Friday, August 5, 2011

Take Two: Wedding French Manis

Hello all! We are starting a new series which we are calling Take Two . Each week, we will pick a different type/theme of mani and both do our takes on it. Then we will put them in a post together so you can see how similarly/differently we execute the same general type of design!

This week's topic is Wedding Appropriate French Manicures. A relative of ours is getting married and we needed something not too obnoxious to wear. Bright blue and neon green aren't really appropriate for weddings ;)

Melissa's Design:

I used a base of 10 Professional Pinky Promise. This was a little thin -- I had some cuticle pooling. I then sponged a white french onto the tips of my nails. Finished with a dotting tool and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Lightning and OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You.

Amanda's Design:

I know black is a little... "out there" to be considered wedding appropriate, but I tried to keep it tame/elegant at the same time. My dress is white and black so I thought a black-tipped french with lace accents could be pretty, but unique at the same time.

I started with three coats of China Glaze Innocence, a sheer baby pink. I have a love-hate relationship with this polish -- it applies fine, but it's so sheer that you can always see the yellow on my nails underneath. A perfect french mani color though. This is probably my most used China Glaze color! Here are some swatches of Innocence:

Then I made black french tips using Sinful Black polish. I always just freehand it -- I hate waiting for my polish to dry completely to use those little guides (same with tape) so I always opt to try myself. I gotta say, I've gotten better at freehanding french manis! My old attempts were futile. Then I used a small paintbrush and made little black loops and finished with little dots on top for the lace accent (can you tell that's what it's supposed to be? haha)


  1. Both of these manicures are beautiful. I enjoy the fact that neither are the typical, extremely tame nails we often see for weddings.

  2. I love both of these!! And I can tell that it's supposed to be lace!

  3. @Pixie -- Would we all really be nail bloggers if we did typical, tame nails? ;)

  4. I love both of these! And the sponging of the white tips is so creative! It's different, yet classic french tip!

  5. I really like this feature! I've been trying to get my sister to collaborate with me on my blog but she isn't into nail painting (she's really into haircare). Anyway, I like both designs!

  6. I can't decide which I like more!
    Cannot wait to see what else you come up with :)
    I have a wedding to go to in 1 month... :D

  7. I love the flower one! So pretty and unique!

  8. Both of the manis are gorgeous! :)


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