The Nail Files
A model shows what the reverse French manicure with a twist looks like. Photo: Snapper
For a long time, nail art was up there with blue eyeliner and spiral perms as a trend best forged and forgotten. But fast forward to 2012 and it seems everyone from Nan to your next-door neighbour is reviving this retro rage. "We're seeing lots of variation in nail art, from metallic foils to two-toned manicures, right through to crackle top coats that give nail polish an antique-looking finish," says celebrity manicurist Melisa Giraldo from Sydney's Fifty-Four Park St Day Spa.
When it comes to choosing a standout style for winter, the experts are quick to point out the return of the French manicure. Only this time, there's a twist ... "Unlike the classic French polish, with its soft-pink base and white tips, we're opting for nude-toned lacquers such as vanilla, caramel or beige, teamed with a dark tip, like navy, nickel-grey or wine-red, for contrast," says OPI educator and stylist Karon McKendrick-Taylor.
If you're keen to try your hand at creating the look at home, keeping your nails short is key to pulling off the design.
"Although long nails were a staple on the runway this season, for a more keyboard-friendly take on the trend, try filing your nails level with the fingertip and [making] the edges 'squoval' [part square, part oval]," advises Giraldo. "It not only looks more modern, but the shorter the nail, the stronger the tip, which also means less chipping."
And speaking of nuisance nicks, unlike with a straight-up manicure, the beauty of the French is that when your chips are down (so to speak), a quick touch-up across the tips is all it takes to eke an extra day or two out of your handiwork.
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