Friday, April 3, 2009

Fun With French Tip Looks!

Above: I started out in the top right corner using my base color from yesterday, NYC Wall Street, then free-handed a french tip using Wet 'n Wild Sparked. In the largest picture I free-handed over the Wall Street using Finger Paints Plum Crazy on my nail bed, leaving the tip untouched in the Sparked. In the lower right corner I simply applied a lighter sheer over the entire nail using Pure Ice in Nasty Girl.
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Good morning! It's Friday, so that makes everything better! I thought it would be fun to show you some looks that are very easy to do and the color combinations are as unlimited as your imagination. When doing a french tip, I used to rely on the Orly French Manicure White Tip Guides, a little packet of pre-cut curved adhesive liners to get the white nail polish on the tip perfectly applied before adding the sheer, overall color. I've been practicing free-handing the tip and I actually prefer the outcome. The problem I found with the tip guides, was that the line looked almost too perfect and stark. Any flaw in your application or placement of the guide seemed magnified. If I wasn't very careful, I ended up with a slight ridge of polish at the point where the sticker edge was on the nail bed. Free-handing is accomplished simply by positioning my finger on the edge of a surface (my desk) at a slight right angle, then placing the brush edge (assuming I'm working on my left hand and I'm right-handed) on the left edge of my nail. Then, holding the brush still, I roll my finger from right to left. You get a clean edge that seems to have a bit of a softer finish at the base of the line. There is no possible residue left over, as was sometimes a problem with the stickers, and the coverage of the tip color seems to be more even. Also, if you're using a base color on your nail bed, with the stickers you risk pulling some of that color off when you remove it after applying your tip color. I still need practice and the examples in the pictures were done quickly, so they are not my neatest work. It is much easier than it sounds, believe me!

7 comments:

  1. This was the idea I was thinking about! All look great! Do you have a problem removing dark Finger Paints? When I removed Artist's Sapphire it stained my nails (I used a basecoat) and my fingers like I was fingerpainting! Maybe that's why it's called that?! Did you experience that?

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  2. Thank you for that helpful tip! I sitting here with my left hand on the edge of my lap top pretending to do this! I've got to go try this!(runs off to get nail polish)!

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  3. Great tips!! Now if only I could actually get a free edge to grow out on my shorties I will be set :)

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  4. Thanks for the tips. Free handing is MUCH easier I have found. Love the color combos, too!

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  5. Great tip. I'm like Brooke in that I need a free edge to paint. I have those guides just sitting there waiting for my nails to grow. I've never had a french manicure in my life. I don't really care for that look. But I do like the manicure with a different colored tip or like the ones you did.

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  6. Nessa~no, I didn't experience that. I use Sally Beauty Secrets and love it for a remover. What do you use?

    Velvet~it's a lot easier than it sounds, I promise :)

    Brooke & Lucy~yes, I guess some tip would be necessary! I'm thinking of cutting mine, they're going to break if they get much longer :/

    Olivia~Glad you like it, and it is pretty easy.

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  7. I just used a Walgreens brand acetone as the remover and usually I don't have a problem with it. I did put on a ton of coats though, maybe that had something to do with it?

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