Day 28 of the nail art challenge is upon us! The theme for today is ‘inspired by fashion’. I’m pulling my inspiration from Christian Louboutin and the trendy ‘Louboutin manicure’. Last time I did a Louboutin manicure on myself I absolutely loved it! You can view my louboutin mani here. That’s when I fell in love with the idea of painting the underside of my nail with a pretty color! That makes sense when you think about it- especially for ladies with very long nails. We work hard to grow our nails this length- why not show them off? We make the top all nice and pretty but then the non-painted underside looks so blah? Well, I don’t think so!!! This underside mani is dedicated to all the fashionistas out there that want pretty nails from top to bottom! It’s a 360 degree manicure and I love it! I haven’t really seen too much of it online so here’s my version of a studded underside mani!
To create this look I did a quick coat of Orly Ridge Filler on top and under my nails. After that was dry I applied 2 coats of Elephantistic Pink from OPI. When I painted, I did the underside first… then the top of the nails. But I don’t think the order really matters, especially if you’re using the same color on top and bottom. Then I applied a topcoat of seche vite (on top and underneath my nail) and waited for that to dry. Lastly, I dotted some clear polish and applied black studs from Claire’s Cosmetics. I’m glad I was able to fit exactly two studs on the underside of each nail so it looks symmetrical.
The idea of painting the underside of my nail is not really new to me. When I apply nail strengthener as my basecoat- I apply it under the free edge of my nail (the underside) and I also make sure to wrap my tip well. I do this each time I start a new mani. I think this is a great way to protect your nails and help them grow nice and long. If I go through all that then I might as well paint them pink and add studs too, right? So what do you think of my pink underside mani?