When you pony up for a polish job, itâ€™s nice to know youâ€™re paying for something you canâ€™t do yourself. Thatâ€™s why you should ask for a reverse French manicure next time youâ€™re in your favorite nail artistâ€™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 manicureâ€™s opulence â€” and the fact that it would be next to impossible to execute without the assistance of a highly trained professional â€” 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 Cityâ€™s Warren Tricomi Salon is a good place to start), or attempt a do-it-yourself job. Sephoraâ€™s namesake line of polishes comes in 60 colors at just four bucks a pop, so you can experiment â€˜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!