Purple French Mani
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I’ve not posted many nail art designs recently, so I wanted to share this Purple French Manicure look I created for New Year’s Eve. Both of the polishes are from Seche, the lilac one is ‘Not Easily Swept Away’ and the dark purple, almost black, shade is ‘Empress’.
I simply painted the lilac Not Easily Swept Away shade all over each nail and followed with another coat, then left it to dry for a few minutes. After the paler Seche colour had dried I carefully painted the tips of my nails using the dark Empress shade. I find it easiest to paint nail tips freehand, I place my fingertip on a flat surface then I gently place the nail polish brush at one side of my nail tip and rotate the nail tip rather than moving the brush. If one or two of the tips are a bit messy I just go over them again once they are dry. You can also get little stickers that make it easier to get a neat line when painting nail tips. I finished with a clear top coat to give a lovely sheen.
I do love a french manicure, and you can experiment with different colours. I must admit I’m not too keen on the pale lilac Not Easily Swept Away Seche Nail Lacquer, it dries very dull and has tiny bubbles in it which give the nails a rough appearance. It’s a very similar shade of lilac to Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Prickly Pear which is much cheaper than the Seche polish at £3.99. Empress is a lovely dark Winter colour and this dries with more of a shine than the paler lilac shade, although you would definitely need to apply a base coat first if wearing this dark colour on its own.
The Seche Nail Lacquers are in a good sized 14ml bottle though which will last quite a while, and the polishes are very long lasting when on the nails, I have been wearing this purple french manicure look for 6 days and have no chips at all in the polish.
Seche Nail Lacquer in Not Easily Swept Away is priced at £7.49 for a good sized 14ml bottle, available from Beauty Bay. Seche Empress Nail Lacquer is priced at just £5.99, also available from Beauty Bay.
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