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manic[ure] monday: “something borrowed”

10/31/2011 46 Comments

manic[ure] monday: “something borrowed”

10/31/2011 46 Comments

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!

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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.

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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!

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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46 Comments

  • ohmyoldsoul 10/01/2014 at 8:51 pm

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

    <3Jess

  • Panache 05/30/2014 at 9:24 am

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

  • Barbara | Wrinkle Treatment Toronto 05/28/2014 at 1:52 pm

    Love this!

  • Mirror of Health & Fashion 02/16/2014 at 7:06 pm

    love it

  • venatrix 09/28/2013 at 10:32 am

    I liked that movie :) great idea!

  • Sallie 04/17/2013 at 4:39 pm

    Simple but professional. I like.

  • Amy 01/14/2013 at 7:29 pm

    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

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  • Courtney Hartmann 12/23/2011 at 10:45 am

    I love the manicure – the gold does look tricky though! I want to try this holiday nail look also with glitter. :) http://www.taaz.com/trends/nails/best-holiday-nail-polishes/-QNXn10aTSdLqbKrhdSBGtry9A6pPgqR.html

  • That one asian 12/03/2011 at 7:58 pm

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

  • BridgetBishop 11/30/2011 at 8:35 am

    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

  • CuteAndBronzed.com 11/25/2011 at 7:50 am

    totally love its

  • Anonymous 11/25/2011 at 7:49 am

    I totally love it

    http://www.cuteandbronzed.com

  • TJ 11/22/2011 at 2:14 am

    Your nails looks beautiful

  • Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons 11/19/2011 at 10:52 pm

    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.

  • Aaria 11/15/2011 at 1:05 am

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

  • Nicole 11/14/2011 at 2:03 pm

    That looks fantastic!

  • Jessica 11/14/2011 at 4:47 am

    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!!

  • kerri3lyss 11/12/2011 at 3:22 pm

    I like, yo.

  • Vedette 11/10/2011 at 6:32 pm

    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!

  • Anonymous 11/09/2011 at 11:48 pm

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

  • Maria 11/09/2011 at 12:15 pm

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

  • thecurvyspine 11/08/2011 at 7:08 am

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

  • Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} 11/04/2011 at 9:53 pm

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

  • Anonymous 11/04/2011 at 12:23 am

    Very cute!

  • Anonymous 11/03/2011 at 11:28 pm

    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.

  • thingsbyrebecca 11/03/2011 at 11:27 pm

    gorgeous :) xx

  • Steff 11/03/2011 at 7:21 pm

    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!

  • Stephanie 11/03/2011 at 12:15 am

    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.

  • lyddiegal 11/02/2011 at 9:13 pm

    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!!

  • Laura 11/02/2011 at 8:05 pm

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

    alittlebitoflacquer.blogspot.com

  • Amy 11/02/2011 at 12:18 pm

    super cute

  • Millie 11/02/2011 at 12:35 am

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

  • Kassie Nichole 11/01/2011 at 11:31 am

    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! :)

  • Becky 11/01/2011 at 11:28 am

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

  • A Skirt With Pockets 11/01/2011 at 10:17 am

    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.

  • chill air & perfume (@chill_air) 11/01/2011 at 9:58 am

    Gorgeous! I need to stop biting my nails :/

    http://www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

  • Vive La Luxe 11/01/2011 at 9:42 am

    Very lovely !!

  • Martina 11/01/2011 at 8:26 am

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

  • Stefanie 11/01/2011 at 5:41 am

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

  • Cecilia Oviedo 11/01/2011 at 12:28 am

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

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Lisa 10/31/2011 at 11:32 pm

    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!

  • Joanne 10/31/2011 at 10:44 pm

    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:)

  • Sydney 10/31/2011 at 9:39 pm

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

  • Amber from Real Girl Glam 10/31/2011 at 9:21 pm

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

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