manic[ure] monday: “something borrowed”

Last night I suffered through watched Something Borrowed on DVD. I heard all the terrible reviews, but being the big Kate Hudson fan I am, I thought I needed to see it for myself. Unfortunately, I can’t get those two hours back, but I did spot a cute mani on Kate in one scene. It was a modern french manicure with a beige base, black tips, and a little bit of gold.

Cue the lineup!

Essie all-in-one base | Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in Beige Blast | Essie polish in Devils Advocate | Sinful Colors nail art polish

Start with clean nails and a thin coat of base.


Next, apply two coats of beige polish to the entire nail. I used a fast-drying formula to try to save a little time. Letting the polish dry completely is crucial. When you think the beige is dry, give it 15 more minutes, just to be sure. Trust me on this one.

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After the beige polish is bone dry, apply french manicure strips to each nail. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use scotch tape, and I’m sure that works, too! I just like the shape of these strips — a little more rounded than straight across. Then carefully apply the black  to the tips above each strip.

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More drying time! Give your pinkies lots of time to dry completely, otherwise your tips won’t be straight when you remove the strip. And then all that time you spent letting the first two coats dry will all be in vain. When the dark polish is no longer tacky, oh-so-carefully remove each strip. Don’t panic if some of your beige base comes off with the strip — just touch it up.

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Adding the gold line is the trickiest part. My hands shake like a leaf when I try to do any kind of close detail work, and the perfectionist in me had a tough time accepting that an immaculate hairline gold detail just wasn’t in the cards. Instead, I used the old liquid eyeliner trick: Make small dashes across the nail right underneath the black tip, then connect all of the dashes together to make a smooth line. Voila!

I sealed everything up with two good coats of the all-in-one base (which actually helped mask some of the imperfections). In all, this manicure took almost as long as sitting through the movie. But unlike the latter, I had something to show for it when I was finished!

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  1. 10.1.14

    Love this mani and your blog! Can’t wait to see more! check me out @


  2. 5.30.14
    Panache said:

    Really, All of awesome collection. Presently, i am using One 3″ More Inches by Michael Van Clarke on very cheap rate from Panache Cosmetics.

  3. 5.28.14

    Love this!

  4. 2.16.14
    Mirror of Health & Fashion said:

    love it

  5. 9.28.13
    venatrix said:

    I liked that movie :) great idea!

  6. 4.17.13
    Sallie said:

    Simple but professional. I like.

  7. 1.14.13
    Amy said:

    Gorgeous nails, tried myself and with the stickers moved them just below the black tip and with a fine brush followed the edge of the sticker, really helps to get a neat line because I too shake like mad! x

  8. 12.23.11
    Courtney Hartmann said:

    I love the manicure – the gold does look tricky though! I want to try this holiday nail look also with glitter. :)

  9. 12.3.11
    That one asian said:

    hey now! I liked that movie :) haha, great idea!

  10. 11.30.11
    BridgetBishop said:

    Looks so pretty! Although, couldn’t you do the gold first, and let that dry completely, then put tape over that so you could just do the black over the gold? I’m less of a nail perfectionist because I do not possess the steady hand it requires, so one coat of black would satisfy me. Awesome post! <33

  11. 11.25.11

    totally love its

  12. 11.25.11
    Anonymous said:

    I totally love it

  13. 11.22.11
    TJ said:

    Your nails looks beautiful

  14. 11.19.11

    Really cute mani! I wouldn’t have thought to do the double tip. It’s a nice look, and a cheap way to spice up an everyday look.

  15. 11.15.11
    Aaria said:

    Wow beautiful…. i really like your nails…. looks really cool..thanks for sharing. :)

  16. 11.14.11
    Nicole said:

    That looks fantastic!

  17. 11.14.11
    Jessica said:

    Stumbled on your page, I love your post! What a great look, I love the gold line under the black tip. Can’t wait to try this one!!

  18. 11.12.11

    I like, yo.

  19. 11.10.11
    Vedette said:

    I loves these nails :) theyre really classy looking but at the same time theyre really fun looking too. I cannot wait to try this out. thanks for the tutuorial!

  20. 11.9.11
    Anonymous said:

    you’re nails are perfect! this is a great idea. nicely donee!

  21. 11.9.11
    Maria said:

    Indeed… The touch of gold is gorgeous and really shakes things up!

  22. 11.8.11

    I wish I could do that to my nails, they look beautiful :-)

  23. 11.4.11

    Very pretty! And thanks for the heads-up on that movie…I guess I won’t be renting that ;-)

  24. 11.4.11
    Anonymous said:

    Very cute!

  25. 11.3.11
    Anonymous said:

    Very pretty. You could have done the gold with the tape on and then moved the tape so it covered the line and painted black over it if you wanted the gold to be a perfect line.

  26. 11.3.11

    gorgeous :) xx

  27. 11.3.11
    Steff said:

    I love this! What brand of strips did you use? I seem to have bad luck with those, but the ones you used look like they work great!

  28. 11.3.11
    Stephanie said:

    I read the book and loved it. The movie was good, but only because I read the book. I can see why some people wouldn’t of liked it as much. I find that since I loved the book so much, it would have taken a lot to ruin the movie for me lol. Anyways, gorgeous nails! I’ll have to try this one when mine grow a little more.

  29. 11.2.11
    lyddiegal said:

    Yeah… something borrowed was quite painful. Especially since the book was wonderful… but I have to say this manni is quite adorable, i’ll have to try it out!!

  30. 11.2.11
    Laura said:

    Gorgeous nails! Grr I need to make time for myself to do my nails! Thanks so much for the fun idea!

  31. 11.2.11
    Amy said:

    super cute

  32. 11.2.11
    Millie said:

    Love the manicure!! And yes, I agree. Something Borrowed was absolutely awful. I was so disappointed! (and bored)

  33. 11.1.11

    Oh my, yes that movie was horrible. John Krasinski was easily the best thing about it.

    On a more positive note, I LOVE the mani and will for sure be trying it soon! :)

  34. 11.1.11
    Becky said:

    Ohh love it!!! Your nails, not the movie ;)

  35. 11.1.11

    Whoa, I could never pull that off myself. Maybe on my left hand, but my poor right hand would look a hot mess! It’s a lovely look, though. I’ll have to keep that in mind for the one time a year I get my nails professionally done.

  36. 11.1.11

    Gorgeous! I need to stop biting my nails :/

  37. 11.1.11

    Very lovely !!

  38. 11.1.11
    Martina said:

    Next time, do a gold tip first and then cover with the black. :)

  39. 11.1.11
    Stefanie said:

    The touch of gold is gorgeous and really shakes things up!

  40. 11.1.11

    Wow don’t think I’ve ever seen similar mani, love blue and gold together!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  41. 10.31.11
    Lisa said:

    Your nails look really good! Mine never turn out that well when I’m doing just one color. :) guess I’m not patient enough. You rock!

  42. 10.31.11
    Joanne said:

    I’m sorry you didn’t like the movie. Try the book, its really good! And I love this, soo chic but understated. You have gorg nails btw:)

  43. 10.31.11
    Sydney said:

    love it! What a great idea! I agree with you about the movie, terrible haha

  44. 10.31.11

    LOVE this mani! Such a modern twist on a classic look. Definitely need to try this!