The scalloped manicure is rapidly becoming a favourite at Tips Nail Bar in Toronto. Playful and graphic or subtle depending on your colour choice, it's a streamlined way to play with nail art. Applied on just nail tips it's also become a fresh alternative to the French manicure, says Sally Hansen nail expert Melissa Forrest. And it's so easy to do on your own. In the video below, Melissa shows us how.
the scalloped manicure
If you recall, my own obsession with the scalloped manicure started when I spotted the above image on Elle Canada Magazine beauty editor Katherine Flemming's Instagram page. (Get the details on KF's Starbucks hack here!)
This scalloped manicure in coral is from Melissa Forrest's Instagram page...
...as is this juicy two-tone version.
the scalloped mani aka tulip mani aka sweetheart mani
The scalloped manicure has a few alternate names. On longer nails it's sometimes referred to as the tulip manicure. On smaller nails, you might call it a sweetheart manicure. We also like to call it The New French Manicure.
In our scalloped manicure tutorial, Melissa started with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Blacky O to show technique and application options. See how different it can look? We love black as a graphic Fall shade; a deep merlot such as Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Wine Stock is a sexy option.
And when the scallop is confined to the tip of the nail and painted in soft pale shade, or white à la Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod, it's the freshest, prettiest alternative to the tired French manicure ever. (It's especially appropriate for brides, doncha think?)
Here's the scalloped manicure tutorial video with lovely Melissa Forrest, whose work has also appeared in some of Canada's top publications. In addition to her how-to with Blacky O, she also shows us a pretty, office-appropriate version of the scalloped manicure in Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Greyfitti. And you should recognize those fingertips -- yep, they belong to our Karen Manigeek :-)
Although we decided you didn't need to watch an application of top coat in the video because you already know it's an essential finishing touch, we must emphasize that if you use Miracle Gel for your colour, you need the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat to get the full, Miracle Gel long-wear benefits. For more info on this line of polish, check out our Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel swatches and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel preview.
Will you try a version of the scalloped manicure yourself? And are you Team Scallop? Team Tulip? Team Sweetheart?