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Dress up your nude manicure
March 22, 2015, 2:59 pm

Nudes, pale pinks, creamy whites, and barely-there hues, yet again, ranked in popularity according to worldwide fashionistas, proving that the trend has yet to slow down since it started to appear on just about everyone’s fingertips early last year. What neutrals lack in pizazz, they make up for in versatility and transition. Still, it is easy to get bored with this shade, as it doesn’t have the same allure as a ruby red polish. This color palette might be popular at the moment, but there is no reason to get bored. Take a look at the tips below for a few quick ways to not only dress up the nude manicure trend but also to keep it looking its absolute best.

Go for a Half Moon:  If you like nail art in its most subtle form, try painting on a half-moon to your nude manicure. For instance, paint your nails with a base coat before highlighting the semi-circle shape at the bottom of the nail bed with a sheer, creamy white. If you are worried about being unable to stay in the lines, here is a quick trick; paint on the polish and then taking a clean, angled brush dipped in polish remover, remove the color outside of the lines. You can also use tape or a sticker if you are worried about it getting messy.

Try a French Manicure: You can create a “modern French manicure” by picking an extremely pale shade and painting it on top of your nail without adding in a white tip. Your white free edge will act as a subtle version of that classic exaggerated tip. However, if you do want to try a white tip, you are going to want to keep it clean. To do this, move very quickly with your sheer white polish over the tip and brush from left to right. You will get a better line if you move faster rather than slower.

Stick on decorations: Those that want a little more glam without the pain of removing glitter should reach for jewels or stick-on studs. Paint on two coats of your desired shade and before the coats completely dry, carefully add on a few studs using a toothpick or an extremely thin paintbrush.

Create an Ombre Color Palette:  Instead of picking just one nude or light color, sponge on two or three neutral hues in an ombre gradient, making sure to sponge with less lacquer in the areas where they connect.

Geometric Stripes: Paint on a thin stripe of glitter polish over a nude or barely-there polish hue. To start off, choose a clear matte color in order to create a negative space effect. Then, select a shiny nail polish to paint the stripe, one that has an extra pop of shine.


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