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‘Tis the season to be jolly and as always glamorous. Regency graduate Missy R. has the perfect manicure solution to combat any case of the “winter nail-blahs.”

Try a reverse French manicure!

Sure, French manicures receive all the kudos for being the “classic” and “timeless” nail option.

But, why not reveal something more innovative when you finally warm up enough to take off the gloves?

In a reverse manicure, the primary color starts at the tip of the nail and extends to the base. Rather than placing the accent color at the tip of the nail, a small swipe is placed at the base of the nail near the cuticle.

The truly festive might opt for holiday-inspired nails pairing red and green or white and red for a sweet nod to the candy cane. For a less flashy look, clear and white or white and pale pink are elegant options.

To get the look follow the steps below:

1. Choose a shade for the crescent moon shape at the base of the nail.

2. Apply the polish starting from the base of the nail near the cuticle halfway up the nail.

3. Play the waiting game – Wait to proceed until the polish is completely dry.

4. For precision, take a hole punch reinforce sticker and cut it in half.

5. Gently stick it on the nail with the curve pointed upward toward the tip of the nail. This forms a stencil for the crescent moon shape.

6. Take your second polish, which will be the primary nail color and paint starting at the sticker upward to the tip of the nail.

7. Repeat steps 2-6 until each nail is painted.

8. Wait until the polish is dry, and remove the stickers.

Voila! Your adaptation on the classic French manicure is complete.

Watch Missy’s beauty tip below to find out why she loves the reverse manicure.

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