Beauty disaster, readers: I recently walked, index-fingernail-first into a door. I hate having just one short nail; they were all going to have to be filed down — and on the hand I photograph. Fetch my smelling salts!
Hoping to turn my lemons into lemonade, I decided to make this a swatching opportunity. Though I am enthusiastically in love with ShocKen Pink from Le Metier de Beaute’s debut resort collection, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Yield to Yellow. But some colors look better on short nails, so this seemed like the perfect time to go for it.
Yield to Yellow is yellow-mustard yellow. Big Bird yellow. Golden arches yellow. Truthfully, I’m not crazy about it on me (surely this color would look better on another skintone?). But I took a cue from Ladies Home Journal and asked myself, “can this manicure be saved?”
Inspired by polka dot bikinis (and pop art), I decided to go the nail art route. I viciously stabbed a toothpick into a magazine (to blunt the tip), then dipped it in Wet ‘n’ Wild black (notoriously opaque in one coat) and started free-hand dotting.
My tinkering actually didn’t stop there. I added one coat of OPI’s Big Hair Big Nails — and that’s where things started to get messy. I should have either topcoated the polka dots or polka-dotted after the sheer coat, because too many swipes of Big Hair Big Nails made my dots start to run. I did discover one more trick though: wiping most of the polish off your brush, then applying a quick, single stroke made for a messy, artistic gradient (like when a chef makes a stripe of sauce on a fancy-presentation plate). It’s something I’ll continue to play with.
Yield to Yellow is $18, available exclusively at Neiman Marcus (because it was a collaboration with Ken Downing).