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How to: Get an Engagement Ring-Worthy Manicure
Mon, 3 December 2012 5:29PM
Primpers, this Monday brings about some rather big and fabulous news ….
And although it’s officially been less than 30 hours since it happened, I’ve already been asked when and where we are getting married, where we plan to honeymoon, what my dress will look like and how I’m wearing my hair. I’m still yet to drag myself down from cloud nine, so pretty much all I can manage at the moment is figuring out the colour I want to paint my nails next.
Yes, ‘tis true, the first thing people do is look at your hand, ask for an instant picture message or request a diary date so they can see the sparkler IRL, stat.
Luckily at the time of the proposal I did have a fresh manicure thanks to Ciaté Paint Pot in Beach Melba, $22, Mecca Cosmetica, a glossy and pretty pale pink. So bridal. But now that I’ve had time to think about it, I’m changing my mani up yet again to something a little more bold.
Here’s one of my favourite shades from Estée Lauder’s new Red Haute Collection (romantically inspired by Paris) appropriately titled Love Bite, $38, from department stores. It’s a rich and deep almost-berry pink, and I can’t get over the striking contrast between the bright platinum band and the sparkling diamond.
Now that I’ve got this beautiful engagement ring sitting pretty upon my left hand, it’s time for a refresher in creating a flawless, long-lasting manicure …
- When you’re wearing bold colours – and let’s be honest, pale ones, too – short, neat nails look best. Begin by filing your nails into a square shape, ensuring that the sides are straight. Then get on to filing the top, we recommend leaving them no longer than just over the top of your nail. Gently round the corners off, ensuring you don’t file the tips.
- Then add a nail primer. Not only does it remove any excess dirt or grime, it creates a clean nail bed before you start applying polish. Try Orly Primetime, $18.95, 1300 769 355.
- Apply your base coat and leave it to dry. Base coat is crucial when wearing a deep nail polish colour as they can stain your nail bed if you don’t, so if you want to switch up your nail colour quite often (like I plan to), make sure you apply it. It also helps to get your nail polish to stay put, too.
- Wait for at least 10 minutes to apply your nail polish to prevent air bubbles. Normally you would want to start painting as close to your cuticle as possible to create the perfect shape, however I suggest placing the brush a little further back from the base of your nail. Then push the brush in a downwards motion, getting the brush as close to your cuticles as possible so the bristles fan outwards, following the shape of your nail bed so it leaves a clean edge. Not only does it prevent polish staining your cuticles, it also ensures a smooth, even finish.
- Apply one to two coats of colour, depending on the formulation. I’ve found that two coats of Love Bite gives a fresher, more finished look, without leaving any streaks. The whole point of a bold colour is to give off that strong, almost gel-like appearance.
- Always, always finish with a high-shine top coat. Not only does it make your nail polish last longer and better the look of your bold, splash of colour, but it also sets off sparkler – engagement ring or cocktail ring. My go-to? Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat, $16.45, from Priceline. They don’t call it diamond shine for nothing!
- And if you love a little bit of nail art, you can always set off your ring finger with a hint of glitter. I love the silver sparkles called Sugar Sprinkle, from ELES’ Sweet Sundae collection, $20, ELES …
What do you think of a bold colour as a bridal nail polish?
Do you love this shade?
How do you get your manicure to last and last?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett