandmother once bestowed upon her, “Treat hands like jewels, not tools.” Gutierrez’s beautiful, and often jewel-like designs, are frequently featured in major publications (Elle, Harper’s Bazaar) and on the hands of Gisele, Rose Byrne, and Eve Mendes.
REAPPLY top coat every other day to keep nails STRONG and brilliant.
—   Karen Gutierrez
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In Polite
Society
In polite society, a MANICURE is deemed a necessary LUXURY.
—   Violet Grey
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She's
So Violet
Georgia O'Keefe | So Violet | THE VIOLET FILES on VIOLET GREY
Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
I found I could say things with COLOR and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no WORDS for.
—   Georgia O'Keefe, artist
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