While I’m not one to shy away from fancy nails, sometimes time constraints call for simple yet elegant nails. Over time, I’ve discovered a quick and easy DIY manicure that goes well for any occasion. It’s simple for everyday wear, yet dressy enough for classy events.
This look doesn’t require a lot of time, so it’s perfect for spur of the moment nail dress ups.
Before I share with you how to achieve these simple yet elegant nails, preparation is a must. Check out this post on nail polish hacks to make your DIY mani last longer!
What You’ll Need
For these classy nails, you’ll need the following:
1. Base coat
Base coat is an absolute must for DIY mani, mainly because they help your polish stay on longer.
If you want, you can opt for a dual purpose base and top coat. It’s a great deal because it’s two nail necessities for the price of one!
I say nude, but what really works best for this look is any neutral shade that’s close to your skin tone. Nail polish (and makeup) tip: the best kind of nude is two shades lighter or darker than your own skin tone. That’s because using anything that’s your exact skin tone will make whatever you’re using it on “disappear”. In this case, your nails.
For my nails, I used a tan shade. Most polishes look more opaque in the bottle and one coat is going to look much lighter on your nails.
3. Gold (or bronze) polish
3. Matte top coat
The steps to creating these simple yet elegant nails are pretty much straightforward. Like I said, it’s a quick and easy look that you can achieve on short notice. Just follow these steps:
- Apply a base coat, let dry
- Apply 1-2 coats (as needed) of the nude polish
- *If one coat is enough for coverage, that’s great! The more natural looking, the better.
- Use the metallic polish to create a french nail tip
- Apply 1-2 coats of matte top coat (again, depends on coverage and matte-ifying power)
And just like that, you have a quick yet stylish nails fit for any occasion. You can play around with other nail polish shades and accents too, because this is basically a french manicure. However, I chose these colors specifically because they go with everything.
Going out for errands? These nails look effortless and don’t leave your nails under dressed even when you’re in casual clothes.
Formal event? This is a stunning look for your nails. Plus, you can glam up your overall look and your nails wouldn’t overload it at all.
This design is great for beginners and for women who don’t have that much time on their hands (or nails) to create something and elaborate for special occasions. This is one of my go-to looks for when I need dressy nails stat.
Nail Polish Hacks for French Tip Nails
Here are more tips for you when it comes to making his effortless yet chic look for your nails. If you’re a DIY manicure newbie and you still don’t have stable hands to create the french tip nails, there are a couple of things you could do.
- Use tape. To get an even lining for your nail tips, wait until your base color (nude) is completely and utterly dry before putting on some tape to cover the rest of the nail while you paint over the liner polish (gold/bronze). Granted, uneven tape application can cause uneven lines, but at least you can adjust the tape before going for it.
Use scotch tape or something with even less adhesiveness. You wouldn’t want your base color to peel off if the tape is too sticky.
So don’t. use. duct. tape!
- Use a metallic pen/ marker. If I’m going to be completely honest, I used a gold metallic pen to achieve my own nails. I have shaky hands and flawless french nail tips are my weakness. So I turn to my metallic pens. This way, I don’t go through the hassle of cutting tape.
Left to right: DONG-A My-Gel Metallic Pens, Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers, Yasutomo Gel Xtreme Metallic PensAllow your base color to dry. Then, use the pen/ marker to draw on the tip. I’m much more used to writing as compared to brushing on polish, so this works better for me. Even if I do mess up, a quick swipe of alcohol with a cotton pad gives me a fresh canvass. I don’t have to remove my entire progress when I use pens.
I’m a huge stationery nut, so I have a handful of tape and metallic pens on hand. I have used them countless times to achieve better looks for my nails, and they work really well!