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Akiko Ogawa Takes a Twist on the French Manicure

Even though these pink nails were shown for a Fall collection, I think Akiko Ogawa's runway manicures would be a great way to welcome springtime. French manicures normally aren't my favorites, but Alisha Rimando created a fresh version by using four colors (Dashing Diva polish in Headliner, Dashing Diva, Cosmopolitan, and Debutante).


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To get the look at home,

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    Apply Cosmopolitan to the nail.
  1. While the polish is wet, apply Dashing Diva to the top third of the nail. Make sure that the color blends or fades well into the nail.
  2. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on each nail.
  3. Start with the first nail and apply Headliner to the edge of the nail.
  4. Using very little polish on the brush, apply Headliner to the very tip of the nail, blending or fading it onto the Dashing Diva pink color. You'll want to apply it to about ⅛ of the nail edge.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on each nail.
  6. Apply Debutante over all nails. Finish with topcoat.

Of course, if you don't want to go the DIY route, you can always head to a Dashing Diva salon if you're in New York. (Much easier.)

Photos courtesy of Alexei Nemchenko

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any any 7 years
cute! but i dont think i would be able to do it at home :S
chow chow 8 years
i tried a pale pink to white and it looks pretty cool, but its a lot harder than the instructions make it sound.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love it!!
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
I love the idea of graduated color on nails - but I would choose different colors (black, gray, white, etc.).
emalove emalove 8 years
I think it's a fun look...I like it. I wouldn't try to do it myself though.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I love it! Though it must be really hard to try at home (I'm not very good with French manicure so I'll pass on this one for now).
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I wonder how much this would cost if I got it done at Dashing Diva?
tglynn tglynn 8 years
If I have the time I might try this
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I always find any type of nail design extremely tacky including french manicure. But I absolutely adore this design although I doubt I'd ever be successful at achieving this look by myself.
alwaysANDRiA alwaysANDRiA 8 years
cuuuuute
chaumeout chaumeout 8 years
OHHH... Dashing Diva and Headliner are colours. Wow.. zero for reading comprehension.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Nail polish just won't stay on my finger nails. I wonder how this would look in pedicure form?
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Shayela, here's a link — http://www.dashingdiva.com/DashingDivaStore/c-36-pink.aspx They're all varying shades of pink.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I like the look, but I'd probably cheat and just get a manicurist to airbrush it for me...I have enough trouble with 3 layers of polish to worry about getting dry!
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
i would def. try this !!!
shayela shayela 8 years
i dont wanna buy these specific colors if i have these shades at home, so can you tell us what shade each is? I'm assuming in order from dark to light it's Headliner, Dashing Diva, Cosmopolitan, Debutante.
eatingcookies eatingcookies 8 years
That looks like a good thing to take to the nail salon...
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I think it would be a fun thing to do with your girlfriends. Manicure and movie night or something.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
These are pretty but I'm so clumsy that it'll probably look like a mess.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
Oooh I'm soo trying this when I get home today.
foxie foxie 8 years
Love. The gradient look is so cool on fingernails. Who knew??
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Oooh! I like it!
beachgerl beachgerl 8 years
I really like those nails. Very pretty effect. Got to try them.
LukesMommy LukesMommy 8 years
Thats so hot, but I'd end up looking like my manicurist was blind and drunk if I tried it myself.
details2 details2 8 years
Holy crap - I think that looks really cool. I'm not the type to get excited over nails.
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