Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Easy Valentine's Day Mani!

I may be single AF, but I appreciate Valentine's Day. I love all things pink and purple, so clearly this holiday is up there for me. Not to mention it opens the door for tons of fun content! With that being said, be sure to check back tomorrow for my Galentine's gift guide and I'll have a few more tutorials before the big day :)

To me there is something about a variation on a classic that leads to so many endless possibilities. This is my very girly and feminine take on the french manicure which is perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you want a little something extra. 

 To start make sure you wash your nails with soap and water to get off any excess oil or polish remover. First go in with a sheer polish, I used OPI Sweet Memories to create a base that will add shine to the overall result, you can skip this step if you'd like to save time.

Next take your pink polish, I used Butter London in Teddy Girl which is one of my all time fave pinks, and make a V shaped starting about half way down the side of your nail. You can make these as big or as small as you'd like, I went pretty big for mine. I also went in and did two coats to get the polish to be as opaque as possible.  

 Once the V shape dries, go in with your french accent color.  I went with one of my fave lines of polish the Marc Jacobs Beauty in Gatsby which is a coppery, rose gold color (the website calls it a metallic champagne pink which are 3 of my favorite words). Starting on the top corner of your nail, slowly drag half of the brush over the top of your nail while rotating your finger towards the brush. The key for a free hand french, is to move the finger, NOT the brush. You can make the line as thick or thin as you'd like, but by moving the finger you have more control over the precision of the french tip.

Last, go in with your go-to top coat, mine is the Scehe Vite fast drying top coat. This is my favorite, holy grail top coat of all time. Viola, you have a mani that is cute and looks like it took a lot more time than it did, xo! 

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