Having worked in design for more years than I care to admit, I’ll confidently call this one: the two-color combo you’ll see more than anything else in the corporate world has got to be blue and orange, hands down. It’s got a lot to do with the psychology behind the colors — orange stimulates socialization and activity and indicates vitality, success, encouragement and endurance, while blue is calming/sedative and indicates truth, loyalty, wisdom, confidence and peace (blue is also worn on Wednesdays more than any other day of the week; seriously, check out how many people in your office are wearing blue today, then compare that to other days). So I got a little bit design AND nail nerdery today.
I started with a foil base using Azure Lights, a stripy blue foil with a few subtle linear shifts. After sealing that down with a clear coat, I went in with OPI A Roll In The Hague (more from the Holland Collection) to add the bright orange polish in ruffian style. Quick to knock out and makes for a fun effect! Normally I’d use a color that was perfect in one coat — and in my haste had assumed A Roll In The Hauge would be — but it needed two, which created a bit more of a ridge at the color line than you’d usually want. But since the foil is so different anyway I don’t much mind that you can see the line so clearly; it sort of is what it is, you know?
I don’t really have pics to go with this (the process moves pretty fast) but believe me when I tell you this is one of the easiest designs to execute.
First, get your base down. A color, a foil, whatever, just paint your nail like you normally would.
Next, paint your nail again with the cover color. But here’s the trick: just pretend your nail is a few mm’s shorter than it is. Instead of dropping that starter blob of polish up near your cuticle (because by now we’re going to trust that you know the proper painting technique, dropping a heavy dot of polish in the middle of your nail near the top, swiping down the middle with your brush, then returning to that starter blob and pulling polish down on each side so that you’ve covered your nail in 3 strokes), you put it a little lower than you normally would and just apply the polish in the same 3-stroke method, avoiding that bit of the top of the nail. You don’t need any special tools — this mani was done with the brush in the OPI jar — you just need to be mindful of the curve of your nail bed and mimic that a bit below the actual cuticle line. Honestly, it’s not hard. I think I landed it the first time a tried actually. If you’re freaked out and want to make sure it works you can always use tape or eyeliner to make a border… but if you screw it up, you can also use a q-tip to clean up any weirdness.
Truly. Super easy.