A French Affair - A New Take On A Classic | People Magazine

A French Affair – A New Take On A Classic

WANT a mani that makes you look like you just came out of the manicurist’s chair? Ombre nail will soon become your go-to. It’s super easy to do, but looks elegant. You’re bound to get at least a few people asking you were you got your nails done. For this updated French manicure, choose two nail polishes, a pale pink and white. And get ready to become a pro at the ombre technique.

Step 1:

FILE nails into the chosen shape, push back cuticles and apply a basecoat to smooth out any rough edges.

Step 2:

PAINT light pink and white polish directly on to the flat surface of a make-up sponge. Paint a narrow white stripe on the edge and a large pink stripe right below it.

Step 3:

PAT the sponge along the nail like a stamp, making sure to cover the whole nail with polish. Repeat the process on all nails and apply a second and third coat if necessary.

Step 4:

APPLY a generous layer of topcoat to seal in the ombre nail art and make it last longer, then use a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover and sweep it around cuticles to remove any polish from the skin.

Step 5:

APPLY cuticle oil or balm to moisturise the skin.

Silk-Touch Hand Cream: R98.95, By Mineraline, Dis-Chem, Professional Nail Lacquer In My Yacht, My Rules: R149, Morgan Taylor, Good To Go Top Coat: R139.95, Essie, Dual Sided Pushy: R295, Tweezerman, Doll-Face Dozen Foundation Sponge (Set Of 12): R79.95, By UBU, Clicks,  Pink Crystal Glass File: R99.95, Elegant Touch And LOVtender Cuticle Treatment: R189.95, LOV Cosmetics

TIP: Mix and match different colour for something more exciting.



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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