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The French manicure: 5 colourful catwalk alternatives

Posted on 11th March 2016 by PROinsider
We’re talking all things bright and beautiful this month to celebrate Salon Services' Festival of Colour.  One way to instantly add vibrant hues to your client’s look is through a multi-coloured mani. The SS16 catwalks took the classic French manicure and injected some much-needed colour to the look, here’s our top five picks…

1. Fyodor Golan contrasting shades:

Orly’s lead nail technician, Sabrina Gayle, explains the idea behind the beach-inspired colour combination, “After working with the designers and looking at the collection, we decided that the skyblue shade complement the whole collection.  Contrasting colours that you wouldn’t necessarily put together, was another theme that stood out from the collection.  I noticed the pops of orange on the clothes, so I decided to tie this in the look.”
  1. Start by applying a skyblue polish to create the base colour, (we love Orly EPIX Flexible Colour 18ml in Cameo).
  2. Using a thin striper pen like Gelish Striper Brush apply a super-bright orange, Orly EPIX Flexible Colour 18ml in Improv, to the sides and tip of the nail.

2. Cushnie Et Ochs deep ‘V’

“The nail design is a classic chic look, keeping it beautiful and sexy with a simple design and the deep gorgeous color contrasts slightly with the base color”, says
graphic nail art guru Alicia Torello, the talent behind the seductive yet tough design. 
  1. Nina Ultra Pro Gel Effect – All About Autumn Collection Dusty Rose is perfect for the base colour.
  2. Once the base is dry, apply line stickers to help define the ‘V’ shape.  Apply the strips diagonally, so they cross over the nail bed, but leave the tip of the nail free to paint.
  3. Fill the tip with Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer - Kung Fu Panda 3 Collection in Warriors Don't Wine, and carefully remove the strips once dry.

3. Monica Lhuilier Spring-green tips
The Morgan Taylor team were behind this fresh, Spring green design, “for the youthful twist on a classic French mani’ explains lead nail technician Gina Edwards. Matching lip and nails have cropped up on catwalks before, but the matching eyeliner and nail tips really turned our heads, and we predict this will be the next big thing.
1. It’s the exact same process as a French mani, but using Morgan Taylor Nail Polish in Simply Irresistible for the base, and Morgan Taylor Nail Polish in Later Alligator for the tips.

4. Sibling metallics
We never thought we’d hear the words ‘cigaerettes’ and ‘beauty’ in the same blog post, but, Orly’s nail technician Sabrina Gayle looked to the retro tobacco brand, Sobranie of London Cocktail Cigarettes for inspiration, “we looked at the fun and glamour represented by this brand and replicated it by creating the Gilded French manicure,” says Sabrina.
  1. Use a pastel lilac or pink shade for the base, or get creative like Sabrina’s team and mix Orly EPIX Flexible Colour 18ml in Out-Take and Close Up for the gorgeous pastel lilac colour, or Orly Epix Cinematic and Close Up for a sugary pink.
  2. Finish by lining the tips with Orly EPIX Flexible Colour 18ml in Tinseltown.

Jonathan Simkhai Tri-colour talons
Morgan Taylor’s lead manicurist Gina Edwards complemented Jonathan Simkhai’s textured collection with “cool tri-colour’ manicures.  This particular design is perfect for clients with shorter talons, as the thin lines elongate the nail. 
  1. Start with a white base using Morgan Taylor Nail Polish in All White Now.
  2. Apply Morgan Taylor Nail Polish Little Black Dress in a half moon shape to cuticles using a striper pen.
  3. Using Morgan Taylor Nail Polish Could Have Foiled Me, line the tips for metallic twist to the French mani.
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