Manicure Monday: Kicking Up the Classic French

I have to apologize – my Mani Monday post wasn’t uploaded first thing this morning.  Between finals week, job interviews, and trying to pack my life away, the fact that I’m graduating in less than two weeks is bringing my life to a halt.  But it’s also been the inspiration for this week’s Mani Monday!

I usually get bummed out when I have do take off my funky nail polish for a job interview.  I understand that I should look presentable, and hot pink crackle polish doesn’t always scream “Hire me!”  But I do like to have fun with my nails.  If you’ve read my other posts, you know by now it’s a slight obsession.  This week, I tried to figure out how to combine classy and funky in a manicure that would be perfect to blog about, but also perfect to wear for an interview.

The answer?  A French manicure … with a little twist.

This mani is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Base coat.  (Normally, I do one coat, the French stripe, and a second coat of my base color.  This time, I chose a slightly darker base coat, so I didn’t do the white stripe underneath because it covers it up too much.)
  2. White tip alla  French manicure.
  3. Add some glitter!

I started off with OPI’s Sand in my Suit.  I love this color because it’s a neutral without disappearing on my nails.  It has a golden shimmer that’s slightly darker than my skin, but it somehow makes me look tanner than I am, even in the dead of winter.  This is quite a bit darker than a normal French manicure base, but I’m throwing the rules out the window, right?  Right.  As I said before, usually the process for a French mani is base coat, white tip, second base coat.  But since Sand in my Suit is dark, it covers the white tip and shows any flaws in it.  So for this manicure, I did two coats of my base color first.

For the white tip, I love to use Kiss’s Nail Art Paint in White.  You’ll find that I actually use these polishes quite often.  They’re very versatile, even when I’m just using basic colors.  Using them for something as precise as a French manicure might take some time, but I promise you it isn’t as hard as it looks.  The brush is so tiny that as long as you take your time, you’ll get a good result.  Another plus of using these (as opposed to French manicure sticker sets) is that you can make the white tip as thin or as thick as you’d like.  I like to keep it pretty thin because I tend to think the thicker ones make my nails look fake.

You could stop there – after all, there is nothing wrong with a basic French mani.  I think it’s beautiful, elegant, and perfect for almost any occasion.  I wanted to add another twist into this week’s French mani with some glitter!  A single line of Kiss’s Nail Art Paint in Silver Glitter just above the white tip adds a whole new glam dimension to you look.  Would you try this manicure out?


About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

2 comments on “Manicure Monday: Kicking Up the Classic French

  1. […] I started the design with my accent nail.  I really couldn’t wait to try out the design I had in mind – blood drops.  This look doesn’t always have to be so … bloody.  In fact, you could use it any other time of year if you swap dark red out for bright colors.  It’ll look like paint drops!  Creating the drops is easier than you’d think.  Create three small dots in varying places on your nail using a dark red color.  I used Essie’s Bordeaux.  Drag the dot of polish down to the tip of your nail.  Finish the look by sweeping the polish across the tip of your nail, like a French manicure. […]

  2. […] then created a French manicure on my pinkies, middle fingers and thumbs with Zoya’s Snow White. I have a pretty steady hand, […]

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