THE NEW FRENCH MANICURE

Bright nails are the perfect workplace accessory, so ditch the standard nude on pink for a far more interesting pairing

PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLIE ENGMAN FOR BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

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Pierre Hardy for Nars in Camel

$29 for a pair; narscosmetics.com

TIP

Dior Vernis Bird of Paradise Bahia duo

$29; dior.com

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Rococo Creme Nail Polish in Trash

$16.50; us.spacenk.com

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Jin Soon in Audacity

$18; jinsoon.com

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Jin Soon in Auspicious

$18; jinsoon.com

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Dior Vernis Bird of Paradise Bahia duo

$29; dior.com

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Mac Nail Lacquer in Sweet Pop

$16; maccosmetics.com

TIP

Clinique in Happy

$16; clinique.com

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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Keks

$15; butterlondon.com

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Pierre Hardy for Nars in Rose Gold

$29 for a pair; narscosmetics.com

GIVE YOURSELF A WORK MANI

Nail expert Simcha Whitehill walks through the six short steps to mastering the updated French manicure. It’s easier than you think

1 PREP YOUR NAILS

First, file your nails into a flattering shape, either round or square. Then paint each nail with a base coat.

2 ADD COLOR

Polish your nails with two coats of the main color, which should be lighter than the tip shade. Allow them to completely dry before proceeding to Step 3.

3 HOLD THE LINE

Use French tip stickers from a beauty supply store as guides. Smooth the stickers down, leaving a line of free space at the edge of the nail.

4 GO ONE BY ONE

Proceeding one nail at a time, paint your second color across the tip of each nail. Immediately peel off the sticker.

5 CLEAN THE EDGES

Instead of using a cotton swab to remove excess lacquer, dip a small paintbrush in polish remover. A brush will give you more control in the corners.

6 TOP IT OFF

When the tip polish is mostly dry, add a layer of top coat to seal your French manicure. Wait at least 10 minutes for the final layer to dry completely.

CUTE COLOR COMBOS

Silver Gray

Pink Red

Gold Peach

Blue Nude

Yellow Purple

WHAT YOU NEED

NAIL FILE

Three colorful files with high grit, sturdy enough to keep free-floating in your purse. Sephora Collection Longboard Nail Files, $7; sephora.com

TIP GUIDE STICKERS

There’s no way you’ll achieve the straight line of a French manicure without these. Essence French Manicure Tip Guides, 99¢; ulta.com

BASE AND TOP COAT

This top and base coat set gives you a gel-manicure-like finish with high shine. Deborah Lippmann gel lab set, $45; nordstrom.com

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