The all-white manicure is one of those fresh and sexy trends that's totally DIY-able. A ton of the spring/summer runways featured models sporting all-white, and even Kim Kardashian showed off her short white mani a while ago, so this week I figured what the heck?! I tried it myself, and I'm quite happy with the results! I did find it a little trickier to work with than colored polish, but overall, it's really just two coats, a top coat, and voila!
Here's the shot Kim K Instagrammed:
(Side note: Oh how I want her Cartier Love bracelet!!!)
Kim captioned this "Short nails are everything" -- and I do think they look great like this. I left mine a little longer, mostly because I'm lazy and didn't feel like trimming and filing them! But I like my results too!
For my at-home mani, I used Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in "true white" ... which is actually SLIGHTLY off-white. It's like almost a creamy white, but not quite. ($25 at SaksFifthAvenue.com) I just happened to have this laying around, but some other great options would be Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "White On" for a real bright, quick-drying white ($2.49 at Target) or OPI "Cream of Capri" for a similar look to mine. ($6.99 at BeautyEncounter.com)
I also used Essie "No Chips Ahead" top coat, which really helped smooth out the whole look (and of course it makes the mani last longer). ($7.79 at Target)
Now, I must say that I found the white polish a little more challenging than usual, and I've read this same thing from other beauty bloggers. I think it's because it has to be pretty thick for the white to be opaque, and because it's so white, mistakes show up easily. My first coat looked pretty bad, but once I realllllly carefully went over it with a second coat, it looked a million times better. So my advice is -- don't panic if your first pass looks like crap! Have some nail polish remover and a Q-tip handy and it will be fine.
I do think this manicure would also look great with a little bling, like a sparkly top coat on just the ring finger nails (or all of them), but for now, I'm kind of loving the fresh whiteness of it.
What do you think?
Images via April Daniels Hussar and KimKardashian/Instagram