Nail This Reverse French Manicure in Time for Tonight's Holiday Party
Sure, a traditional French manicure may be passé these days, but if you follow the Missy Elliott school of thought, great things can come if you put the pink and white color palette down, flip it, and reverse it. Case in point: the graphic reverse French manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon Choi painted up for us. The neutral base serves as a nod to the classic look, while the black lining around the cuticle and gilded tips add an unexpected edge. It's a far cry from the gaudy patterns of years past, so it will complement your cutout LBD, rather than compete with it. Arm yourself with a thin nail art brush, and get the step-by-step instructions below.
Lay the Groundwork
File your nails into a rounded shape, as it works best with this design, and follow with your favorite base coat. Once dry, apply two even coats of Jin Soon's Akoya ($42 for three; net-a-porter.com).
Trace the Cuticle
Use your nail art brush to pick up an inky black lacquer—Jin Soon's Nocturne ($42 for three; net-a-porter.com) was used here—and trace the curve of your cuticle.
The Midas Finish
Clean off your nail art brush, and dip it into a solid gold like Jin Soon's Baroque ($42 for three; net-a-porter.com). With a steady hand, draw a rounded French tip, keeping the line on the thin side. Allow your design to dry, and finish with a clear top coat.