In an effort to get into a cozy fall mood, I searched for a little fall fashion inspiration and fell a little in love with the brown and white color palette Instagrammer Mary Lawless Lee wears so effortlessly. I decided to give it a try on my nails first and must say that it is indeed giving me all the fall vibes (even if I’m still not quite ready for it).
I haven’t painted my nails in ages, and it’s actually really nice to see colorful fingertips again. It makes me feel more feminine and I notice my hands MUCH more… I catch glimpses and take note of the way the move, wondering if they act differently when they’re painted vs when they’re not painted, as if they have a mind of their own and they’re putting on a show. Maybe this is the way they always act but they only gain my attention when they’re painted? I’m not sure, but either way, I’m loving this manicure 🙂
Here’s What I Used…
I rummaged through my nail polish colors and found these 5 similar-hued brown tones from Essie, OPI and Sally Hansen, all available at your local drugstore. None of these are new, however, the Essie Expressie shades are from a 2020 collab of fall nail colors I loved!
I do wish I had a darker brown to add to the mix because the two neutral colors look very similar and the rusty orange stands out a little on its own… but it got the job done.
Here’s How I Did it…
Choose your nail/color layout and apply two coats of each color to each nail… and of course, let dry.
French Tip Hack!
I actually saw this on TikTok and was dying to try it. They used a silicon stamper (from what it looked like) and I thought I’d try an old beauty blender I’ve used only once. Yes, it had a tiny bit of makeup residue on it, but it didn’t matter, it worked like a charm.
Paint a small section of white polish on your beauty blender…
…then carefully dip the tips of your nails into it.
I created a reel on Instagram for a better visual if you’re interested, check it out here!
I found it worked best if I sort of did a sweeping rounded motion on each because the flat dip ended up with paint on my fingertips as well. So to avoid that mess (unless your nails are super long) begin at an angle with the edge of your nail and with a turning motion, apply the white tips.
Again… Check out my Instagram nail art reel so see a video of how I did it.
I have to say, this was the easiest and cleanest French Tip manicure I’ve ever managed…
Photo below “before” top coat – which ultimately glazes everything over beautifully and makes the manicure look more professional 🙂
Finish with your favorite top coat. I still love Seche Vite!
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