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20 Harry Potter Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Manicure

It’s been over 20 years since the release of the “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and the hysteria surrounding this page-turning fantasy series isn’t even close to dying down.

Indeed, there’s a collection of Potter-heads out there who will spare no expense for the chance at adding the perfect piece to their memorabilia collection. And with the 2016 advent of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood, there’s no limit to the amount of money this franchise can potentially milk from its fans.

But more impressive than the cash that Potterheads spend on proving their fandom is the creative way in which the fans pay homage to the series through their art. Of course, there’s the usual suspects of fan-art and Cosplay, but some Potterheads take their fandom to new levels. A little-known fact is that there is an entire community on Instagram devoted to Harry Potter-themed nail art. And some of the designs are downright magical. We’ve compiled a list of the most eye-catching Harry Potter-themed nail art on Instagram.

1. The Hogwarts Skyline

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Nothing takes you straight into the world of Harry Potter more than a great landscape portrait of the Hogwarts grounds. This nail look truly takes our breath away.

2. Wear-able Harry

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A quick search of “Harry Potter nails” on Instagram can turn up quite a few results of elaborate nail designs that look better online than they would on your hands. That’s why looks like the one above are perfect for Potter-head who prefers a more toned-down look. 

3. Minimalist Hallows

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Another minimalist design, we love how unusual this Harry Potter nail look is. While many HP enthusiasts commit to intricate nail-bed paintings, this person opted for a simple gold french tip paired with a matching Deathly Hallows symbol.

4. The Three Amigos

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Sure, the Deathly Hallows symbol is cute and all, but the real star of the magical book series is the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. If it were on our hands, we know we wouldn’t be able to keep our eyes off a design like this 

5. Adorably Harry

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As much as we love the later installments of the series, we can’t help but hold a special place in our hearts for “The Sorcerer’s Stone”. We love this delightful design that includes the legendary line, “You’re a wizard, Harry”.

6. Dobby Love

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Up there with Hagrid, Dobby is one of the most beloved supporting characters in the Potter-Universe. He deserves his own Dobby-themed nail art like the delightful designs above.

7. Hogwarts Houses

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Contrary to popular belief, no one can force you to choose between Hogwarts houses. They all have their qualities! That’s why we love this nail look that reps all of the houses equally.

8. Painted Patronus 

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We stan Harry Potter nail designs that think outside of the box. We love that this nail artist included Harry’s noble stag patronus. In these striking designs, it’s as if each nail tells a separate story.

9. Simply Slytherin

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Slytherins get a bad rep. While practically all of the series’ villains hail from this serpentine house, even J.K. Rowling herself has gone on record to state that Slytherins are “sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood”. What’s more sleek than this stunning emerald-green look with a lone snake on the ring finger?

10. Fantastic Beasts

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The red-headed step child (no shade to the Weasleys) of the Potter Universe , the “Fantastic Beasts” spin-off doesn’t get as much love as the main attraction. But the prequel series definitely has a beautiful asthetic, as is evidenced by this navy and perriwinkle creation that features a gorgeous Thunderbird.

11. The Tale of Three Brothers

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Written by Beedle the Bard, “The Tale of the Three Brothers” is the fable of three wizarding brothers who were gifted the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak by Death himself. This artist truly out-did herself with such a loving (and accurate) depiction of the story on her nails.

12. The Flying Ford

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Who could forget the historic scene of Harry and Ron escaping Number 4 Privet driving in a Flying Ford Anglia? This is one of the most creative Harry Potter nail themes we’ve ever come across!

13. The Nail Synopsis

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If you can’t make up your mind about your favorite aspect of the Harry Potter series, do like the person above and create a nail design sampler, so to speak. This Potter-themed look has everything from Hedwig, to Platform 9 and Three-Quarters to the elusive Snitch. Why choose one design when you can have them all?

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13. These Potterpuff twinkle toes

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15. These Jelly Bean Nails

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16. These nails that reach out to HP cousins.

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17. These super sweet and simple HP nails

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18. These slippery Slytherin nails.

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19. These nails that are up to no good.

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20. These nails made for the ultimate golden snitch match.

