Ah, the French mani.
Every nail artist enthusiast must pay respects to this look, no matter how much
it was overplayed in the past. Still, I’d say it’s about time to revamp the stuffy
white and light pink combo. My solution? Take two of hottest trends this
second, colorblocking and neon, and revitalize this classic. It’s quick, it’s
simple and – best of all – it’s soo summery!
Polishes and tools
Sally Hansen Hard as
Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color, Mellow Yellow, $3, drugstore.com
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, Chartreuse, $8, drugstore.com
Note: Nail art pens
aren’t necessary – you can use a thin paintbrush or nail art brush – but
they’re very helpful. If you opt for the
tip guides or hole reinforcers for the half moon or the French tip, wait at
least an extra half hour so that the sticker doesn’t rip off any polish. I got
too antsy before and I had to start all over. Lesson learned: never do nail art
painting a clear coat, paint your base coat. Let dry.
2. Create an
arch at the base of your nail for your half moon. Let dry.
Tip: Start small and
increase in size if you want it to be more noticeable.
3. To get a
clean, even French tip, place your brush or nail pen near the left cuticle –
without touching it – and gradually roll your finger away from where the pen started.
The goal is to keep the pen still and let your finger do all the work.
4. Cover with a
clear coat and voilà!
Are you a fan of this French mani revival? Blog about it,
BY KARMEN FOX ON 5/31/2012 12:00:00 PM
POSTED IN trend, beauty, how to, tips, nails, summer, diy mani