Green With Envy: A Twist On a French Classic Nail Art Tutorial

Pinks, reds and burgandys tend to be the usual shades I opt for when it comes to nail colour. I must admit that I was equally excited yet skeptical when I purchased this bold emerald polish by Revlon. On first test, the colour was rich, unique and definitely popped! I decided it made for the perfect accent for this super simple twist on a classic french manicure!

All you need is:

  • A bold or bright nail colour (I’ve used Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh)
  • A top coat (my recommendation: Revitalnail Nail Hardener)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Disposable eyeshadow applicators

With a steady hand, carefully paint the white tips of your nails with your chosen shade by following the natural curvature formed between the nail beds and tips. The technique that I’ve found useful is to use small dashes and once you’re happy with your initial coat, reload your brush and apply your second coat in one smooth motion.

If you’re not too confident with free handing, you can use pre-cut adhesive nail strips created specifically for french manicures as a guide or you could create your own adhesive guides using tape.Now for a quick tidy up! Dip a disposable eyeshadow applicator in nail polish remover to clean up any mishaps. I like to use this step to really neaten up the curve between the now green and pink parts of your nail.Once your brightly coloured tips are surface dry i.e. they shouldn’t smudge when the next coat is applied, seal your manicure with a layer of top coat to give a polished finish … and voila! Painting your french tips free hand can take a little practice but once you have this technique perfected this look really becomes a piece of cake!

Cassie xx

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