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Trend Alert: Flip Your Tips

June 12, 2007 by SheFindsErin
shefinds | Style

When you pony up for a polish job, it’s nice to know you’re paying for something you can’t do yourself. That’s why you should ask for a reverse French manicure next time you’re in your favorite nail artist’s chair. The style, made popular by Jean Harlow back in the 1930s and kept alive by latter day vamps like Dita Von Teese and Meryl Streep, requires a super-steady hand to paint the light color on the half-moons near your cuticles and the darker color on the upper, free edge of your nails.

The reverse French manicure’s opulence — and the fact that it would be next to impossible to execute without the assistance of a highly trained professional — makes it an indicator of status and sophistication. At the same time, deep, dark tips are a mark of boldness and a little sexy camp.

Track down a manicurist who can help you get into upside-down mode (New York City’s Warren Tricomi Salon is a good place to start), or attempt a do-it-yourself job. Sephora’s namesake line of polishes comes in 60 colors at just four bucks a pop, so you can experiment ‘til your eyes cross. For the good old black-and-white standby, try polishes number 12 and 31.

Thank you Juli B for turning on to this fabulous trend!

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