Dip Painted Nails // Messy French Tip Manicure

nails, messy french tip manicure, succulents

Eager to try out the Messy French Tipped Manicure I was inspired by last week, I grabbed my two favorite blue hues and got to work. In the end, my left handiwork looked indeed like a messy French tip. But my other nails, painted with my right hand, looked more like clouds at the end of my nails. Cute, but not what I was going for. The blue only helped the cloud appearance. So then, reminded of my recent Dip DIY for Re:create, I decided on a combo: a dip-painted look meets messy French tips, which I liked just as well.

Here’s what I used…

nail polish, succulent plants

* Sephora OPI “My Personal Serpent”… which has apparently been discontinued. Find all the other Sephora OPI colors here
* Essie “Lapis of Luxury”
* Essie “Matte About You”


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* Apply two coats of your base color and let dry. I chose My Personal Serpent, but any contrasting color combo will do. {photo via my instagram stream}

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* Apply two coats of your lighter color onto 3/4 of your nail… at an angle. I generally used about three strokes per nail, then repeated with a second coat.

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* Apply your matte top coat to just your lighter, tipped section.

NOTE: Using a regular glossy top coat will cancel out your matte effect. I used no overall topcoat and my nails lasted about a week.


nails, manicure, brass bird figurine

nails, manicure, vintage wine glass

above shot also via instagram and about a week later

nails, messy french tip manicure, rings, jonathan adler book

Delilah insisted I paint her nails the same…

painting toddler's nails painting toddler's nails

Photos above courtesy of my sister in law, Morgan 🙂

delilah admiring her nails

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Liz Lauren

    October 22, 2012 |

    love this nail art look!

    doing a giveaway on my blog!


  • Jennifer

    October 22, 2012 |

    You have the best nail tutorials 🙂

    xo Jennifer


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    October 23, 2012 |

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  • glitzyblues.com

    October 23, 2012 |

    OH love this! Can’t wait to try, you are always so creative with nails!

    Xo, Rachel
    Glitzy Blues

  • Cindy Cheung

    October 23, 2012 |

    Oooh, looks fun and cute… not to mention easy enough to try. 🙂

    Thanks for the post!

    – CindyC.

  • Edward Dowdell

    November 12, 2012 |

    Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
    non plagiarized

  • Claudio Timbers

    January 8, 2013 |

    The blue only helped the cloud appearance. So then, reminded of my recent Dip DIY for Re:create, I decided on a combo: a dip-painted look meets messy French tips, which I liked just as well. Apple iPhone 5

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