If French manicures were going to have a comeback then only one man could launch its successful campaign, the man behind the Chanel make-up, Peter Philips. At yesterday’s Chanel Spring Summer 2012 show, amongst the renewable energy theme, Peter created yet another twitter storm by sending the models out with, dare we say it, a French Manicure. However, with the Chanel stamp firmly backing its corner, this dated nail style has suddenly had an injection of cool overnight.
Using Eastern Lights on the tips, a new white shade from Chanel launching soon, and Ballerina over the top, a subtle pink hue, the French manicure has suddenly become the chic Parisian nail of choice that it always set out to be. The clear difference in the Chanel French manicure however is the thickness of the white tip. Very thin and subtle, it isn’t the only thing you notice on the nail which is often the case in bad French Manicures. The pink too is also in keeping with the subtle vibe and the nails are not too long, squaeval in shape, effortlessly groomed and delicate in appearance.
With its overnight instant revamp, the French Manicure is sure to become a popular request in nail salons nationwide as it’s not the easiest style to recreate at home. However, there are a few important few tips for a DIY version.
1. Nailene French Tip Pen is an angled pen that allows you to draw on mistake-proof tips
2. Andrea Fullerton ‘Oops Nail Varnish Clean Up’ is perfect for cleaning up edges and when you paint over the lines.
3. Mask out the line with tape (like you would if you were decorating!) so that you avoid any squiggly lines.
4. Make sure you use a delicate pink hue. Again, this isn’t about drawing attention to your nails, apart from someone notices how groomed you are!
Little known fact: the French manicure was invented by American Jeff Pink, founder of nail brand Orly, as a nail to suit any wardrobe, occasion and women. Who knew? We're very thankful to Peter for bringing back its appeal.