Have you noticed how some advertisements have a teeny little footnote/disclaimer at the end telling you about what might not be quite accurate in what's displayed in the photos? Well, I am going to start my post with a small one too. I have labeled this nail art a "sideways French manicure," but I am not really sure if that's what it's called or if "it" even has a name. So if any of you know better, please let me know in the comments below :) That done, on to this really easy nail art: As would be obvious from the title, this is French manicure for people (me) who cannot figure out the traditional way of doing a stripe along the nail tips. I don't know how to do it - it looks plain stupid whenever I try it on myself - and the horizontal stripe just makes my short nails look stubbier. This "sideways French" is the easier version, and because the stripes are along the length of the nail, it also gives an illusion of slimmer/longer nails.
The colors I have used are from Maybelline India's new Color Show range of nail polishes - Buried Treasure (a pewter-bronze metallic finish) and Ladies' Night (a beautiful metallic blue). I wasn't able to get a very accurate photo of Buried Treasure because of its metallic finish. It looks a deeper bronze under artificial lighting.
|Maybelline India Color Show Nail Polish (Rs. 75) - Buried Treasure and Ladies' Night|
Check other shades HERE.
|How To: Sideways French Manicure|
2. Apply a thin stripe of the blue polish - Ladies' Night - along the side of the nail. You can apply a tape to get a perfect line, but I didn't bother with it. Just run the brush in one smooth motion from base of nail to the tip. It's okay if you get it around the nail edge - as I have done in the photo. The one important thing to remember is to keep the stripe thin, less than 1/4 of the entire nail width.
3. Take a Q-tip (cotton bud) dipped in nail polish remover and carefully wipe all the excess polish from around the edges. Because this is a dark color, change to a clean Q-tip every time you wipe the polish to avoid staining the skin any more. If you need a more precise clean, use a small eyeliner brush dipped in remover to take off bits of polish that remain after using the cotton.
4. Finish with a top coat to seal in the two polishes and give the nail an even, smooth, glossy appearance.
And that's my cleaned and polished nails.
This is the easiest nail art I have tried so far. It took me hardly any time to do - took longer to clean up than to actually apply the polish because I have some dry skin around my nails that polishes just lovvve to stick to. Anywhoo, do give this a try, and send me pics if you do :D