Monday, December 31, 2012

NOTD: New Year's Eve Angel Nails

Even though all my husband and I ever do for New Year's Eve is heat up an assortment of frozen hors d'oeuvres while we watch the Doctor Who marathon, I still felt the need to at least dress up my nails for the occasion, especially as he was kind enough to provide me with such a selection of colors! I decided to go for an elegant reverse French Manicure, also known as a Ruffian manicure.
Max Factor Nailfinity Angel Nails topped with Zoya Codie
I can't believe I forgot to take a shot of Angel Nails all by itself, but I was so eager to try out the style that I immediately added Codie without thinking. Sorry! Angel Nails is almost a rose-gold shade of micro-glitter, which is great for me because it matches my wedding ring! (18K gold looks too brassy against my skin tone.) Unfortunately, it looks very close to my skin tone in the photo so you really have to look for the sparkle near the cuticle line.

I decided to use Zoya Codie for the contrast because I wanted a rich color that had a bit more depth than a straight black. Codie is one of my favorite dark browns and it always looks elegant (although one of my clients once made a comment about my being "goth" and I didn't know what he was talking about until I realized that he was referring to what he thought was my black nail polish!) The combination reminded me of an outfit I saw some celebrity wear on a Red Carpet lineup that was a gorgeous pink-champagne-colored satin with a long stole of the same fabric, lined with a dark brown velvet. I'd love to have an occasion to wear something like that, but for now my nails will have to do!

Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you so much for joining us this past year. Stay with us throughout 2013 for more nail goodness!


  1. Gorgeous! Though I have absolutely no idea how to do this manicure, I WILL try it! I'm afraid the only thing I know how to do is newspaper nails, and that too is just a meh effort. Adore the brown shade <3

    1. Michèle at Lacquerized has drawn up a great tutorial on how to do them. It's easy when you practice, but you will need a LOT of practice when you are painting with your non-dominant hand!