We at Allure can get worked up about something like the French manicure. Frankly, we hate it, (and have said so repeatedly), and frankly, that really annoys some of our readers.
I've always thought French manicures were tacky (evidence: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, O.C., and New York.) But when I met one of my most stylish friends for drinks, she flashed a freshly-painted manicure Francaise. "I don't care what anybody says," she offered of the her white fingertips, "I've always loved them--and I always will."
Time for a professional opinion. The results of our informal survey (of two of our favorite manicurists):
PRO-PINION ONE: "If you have long, fake nails and outrageously thick white lines, then I hate it," says celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi. But Choi recently did a subtle French manicure on a model for an ad campaign and said it look gorgeous because she made sure the white lines were subtle--only slightly more opaque than the rest of the nail.
PRO-PINION TWO: Yes, French manicures can escape the Carmela Soprano realm, says Ji Baek of Rescue Beauty Lounge in New York City. "Keep your nails short--just a quarter of an inch beyond your fingertips--and rounded." Use a sheer polish, and a single stripe of white. Try Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polishes in Clear Pink and Underware ($18 each).
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