Karina Giglio May 18, 2012
The iconic French manicure gets an unexpected update this season with neon colors like blazing blue, acid green, and hot pink. “It’s a playful, edgy twist on the classic,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, artistic director of OPI. “We’ve done everything with French manicures, and this new color combination lets you try out the candy colors that are hot right now without making a big investment.” Ready to make like Katy Perry and ditch the traditional look for a fun pop of color? Here's how.
  • Step 1: Start with short nails. The goal is an elegant nail with just a bit of length, so the tip should be no larger than a quarter of your entire nail. If your tips are too long, the look will be jarring.
  • Step 2: Apply a base coat. When you’re working with sheer tones, you want them to go on smooth, not blotchy. A layer of clear base coat will fill ridges and let your color go on smoother.
  • Step 3: Paint one coat of a sheer pinkish beige like Sally Hansen Beyond Perfect Protein Nail Color in Sheer Lotus Petal on the entire nail bed. You can skip a second coat unless you want it to look more opaque. Wait until this coat dries before moving on to the next step.
  • Step 5: Finish with a long-wearing top coat. After covering the entire nail, apply an extra swipe along the neon strip and tip of the nail to prevent chipping. Try: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Professional Nail Polish Base & Top Coat.
Have you worn neon on your nails yet? Photographs by Makeup.com
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About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team

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