French Manicure

Red nail polish can be loads of fun, I mean legend has it the Cleopatra wore it, however color can really say a lot.

Red lips convey that you are “daring”, a white sundress is “fresh,” a black gown is “timeless,” and anything neon says “I missed the 80s.” But what does a French manicure say? Well it is understated, neutral and goes with absolutely everything.

French Manicure

But where did the French manicure originate from? Well the cosmetician that today we know as Max Factor, in 1927 introduced into the beauty market a tube of chalky liquid known as Society Nail White and a porcelain pot of cream that was rose colored and called Society Nail Tint.

When you applied these products to the nails and buffed them, a pink emulsion was left behind that was a shade so natural and very subtle, the alabaster paste was then applied under the tips of the mails and left to thoroughly dry. The ladylike and extremely chic manicure which resulted was to become known fifty years later as the French manicure.

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The Man That Started It All

The man responsible for linking Paris´s allure to this French title was the creator of Orly nail polish, Jeff Pink.  He had been searching for the perfect bane to call his custom manicure and it was in 1978 that for Orly´s first French manicure kit, he trademarked the Original French Manicure. This manicure that was created by Jeff Pink featured nails that were beige and had white tips, this was done to cater to the needs that the Hollywood studios had.

During that time, actresses were forced to spend insane amounts of precious time that was meant for filming simply having to have their nails painted over and over again to match every outfit change. Directors were looking for a nail look that would match anything that their actresses wore; this is why the very natural looking French manicure was created.

The very first starlet to give not only that look, but also the Orly brand stardom was the lovely and talented Barbara Streisand as she talked with Johnny Carson on the tonight show, much in the same way in which modern day celebrities rave and their huge, oddly shapes and crazy nail art, Barbara Streisand went on and on about the French manicure. Another woman who had a big hand in putting the French manicure in the limelight was trendsetter Cher; this was a look she rocked at the height of her career.

As the years have gone by, the manicure has undergone quite a few variations, for example the latest trends of colored and pointed tips and it seems as if that is not going to end any time soon. Although ever since it started to become noticed, it has always been up for debate whether or not the French manicure is indeed French, there have been those who say that yes, the Parisians who love always being stylish were actually the first to wear this nude base accompanied by crisp white tip. However as mentioned earlier it was Max Factor who brought the air of Paris to his style with the French label creating an elegant effect.

Regardless of that debate, the French manicure is here to stay, women the world over still enter nail salons and request the elegant combination of beige, pink or nude base with a pure white tip. It matches anything and can be worn out for drinks or even on the red carpet and if you are someone who likes to keep it simple yet elegant, it is the perfect choice. The versatility of French nails is what makes it so highly popular.

It looks so natural that those standing ten feet away from you may not even know that your beautiful nails have been polished. They are however not a completely effortless task to recreate. A French manicure requires not only a very steady hand, but also real precision is you really want them to look gorgeous.

Although it is in no way a paint-and-go manicure, with a bit of practice is actually very doable. It is all about patience, precision, technique, a steady hand and a passion to get it right and what hats to be absolutely perfect are those lovely white tips.




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