11 November 2013

Sweet & Simple Sunday: Two-Toned French

Good afternoon! After two weekends away, I am finally back with another Sweet & Simple design for you. You just need two polishes, ideally a creme shade and a shimmer or metallic shade. I chose Wet 'N Wild Black Creme and a polish I want to spotlight today--Darling Diva Bohemian Rhapsody.

The little stars aren't necessary! I just added them because they were cute and went well with the French manicure design :) But how gorgeous is that polish? :D

The two-tone French design is really simple and self-explanatory, but looks really striking and much more interesting to look at than a normal single-coloured one. Just paint a deep french tip with your creme base first. Even if you have short nails, this is still a cute look--paint the tip about halfway down. If your line isn't perfect, don't worry! You can clean it up with a cotton bud dipped into polish remover (this is easier to do before the polish dries). Even if you can't get it perfectly straight, it still looks great from afar. You can see my wibbly lines in this close-up shot, but from a normal viewing distance it seems perfect ;)

Once the base has dried, use your shimmery or metallic polish to paint about 2/3 of the painted tip, leaving 1/3 as an accent stripe of sorts. To clean up this line, remover would obviously mess things up, so instead you can use a bit of your previous colour to fix any mistakes. Grab a toothpick and dip it into your creme shade to get in close if you want to be more precise.

Once that's dry, add your topcoat and you're done! (Or you can add a cute accent of a sticker, rhinestone, or shape if you happen to have some, like I did. Just put a second layer of topcoat over it all if you do this!)

Now let's talk a bit about my second shade. Bohemian Rhapsody is an absolutely stunning polish that has it all. Multichromatic, shimmery, and linear holographic? Be still my heart! Darling Diva has lots of great shades, but I think she's really outdone herself with this one. It primarily looks silvery-sage-green in the bottle, but shifts to a stronger silver and sometimes a lilac. I never would have thought to do a holo-duochrome polish! It's just beautiful.

Here it is looking more silver..

Look at it glow ^_^

Bohemian Rhapsody is still available, along with a few other polishes like it but in different shades. You should check them out! She is based in the US, but does ship internationally.

Well, I hope you liked this design, and that you'll give it a try and spice up a plain French. Here's an idea--if you're already wearing a white tip, try adding a pop of colour over it like this when the tipwear starts to show. It adds some more interest and prolongs the life of your manicure!

Have a great week, and I'll see you next time! xoxo

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