It's well documented how we feel about Ballet Slippers, Funny Bunny, and every red on record—classics, through and through. There is one beloved manicure finish that we’ve kept on the back burner for quite some time though. It’s been on a gentle simmer, never quite fading away entirely, though certainly less prominent than it once was. We’re referring to the French manicure that took the 90s and early 2000s by storm. It’s now making its triumphant return and we have none other to thank than our darling Essie.
In case you missed it, a little event is going on in New York right now called Fashion Week. This doesn’t mean a great deal for many of us—at least not until those runway looks start trickling down to the racks that we frequent, but there is one thing about the shows that we can get on board with right away and that’s the beauty looks.
We’re most excited about the nail concept from Saturday’s Khaite Spring/Summer 2020 show, created by Editorial Nail Artist Betina Goldstein for Essie. The result was an updated take on the classic French manicure; the wear-with-everything solution for which you've been searching. Lucky for us, our friends at Essie spilled the details on how to make it happen without hitting the nail salon.
Start by applying one layer of Here To Stay Base Coat ($9; ulta.com). Next, you’ll apply two coats of Mademoiselle ($9; ulta.com), allowing the first coat to dry before applying the next. If you apply the second coat too soon, you could wind up with those annoying little polish bubbles.
Once the second coat of Mademoiselle is dry—and we mean bone dry—use a detail brush ($6.86; amazon.com) dipped in Blanc ($8.77; walmart.com) to trace a tiny line along the tip of the nail. A steady hand helps, but just take your time and you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Top with a liberal coat of Speed.Setter Ultra Fast Dry Top Coat ($9.97; walmart.com).
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To keep your cuticles in top form, apply Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($6.21; walmart.com) once your manicure is complete. That’s the secret to making your at-home job look professional grade. You heard it here.