Last night I took off my polish and was trying to figure out what to do. I was feeling like I just wanted something soft and cute and pretty, but I'm really hating the way my nail-whites are looking as of late. (I think its because of this new vitamin regimen I have to do.) So I decided it was time to cover them up! I haven't done a French in forever, so I was pretty dubious.
I know that most people in the polish community think French manicures are boring, safe and lame. That's OK. Maybe I am those things - I'm certainly not a glitter-bomb holo-wearer. Even though not many people will be interested to see this manicure, I thought I'd share anyways. (What the heck right??)
Essie Waltz: 2 coats (for tips)
Essie Mademoiselle: 2 coats
Essie Tennis Corset: 1 coat
It's been overcast so its hard to see the gorgeousness that is Tennis Corset! Here is a better close-up shot:
A night shot from when it was freshly done:
I did this free-hand (I don't like guides...too fussy) so maybe it's not perfect but I really do like the way it came out! Exactly what I wanted - soft and easy, but with a little bit of sparkle. Plus it was really quick. I really loathe spending copius amounts of time on a mani (probably the reason I haven't ventured into Konad-land yet) but this was surprisingly fast!
Essie Waltz is my favourite for French tips because its not really stark so it looks more natural and less porn star. It's also easier to work with because errors are less obvious! Tennis Corset is a milky sheer white with the most amazing gold/green/red microglitter (not quite a shimmer, but not quite a glitter - shitter? (hah!)...no...glimmer?? yes...glimmer is better). I didn't want my nails to look totally white, so using Mademoiselle under it adds a nice pink tint to my nails and goes on non-streaky so it's perfect.
Tennis Corset is one of my favourite polishes of all time - it is in fact the only one I have a back-up of and that's probably a good thing seeing as I haven't had it very long and I'm already 1/4 of the way through my first bottle! It adds that perfect secret sparkle and I can see myself wearing/loving it for a long time to come - even when I have a 'real' job (heh...like that's ever going to happen...let me dream) because it is just subtle enough. It's great layered and I love it on it's own. Again, maybe this makes me boring, but hey, we like what we like!
So to combat my boringness, I am going to tempt you with an Essie Whack-a-Lemming I want to show you soon - my approximation of Essie Starry Starry Night!
Do you guys ever do French manicures? Do you use guides? What are your favourite colours for a French?
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