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Inspiration: The Beauty Department

Base: Essie’s Ballet Slippers

Am I the only one who finds DIY French manicures impossibly difficult? Over the years, I’ve bought at least a dozen packs of these drugstore nail guide stickers to try to master the perfect clean tip, only to experience a dozen frustrating fails. The polish never peels off just right, you know?

Solution? Ditch the polish and draw the tip color with a permanent marker.

If you goof, you can carefully clean things up with a small brush and rubbing alcohol.

I’ve wanted to give this DIY mani a try for the longest, and I finally gave it a go last night. I couldn’t find a Sharpie around the house, but the permanent Bic number I scoured from the kitchen junk drawer did the job. Next time I think I’ll use a gold or silver Sharpie!

Note: I didn’t have much luck with a topcoat; the black smeared when I brushed the polish over it. The Beauty Department suggests a topcoat, so maybe be sure the marker is completely dry before applying or skip it altogether.

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  1. 12.11.19
    Marylou said:

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  2. 6.15.14

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  3. 6.12.14
    Shruti said:

    Nice idea i love this I think i will try it with blue and gold and will post it on blog . Kool idea.

  4. 5.31.14
    Grace said:

    Wow, that’s a good idea! I can totally relate: all those DIY tape French Manicure nail videos on YouTube look SO easy, but they’re n-o-t. The nail polish never peels off right, just like you said!

  5. 5.7.14

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  11. 2.28.14

    It looks so easy! Thanks for the tip! xx

  12. 2.28.14

    cool idea – I will try it :)

  13. 2.27.14
    Ju Costa said:

    Congratulations my darling!
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  14. 2.26.14

    Reblogged this on The Quiet TrendSetter.

  15. 2.26.14
    mywardrobes said:

    Looks great, love your rings :)

  16. 2.26.14

    It looks great! :-) xx

  17. 2.26.14

    I like it!!!

  18. 2.25.14

    They turned out great

  19. 2.25.14
    badkins5 said:

    How simple! I love the idea… I wear black so often this is a great way to incorporate black on my nails without painting them entirely! LOVE

  20. 2.25.14

    You can also use drafting dots (found at craft stores with the drawing supplies), they’re just like little painter’s tape dots used by architects!

  21. 2.25.14
    bohoclub said:

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  23. 2.25.14
    delph said:

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  24. 2.25.14

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing x

  25. 2.25.14
    tanicr said:

    So cool! I love it

  26. 2.25.14
    LucyBre said:

    Why didn’t I think of this?!

  27. 2.25.14
    Leah said:

    What are the curved stickers that you use to create the “tip”?

    • 2.25.14

      They’re stickers made for using as a guide when painting on French tips. You can find them at most drugstores!

  28. 2.25.14

    Really nice!

  29. 2.25.14

    This looks amazing!
    xo Anastacia

  30. 2.25.14
    Amy said:

    so going to try this out.

  31. 2.25.14

    i LOVE ballet slippers by Essie!!

  32. 2.25.14

    Super cute and simple. Thanks for sharing.

  33. 2.25.14
    rhiannon said:

    looks awesome! great job!

  34. 2.25.14

    I need to test this DIY out. I ALWAYS fail at creative manicures ;)

  35. 2.25.14
    PigLove said:

    This looks so cool. Must get mommy to try! XOXO – Bacon

  36. 2.25.14

    Wooooow, I really like it ! It is so cute, and class !
    Thank you for the method :D

  37. 2.25.14
    marcyjb said:

    So chic! I love the contrast black.

  38. 2.25.14
    divinemzm said:

    You inspired my next manicure!

  39. 2.25.14

    Wauw it looks amazing!