More often than not the period for which something stays “timeless” is rather short-lived. As nail art enthusiasts, we love a good chevron mani, but we also know that our time with the zigzagged stripes is fleeting. Soon enough we’ll be on to the next trend. That said, there are a few classic manicures we always fall back on. These four are simple, sophisticated and don’t require a slew of nail tools. And unlike the feather manicure we’ll always remember fondly, we know these looks aren’t going anywhere. Considering the fact that women have been rocking some of these looks since the 1920s, we feel pretty comfortable calling these four manicures timeless.
- Choose a base color. Apply 1-2 coats of the nail color of your choice. We used essie Under the Twilight.
- Apply the second color. Instead of going all the way to the base of the nail, start applying this color three-quarters of the way down. Sweep the color up, but don’t extend it out all the way to each side. You should be able to see the base color all around. It’s best to do this step in one coat so choose an opaque cream lacquer, like this Lancôme Vernis in Love in Ultramarine Green.
- Finish with top coat. Allow the polish to dry before applying top coat to avoid smudging the colors. We love the high shine of the Seche Vite Top Coat we used here.
Single Dot Manicure
- Apply a base color. Apply two coats of any opaque cream polish. We used Lancôme Vernis in Love in Violette Coquette.
- Make the dot. Grab a dotting tool or one end of a bobby pin and dip it into a small amount of polish. With a steady hand, carefully press the tool down at the base of the nail. Make contact with the nail just once and then lift the tool directly up from that spot. We chose to make our dot metallic with essie Blue Rhapsody.
- Finish with top coat. A quick swipe of clear polish will really make your single dot manicure shine.
Confetti Cake Manicure
- Paint a light base color. You can get away with one coat because you’re going to be layering polishes. We used Lancôme Vernis in Love in Simply Aqua.
- Apply glitter polish. Go over the application until you’re satisfied with the amount of glitter on the nail. We used essie Luxeffects in Jazzy Jubilant.
- Top it off with a jelly coat. Allow the glitter coat to dry, and then finish the sandwich with 1-2 coats of a super sheer jelly polish. We used two coats of OPI Nail Lacquer in Funny Bunny.
Colored French Tip Manicure
- Paint the base. A traditional French manicure is done in neutrals, but bold colors give it a modern feel. We used Lancôme Vernis in Love in Plunge Pool.
- Coat the tip. Use the side of the brush to carefully swipe the color across the tip of the nail. You only need a small amount of lacquer on the brush. Choose a contrasting color, like this essie Tart Deco.
- Apply top coat. Allow the polish then apply top coat to smooth the two coats of color and seal the look.
Which of these timeless manicures is your favorite? Tell us below.