How To: Nail Contouring

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You’ve probably heard, or even tried, using make up to contour your cheekbones, nose, neck, jawline, collarbone, abs, legs — basically every body part in existence — but did you know you can also use this trick on your nails?

To create a longer-looking nail is actually easier than it sounds. Here’s our step by step guide:

  1. Use a clear base coat or lighter-coloured coat of polish onto your nail.
  2. Sweep a deeper colour down the middle. This is what gives you that contoured effect, just like how you’d use a highlighter above and below your cheekbones to make them look sharper.
  3. To finish the look, she used a semi-matte topcoat, since it’s not too matte or dull; regular topcoats will do too, but pure matte is too harsh.

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Manacurist Jin Soon Choi put this the genius trick to use at the latest Vera Wang runway show at New York Fashion Week, where she painted a base coat on the models’ nails, and swiped either a powder-pink white or a blackberry red shade down the center of their fingertips.

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