for the inspiration behind this post we need to jump back a few weeks folks, to last month’s london premiere of total recall. we all remember where we were that night? no, me neither. but the following morning while doing my daily scan of the blogs, news and general happenings online, i found myself in serious lust mode over jessica biel.
i’ve never been the biggest biel fan myself. sure, she’s gorgeous, but she never quite did it for me… until this round of promotional work for total recall, in which jess has showed some serious fashion face. that giambattista valli! that hair! that eyeliner! those lips! the rock on her finger! dear lord, it’s all too much. and then… i spotted her nails. yes, old jess is a new favourite of mine. girl can work her nail art. not to mention these babies she rocked a few days earlier at the la premiere. yep. girl crush on the bielster.
(update! sarah was at the total recall premiere last month, and happened to snap a picture of jess’ nails on the red carpet. great minds, etc…)
so back to why we’re here, nails, and jess’ manicure has been playing on my mind for a good month now. i love throwing some shapes in the nail department – these half moons were a delight, and remember playing criss-cross way back when? now it’s time to get geomotrical with some dandy little, what are these, triangles? close enough.
now i adore jess’ hot pink accents, but since autumn is well and truly here (stay tuned for our warm and fuzzy fall food post tomorrow!) i decided something a little darker would suit my mood. so i copied her pale pink base, and added some deep, dark ruby triangles. the dark pinky-red also happened to contrast nicely with my current read, which has a gorgeous gold cover. winning on all fronts.
i left my nails a little longer than usual to give myself some wriggle room. let’s get started with two thin coats of a lovely subtle pink (opi makes men blush for me). leave to dry. now to get as straight a line as possible for your corner triangle, use an angular brush to paint on a thin line of your second shade before filling in the triangle. allow to dry and finish with a top coat. clean up the excess polish from your fingers and you’re good to go.
i like this look. it’s a little vampy. a bit true blood-y even, with it’s almost blood red tips. but fun and unexpected too. and it looks good with my book. always thinking of the important things…