Saturday, October 18, 2008

FLATTERING NATURAL NAILS

I would like to share with you an entry from my personal blog on how to have the most flattering natural nails (not how to take care of your nails). This tip can also be used on your toes!

LENGTH & SHAPE
The most flattering length is no longer than under half a millimeter. Its clean and it won't get in the way much compared to longer nails, obviously.

The most flattering nail shape (to me) is called a "squoval", which is square-oval. Usually shaping your nails into a mirror image of your cuticles.

To get the look, file your nails straight across going the same direction. That way you have more control on how much you file off. Then, round the corners. More round than square.If you're going to the nail salon, ask for "square-round". Which will be more square than round. Then ask them to round it a little more.

If they don't understand you, ask for square, then tell them to round the corners more. My nails are a little more square than oval. So, I don't know why I put "squoval". The photo below my nails are more of a squoval shape.



Note: if you want your nails a certain shape, but your nails are too short,grow your nails first! Nail salons will not be able to achieve what youwant if it's not possible with nails they can't work with -- Neither will you.

COLOR
Bright colors on your fingernails aren't as flattering as you may think. They're nice for your toes though. There are certain reds that compliment every skin tone. If you have fair skin, firetruck red would look great. If you're medium, blood red would be flattering. And garnet would be nice for darker skin tones. The nail polish I list are only examples of shades.






If you're aiming for something very light and clean, White is not the answer. White will look as if you had put whiteout on your nails, which just looks unnatural. Use white for french tips or designs. Instead, try something similar to Bubble Bath by OPI. You're nails will look more clean and natural than what white could do for you. And if you have a yellowish tone in your nails, the neutral tones will hide that. If you are dying to use a white color, trying something off-white such as Fit for a Queen by OPI.



(FIT FOR A QUEEN - BELOW)


OPI is only a suggested brand to use. It's very difficult to control & is expensive (ranging from 7 dollars). I don't really use nail polish, but when I do, I usually use Clear, Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails. Clear is always forgiving when you aren't really good at taking care of your polish.

Have fun experimenting :) !!

1 comment:

Trish said...

are those your hands/nails?! if so, they look so nice and healthy! my hands still look like a high school girl's hands, so messy and kiddish looking!

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