HOW TO: Colored French Manicure
By Karen Moran on October 25, 2011
This week's manicure how to is how to do a colored French manicure.
Now I'm sure you're thinking wait - a French manicure has white tips and some sort of off white or pinkish overlay. Well - technically yes a traditional French does but... who says you can't play with color and add a little spice into a manicure?
Do keep in mind I live in Florida. So while chances are you're buried in sweaters and boots - I'm still wearing flip flops (I know, I know - I'm sorry). As such, I'm still wearing a fair amount of color - hence why I used a hot pink and red. You however can use any coordinating colors you like - maybe a forest green and navy blue - or perhaps the gunmetal dark silvery colors that are hot this fall with a black or dark gray tip. The possibilities are endless!
File your nails like you normally do. Also make sure to invest in a nice good solid base and top coat.
Let dry and then paint nails with two layers of hot pink polish making sure to let each layer dry. So sorry gals - I have no idea what color this hot pink is - it was a freebie I snagged at the Clever Girls Collective party at BlogHer 11 this year in San Diego.
For the French tip part - I used OPI's Oui Bit of Red.
You have one of two options for coloring the French tip part.
Free-hand (which is what I did). Just make sure to go very slowly. A steady hand is easier the slower you go. I find it best to paint the red tip across the curved nail line vs. painting down the nail like you did with the hot pink.
Use French Manicure Guides - With the adhesive guides though - it's more important to have the layers completely dry before applying any more polish. The adhesive guides are rather sticky too and I find they leave residue behind. Simply paint one or two layers on the bottom portion of the nail making sure not to go above the guides. Also - be sure to wait for the polish not only to dry between applying layers but also before removing the guides - they could easily pull wet polish onto the top nail area if they're still wet.
After all - it's only nail polish and you can change it in five minutes. ;)
READ How To: Sparkle Manicure here.
READ How To: Ruffian Manicure here.
READ How To: Turquoise Crackle meets Papaya Punch here.
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