Whippd Cosmetics Is Launching Nude Glosses for Black Women

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Whippd Cosmetics Is Launching Nude Glosses for Black Women

Remember the terrible days when “nude” shoes were on-trend and Black women everywhere were forced to take part in something that was meant for white women? Welp, the nude lip trend has done quite a bit of not so great favors for women of color as well. Fortunately, the black-owned beauty shop Whippd Cosmetics is blessing Black women with nude glosses that work for all of our skin tones.

On June 27, Rachel Robins the entrepreneur behind the Whippd brand announced that she’d be launching a line of nude glosses for Black women.

“I created 6 nude lip glosses made with black women in mind and I just want them to go viral! Twitter do your thing,” Robins wrote in a tweet that featured a video displaying the line with meltaonin-rich shades.

Soon enough, Twitter did do its thing and her post wrangled in over 50,000 likes and 26,000 retweets. Speaking to Teen Vogue Robins says she was “extremely shocked but also humbled” by the support she received from Twitter. “So many people messaged me about how the collection made them feel seen. It warmed my heart and was the extra boost I needed to keep going.”

Whippd Cosmetics’ first launch, called the Coco Collection, will include six different nude shades.

The glosses are rich with pigments that cater to Black women who are so often overlooked by beauty brands that still use words like “nude” to cover only a portion of the beauty market. After all, what big brands call “nude” typically works for white women only.

Speaking about her own personal experiences, Robins says she wanted to create nude lip glosses that cater specifically for Black women.

“My experience of trying to find the perfect nude lip color to match me was always unsuccessful,” Robins explained. “The colors I would use would either be too light, too dark or have a blaring red undertone. I would often have to mix together my own shades and I knew other black women have encountered the same issue while shopping for the perfect nude lip.”

The gloss shades launched on July 1st and are available on WhippdCosmetics.com.

The Coco Collection promises to “compliment your complexion” with colors that as sweet-sounding as their names are. From latte, amaretto, butterscotch to brown sugar, ebony, and truffle these shades will sweeten your heart. While the entire collection costs $48, each gloss goes for $10.

If Whippd’s new gloss line isn’t exciting enough, you’ll likely fall in love with their line of body butters and scrubs which are infused with essential oils.

Sephora Announced It’s Finally Taking Mink False Eyelashes Off Of Its Shelves

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Sephora Announced It’s Finally Taking Mink False Eyelashes Off Of Its Shelves

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When it comes to buying products we all have a responsibility to know where our dollars go.

And while in the world of beauty it might seem a bit tricky to be conscientious of animal rights and our planet… it’s so essential. Fortunately, Sephora agrees and their latest announcement confirms it!

Recently, Sephora announced that it would no longer sell mink-based lashes online or in-store in an effort to combat animal cruelty.

Speaking to Allure this week, the big-box beauty store announced that they had started 2020 with efforts to phase mink lashes out of its stock. This week, after animal rights activist organization PETA launched a campaign demanding that the brand do so, the retailer confirmed that when it comes to false eyelashes they are going completely mink-free.

“Following a PETA campaign and emails from more than 280,000 concerned shoppers, Sephora has confirmed that it has banned mink-fur eyelashes and will purchase only synthetic or faux-fur lashes going forward,” PETA shared in a statement about the decision.

In a graphic video about the trading and selling of mink fur which is often used for coats and fake eyelashes, the organization urged Sephora to stop selling the beauty product.

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The organization lambasted fur farms in its statement saying “As PETA pointed out in its letters to Sephora, mink fur typically comes from fur farms, where stressed minks frantically pace and circle endlessly inside cramped wire cages and many languish from infections or broken or malformed limbs. Some minks even self-mutilate as a result of the intensive confinement, chewing into their own limbs or tails. At the end of their miserable lives, they’re gassed or electrocuted or their necks are broken.”

Confirming their decision to take mink off of its shelves, Sephora wrote in a statement that they “have always been committed to upholding the highest standards of beauty, and we take our responsibility to communicate transparently and honestly with our clients about the products we carry seriously.”

The brand went on to say that they shared with PETA “earlier this year we had already decided to begin phasing mink products out of our assortment in 2020. We have only ever offered products our clients can trust and we stand by the people and partners who have made the Sephora experience what it is today.”