Associate Editor, Megan: Watermelon Manicure
I love watermelon-flavored cocktails. But as a mani? I was worried it would be a little corny and too cutesy. Once applied, however, I was in love. I got so many compliments and it was a really fun change-up to my everyday monotone manicures. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get the look at home:
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Step 1: Apply a coat of red or bright pink. My manicurist used CND's Poppyfield, which served as a great base for my watermelon look. Make sure to let the color dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Next, dip your brush in a coat of white and prepare to give yourself a French tip. According to CND, the trick to applying a great white tip is never moving the brush. Instead, you should move your finger as you paint from one end of the nail to the other. Make sure to have Q-tips and alcohol on hand to clean up any mistakes you make. The reason alcohol works better than nail polish remover is it will take off the wet nail polish, but it won't mess up the color that's already dry, so you don't have to worry about messing up your design.
Step 3: Once your white tips are dry, you want to add a tiny sliver of green at the very tip of your nail to serve as the watermelon's rind. Unless you are using a very fine brush, you will most likely end up with green polish on your skin, so again be prepared to clean up your design.
Step 4: You will need a very fine tipped brush again for this step. Dip the brush in a black polish and let the excess drip back into the bottle. Paint little seeds onto each nail. Instead of making dots, paint in tiny vertical lines. Three or four per nail should do the trick. Don't worry about making each nail perfectly uniform when it comes to this step.
Step 5: Once your nails are dry, finish with a coat of clear gloss to perfect the look.
Looking to make a matching drink? Try a "Bitter Sweet Symphony":
Champagne or sparkling wine, watermelon-flavored liquor, 1 tbs. grapefruit bitters
1. Fill a champagne flute 3/4 of the way with chilled champagne or sparkling wine.
2. Add 1/4 cup watermelon-flavored liquor.
3. Stir in 1 tbs. grapefruit bitters.
4. Use a melon baller to scoop out a bit of watermelon, dropp it in the flute and serve!