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Talontastic Thursday Tuesday: Tops & Tails

Tuesday, March 02, 2010   |   10 comments

Yes, yes. This series should more correctly be christened "Random Photos of my Manicures Whenever the Hell I Get Around To It" but that just lacks the snappy alliteration of Talontastic Thursday, innit.

To atone for my sins, today's offering is a double whammy of nail varnish porn. 

First up, a French with a golden-tipped twist, inspired in part by Kirstie's handiwork and in part by the reverse French manis at Chanel's Paris-Shanghai show.

No flash, taken outdoors in sunshine.

This is two coats of Chanel Blue Satin topped with Lancôme BB Sand for the tips, and finished off with a layer of Essie Super Duper topcoat

I liked this so much that I set about replicating the effect on my toes, only to discover that the contrasting tip colour made my toenails look freakishly short and even uglier than usual. So I took inspiration from the two-tone manis that CND created for Ruffian at New York Fashion Week and got busy creating crescent moon effects along the bases of my nails (which has the opposite effect of elongating nails a bit!)

Now don't worry, I'm not going to inflict a photo of my hooves upon you. Here it is on my claws instead:

No flash, taken indoors by the window on an overcast day.

I used Essie Matte About You topcoat to create the blackboard paint effect you see here. What do you reckon? I think I prefer a glossy finish that doesn't have me itching to scribble on my nails with chalk...

What nail varnish or other lovely make-up bits are you wearing today?


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  • At 3:33 pm, March 02, 2010, Blogger Anne-Marie said…

    Lynnie this looks fab - and prob a bit easier than doing the tips right?

  • At 4:14 pm, March 02, 2010, Blogger Unknown said…

    Yeh the fact that this a glitter rather than a true polish makes it way easier to control!

    Doing the bases was actually trickier for me, but I was able to just gently push any stray glitter bits back into place without disturbing the colour underneath. You could use a cocktail stick or similar to dollop it on for more control.

  • At 11:24 am, March 03, 2010, Blogger Unknown said…

    Looks fantastic Lynnie! I've a super glam hen party to go to this weekend so I'm experimenting with one coat of Nails Inc Bond Street Lights, a gorgeous silver and Queensgate which is a super glittery disco ball kind of colour. They look fab together, really striking but definitely only suitable for a big night out, bit too sparkly to be wearing in the office.

  • At 5:58 pm, March 03, 2010, Blogger Unknown said…

    Ooooh, sounds absolutely blingtastic Emily! Enjoy the hen :)

  • At 6:51 pm, January 06, 2012, Blogger ilene @ muchloveilly said…

    found this via pinterest! so fantastic!!!

  • At 10:50 am, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love the second picture!
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  • At 1:35 am, November 06, 2012, Blogger Unknown said…

    i also found this on pinterest!! super cute im totally copying some of these!!! <3

  • At 5:33 pm, November 09, 2012, Blogger Unknown said…

    I'm delighted to have provided some inspiration, Alexandra - thanks for your lovely comment x

  • At 6:05 pm, November 10, 2012, Blogger Aahuti Mistry said…

    I want to do this one. Still struggling. Looks fab on your nails (2nd one especially). Can you give "DIY" pointers pls?

  • At 3:07 pm, November 12, 2012, Blogger Unknown said…

    Aahuti - sure!

    First, I painted the nails black all over, then I added the semi-circular gold glitter at the base. (I didn't use any special tools for this mani, just the brushes of the nail polishes themselves.)

    Rather than using a painting motion, I find it best to daub on glitter polish like this to achieve maximum coverage. Remove excess polish from the brush by wiping it on the neck of the bottle as you take it out, so that you're not diluting the glitter with the base colour.

    Try starting in the centre and then working towards the edges as there'll be less glitter on your brush so it will be easier to control its placement and achieve those tapered edges.

    Remember, you can always gently push any rogue glitter pieces back into the design while they're wet and moveable to keep the edges tidy.

    Hope that helps x


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