I'm here today with a confession: I have a love/hate relationship with french manicures. While I do love the soft, clean look of a classic french manicure, I can't stand 75% of the french manis out there. It has gone from "my nails but better" to "BIGGER BLINGIER TACKIER PINK AND WHITES OMG." GROSS.
I really think a funky french can be quite chic if done well, black is the go-to choice for many women but really there's a whole rainbow of colors out there, experiment!! I wish I could just get the hang of doing a french; I've used guides and even when I freehanded it, I just didn't feel like it looked as neat as I wanted. So here is a brief history of my french manicures, in all their glory:
FF #1: Going green!
Zoya Rose with China Glaze Entourage tips.
Rose is a sheer pale pink-y beige shimmer with a green flash. It's really nice by itself, but I thought that green tips would coordinate really well, and Entourage is a pretty spring green with green shimmer. I like it a lot and it did look nice with Rose, but can you tell I had never done this before and I free-handed the tips? Because I totally did.
FF #2: SPARKLE ALL THE TIME edition
Essie Vanity Fairest + OPI Your Royal Shine-ness + OPI Servin' Up Sparkle
I actually really love this look. This was my first time using guides and I thought it came out really well, not perfect but still lovely. Also it is SO FREAKING SPARKLY. Vanity Fairest is a good go-to french base, it's not streaky, has a little bit of shimmer and it brightens up your nails overall. And how can you go wrong with a silver foil and silver holo glitter? I used 2 coats of Servin' Up Sparkle, and it applied really nicely.
FF #3: Black like my soulless heart
Vanity Fairest again + OPI Baby It's Coal Outside + China Glaze Fairy Dust
Again with the Vanity Fairest and the silver holo glitter! I lovelovelove Fairy Dust, it's so pretty and goes with so many colors. I really like Baby It's Coal Outside, it's a rich black that has a lot of shimmer and still manages to look black and not dark grey. Oh man the edges here are super messy looking, even with guides being used. I like the look and I may try this again but I took it off after a day, it was too messy for my tastes.
So there are my 3 attempts at french manicures. What do you think of french manis? Do they make your skin crawl, or are they still chic? Do you have any tips for a french mani n00b such as myself? Let me know in the comments!
love and cupcakes,