Wednesday, March 14, 2012

French connection

Okay, let me start by saying that I'm not usually one for trendy nails. But within the right context — a trip to Anthropologie — I saw that pastel-coloured french tipped nails could be quirky-chic and oh so spring-like. Thank you, Sales Associate, for showing me the way.


With a technique inspired by The Beauty Department, I used reinforcement stickers to paint my raspberry tipped coloured french manicure.


And here's how I got the look:

1. I painted two coats of Revlon's Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Provence 040, a dusty light lavender grey colour. I tried to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second.

2. Once completely dry, I cut the reinforcement stickers in half and applied the half-circle to the tips of my nails, pressing them down firmly.

3. I then applied Essie Plumberry to the tips, working from one side of the nail across to the other in one swipe.

4. I anxiously waited for the polish to dry before removing the stickers, then applied two coats of Revlon's Quick Dry Top Coat. Et voila!**

**I had to redo a few nails because I was making dinner and kept smudging them (obviously). What made things a lot easier/way less messy was applying a strip of scotch tape under and across the tips of my nails. This way, instead of inadvertently painting the skin under my nails and having to scrub my fingertips with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover — and consequently taking off some of the polish on my nails — I could simply peel that excess polish away! And this allowed for much more of an Et voila moment!


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