Lauren Conrad

laurenconrad.com · Jul 18, 2016

Nail Files: 3 Subtle and Sparkly Manicures

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not afraid of giving myself an at-home manicure. In fact, it’s something I do often. It’s a skill that comes in pretty handy whenever my schedule gets more hectic than usual (read: no time to go to the nail salon). We’ve covered how to master the at-home mani here on the site before, so I won’t be going over all of the basics today. Instead, I’m sharing three subtle and sparkly manicures that I created recently on the hands of one of my LC.com editors. All three are easy enough to DIY from the comfort of your kitchen counter or bathroom vanity. These manicures are simple when it comes to execution, but the finished result looks pretty professional (if I do say so myself). So without further ado, take a peek below and don’t miss the tips I share for perfecting these nail designs…

Polish Colors:

The polish colors I used for these manicures were Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Game of Chromes, Sally Hansen in Golden Rule, and Essie in Jazz. I also used a nail art brush for details, but you can use a very thin paint brush or even a makeup brush from your local drugstore.

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Subtle & Sparkly French tips

I love the look of a French manicure that uses different, unexpected polish colors. I’ve done a reverse French manicure before, but for this mani I wanted to use a neutral base (with Essie’s “Jazz”) and add a metallic tip with sparkles. Creating this look is pretty easy—simply paint your base color, then paint your French tips using a nail art brush and go over the tips with glitter. Expert Tip: Using small, quick brushstrokes makes it easier to get the perfect line.

Subtle & Sparkly Simple Line

The method for creating this simple line manicure is similar to the steps for creating the French tip manicure above: simply paint over with your base color, then, with a steady hand, draw a vertical line going from the tip of your nail to your cuticle. Go over it with a touch of sparkly polish and you’ve got yourself a manicure that looks much more complex than it was to create! Expert Tip: Using a swipe of cuticle oil (or even a creamy hand lotion) on your cuticles will make the imperfections disappear instantly when you want your nails to look flawless in a pinch.

Subtle & Sparkly Reverse Triangle

I’ve seen triangles painted on nails a few times before, so I wanted to create the reverse effect for this mani. This is easy enough to do freehand if you have a steady hand! Simply paint one half of the reverse triangle, then paint the second. Expert Tip: Dip an inexpensive drugstore makeup brush in polish remover and go over any areas where you painted outside of the line for that perfect, finished look.

So… what did you think?

Which of these manicures is your favorite?

Will you be giving them a try?

Let me know in the comments below.

XO Lauren

Photos: Stephanie Todaro for LaurenConrad.com

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