I had to go tame with the nail art for a concert over the weekend, so I stayed classy, San Diego with this simple French manicure in classic fall colors.
I started by painting my nails with Define Good… by China Glaze.
After allowing my base color to dry, I painted the tips of my nails with Wrapped in Ribbon from Finger Paints.
I did not paint the tip of my ring finger so that I could turn it into an accent nail with some stamping.
I used the pattern from the bottom row, 4th image from the left on plate BPL-024 from Born Pretty Store to create a fall looking accent nail.
Initially I stamped the full image from the plate but then removed extraneous parts around a single vine from the stamper with some tape. The idea was to let the vine curve along the tip of the nail in place of the classic French tip.
I used Ya Qin An polish in Gold to do the stamping.
As an afterthought, I applied Rich Gold from Sephora + Pantone Universe over the entire ring finger for some additional bling.
Macro shot from the other side so you can see the detail of the vine creeping up the side of my nail.
The look is elegant with just enough sparkle for the holidays.
More than anything, I wanted to take advantage of the fact that my nails have been growing out longer and healthier since my departure from a job that required some very hand abusive activities! It was nice to be able to paint some French tips, which is something that I haven’t done in a long time. Now let’s hope all this cold and dry weather doesn’t ruin my hands instead!