Week 6: Orly
Editor’s Note: Make sure to click on the second photo below to view Jane’s vision of her day to night French nail design!
Reinventing the French manicure was definitely a challenge for me. Mostly because I had to put away my intricate brush collection and all of my bright, garish, don’t-go-with-any-outfits colors. A French mani is simple, wearable, goes with any outfit, fits on any nail shape, and can work for any occasion, day or night. My take on it involves geometric linework: two lines run straight down against the sidewalls to slightly box out the nail. And two lines veer off, connecting at a point in the middle of the free edge. This design is classic with a twist and will look as at home in the office, a formal dinner, or a fancy pants cocktail party, as it will paired with a leather jacket holding a beer at a dive bar. I chose the two sets of lines to make it a versatile look depending on the nail shape. On square, it looks clean but with a bit of an edge; on almond, it looks elegant but fun; and on stiletto, it exaggerates the shape, making it look even more bad ass. I chose to stick with the neutral look of the classic French, keeping the stark white for contrast, but used a yellow-based nude to make the look a little more modern.