Framed or border nails have been pretty popular lately. Usually I come in on the butt end of these trends (lookin at you, crackle polishes) so I figured why not try something while it's actually still interesting. There are a few ways to accomplish this look. You can start with the border color on the whole nail and then paint the inside color over top of it, or you can go the other way around and paint the border on top of the base inside color. It's really personal preference which way works best for you, for me personally I painted the border on with a thin brush after I had a base color on.
- Sally Hansen Salon Manicure base coat / Seche Vite top coat
- Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
- Hard Candy Beetle
The pics show visible nail line for some reason but I saw none in person at all, and trust me I was all up close and personal with this while painting borders. I already had the red on when I decided to try the border look and I thought the duochrome goodness of Beetle would look awesome with it. The pics really do not do it justice, it was flashing all over the place! In the sun (of course AFTER I took pics and wasn't near a camera >.<) it switched between the most gorgeous purple and amber colors against the red. This whole border thing was pretty fun to do, I will be trying it again with a creme as the border because I think it might behave differently on the paintbrush. Beetle is very cooperative but a little grainy. I kept this sucker on for five days with no tip wear at all, bonus!
I really need to start putting vaseline or tape or something on my hands when I use red polish. I don't know what it is about reds but it doesn't matter what brand or formula, they ALL stain the crap out of me. Do you guys have a trouble color?